This is a well-used, well-loved copy of Mark Bittman's book How to Cook Everything. We turn to it often and have cooked everything from bagels (which were stunningly good) to fish (he gives recipes for all kinds) to Raspberry Gratin (hello, Summer!). At this moment, Solveig is baking the Sweet and Rich Muffins from page 250. I add a little vanilla, use white whole wheat flour and substitute soy milk for the milk, but other than that I just make the plain muffins. They look a little bit boring.
The kids love them so much that it's a little surprising. There are no fancy frostings or sprinkles or chocolate chips (although I might have to try that...) and the kids eat them up and their friends demand that they share at lunch time. Hmm.
Mark Bittman has a new book out, called How To Cook Everything Vegetarian, and it is, of course, also fantastic. It makes me love him just a teeny bit more.