The "Joy of Cooking" cookbook has been a staple in my parents' kitchen for as long as I can remember. It holds many of my favorite recipes, including one of the best oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies I've ever tasted (recipe here. Just substitute 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips for the raisins) . They have a slight crunch when you first bite into them with a gooey center that's bursting with chocolate and oatmeal flakes. I made a batch last weekend from my own "Joy of Cooking" that my dad gave me for Christmas a few years back. Almost as special as the recipe itself is the inscription my dad wrote inside the front cover that I read every time I open the book (pictured below).