A book by Mark Bittman, includes over 2,000 simple recipes.
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Pro Well organized
Each chapter starts with "Essential recipes", which are the building blocks for the more complicated foods that follow.
Pro Pragmatic recipes allow for learning by doing
As a beginner book, it functions like a food dictionary or thesaurus.
Pro Organized by Ingredient
Start with the ingredient you want to eat and explore from there.
Pro Very widely read and used book
The book was published in 1998 and has become very well known. This is a revised edition though, so you will find more up to date content.