Sadly most are cookbooks
1. Curries without worries- For my faves of chicken curry, lamb curries, califlower & pea curry, and other good curries. The book needs to be copied for preservation.
2. How to Cook Everything- M. Bittman. For when I need a general idea of how to cook it.
3. Bistro Cooking. I had this book in grad school (History- UMASS). Never used it. After grad school (Library Science- UMCP) I discovered the lamb & garlic. Love the lamb & garlic.
4. Invention of Tradition. Eric Hobsbaum? As much as I love tradition.....
5. Bible- Please note this list is not in order of importance. No one version.
6. Book of Common Prayer.
7. Four Loves. CS Lewis. I like to review how I'm loving people (or not). I actually like reading this book, and refer back to it often.
8. Old House Journal (the book not the mag)- Renovation book, I got an old house. You figure.
9. Modern Archives Reader. Just for one article/chapter about not grandfathering in old records b/c the damned things managed to sit on the shelf untouched before you got there. Curses be to the earlier staff who took in all sorts of crap just to fill up their shelves. Now we have no space.
10. Frugual Gourmet Cooks with Wine- From here comes the chicken marsala and my standby pasta salad. This book s literally falling apart. I need to find another copy.