Here's where I let my thoughts go this way and that on food-related topics.

Getting the Right Cookbook for the Right Person: Some Ideas for Holiday Gift Giving.
Most cookbooks listed here I've reviewed in 1998, a few are from 1997 reviews.

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For omnivores, carnivores, herbivores: basically anyone who likes high-taste, low-food-chain eating:
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison......If my house were on fire and I had to rescue only one vegetarian cookbook (an admittedly unlikely scenario), this would be it.
The Essential Vegetarian by Diana Shaw.....a nice hand-holding cookbook especially for one who is just discovering vegetables.
Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven by Mollie Katzen....Her trademark sparkling recipes, text, and artwork.
Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings by Robert Espe Brown.....Sometimes it's so nice to have a Zen guy in the kitchen with you to help make dinner, make you laugh, and put things in cosmic perspective.
For any friends or relatives whose cars would sport bumper stickers declaring "I'd rather be in Tuscany"....except these are not generally bumper-sticker people:
RogersGray Italian Country Cooking by Ruth Rogers and Ruth Gray
Red, White, and Greens by Faith Willinger
For multi-tasking, mentally melting down moms and dads who know all too well why 5 pm is called the arsenic hour:
Desperation Dinners! by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross
For the rare person who not only owns an ice cream maker, but actually uses it:
Sorbets and Ice Creams by Lou Siebert Pappas
For anyone who has ever pointed out a ten-dollar jar of pickled artichokes in Dean and Deluca and remarked, "I could make that.":
The Glass Pantry by Georgeanne Brennan
For food lovers who cringe at the term "foodie"; who prefer to think of "fusion" as a scientific term rather than a cooking style; and who wouldn't be caught dead saying, "faabulous".
The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook by Christopher Kimball
For those who want a historically vast, spiritually moving, and culturally fascinating cookbook. The recipes are really good, too:
The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden
For anyone who ever wonders what to make for dinner when there's nothing in the house to eat (and doesn't want to order pizza):
What to Cook When You Think There's Nothing in the House to Eat by Arthur Schwartz
For all lovers of the love apple:
You Say Tomato by Joanne Weir
For those who thrill to the thought of cheese balls, Boston Creme Pie, and Jell-0 Salad molds and other blasts from the past:
Better Homes and Gardens 75 Years of All-Time Favorites
For anyone with a taste for exciting, diverse food....but doesn't have a lot of time to make it:
Recipes 1-2-3 Menus Cookbook by Rozanne Gold
Recipes 1-2-3 Cookbook by Rozanne Gold
For connoisseurs of quirk who don't already own this best seller:
Play with Your Food by Joost Elffers*
For those who would rather spend a morning in Paris roaming the food market on rue Mouffetard than taking a head-phone tour through the Louvre.
Food Markets of the World by Nelli Sheffer and Mimi Sheraton
For those who wish they could have roamed the food market on rue Mouffetarde in the 1860's:
The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola*
*not actually a cookbook