The New Cook by Donna Hay
Okay, I admit it. With its simple recipes and pretty pictures to go with them, this is cooking for dummies, but some days, that's all I feel like doing. An Australian Martha Stewart, Hay offers recipes ranging from adaptive Asian to updated Anglo comfort foods, and I've cooked from every section in this edition, so I know firsthand that the recipes work. Sweet potato tart with sage, bread pudding, fruit-stuffed roast pork loin, baked raspberry cheesecake—no one complains that I'm slumming when these hit the table.