The Basics: A Really Useful Cook Book by Anthony Telford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It's not a special cookbook. But it is an important one for every cooks shelf. It is exactly what it says it is: the basics.
It has everything you could ever need. The rest of your cookbooks are for the things you want.
It also has great hints and tips for each recipe. It's quite foolproof. Master these and you'll be we'll on your way to mastering those more extravagant recipes.