We wouldn't necessarily call this our bible (have you ever seen a bible richly spattered with buerre blanc?) but this beloved volume from the prophetess Alice Waters is one of our all-time favorites. There have been others to enter the pantheon (hey to the matriarchs Marcella and Edna, old pals Ina and Mark, and new BFF's Samin and Julia T.) but this book, like the best meals, gets straight to the nourishing heart of the matter. From stocking your kitchen to mastering fundamentals, this book lays out simple, essential recipes for healthy food that tastes great and doesn't require any special tools or additional stops after the farmer's market. Cruise by Two Pony Gardens, pick up whatever seasonal perfection makes your heart sing, and dinner is yours.