This is a spin off of the how many cookbooks do you have thread. I really only own 1 cookbook and it was a gift. I don't find it very useful for what I need. I think I would call myself an intermediate cook. Certainly not a beginner but there are some skills I am working on that I think will make me more of an advanced cook. Namely timing and mastering some basic techniques that I think will come with repetition.
What I am looking for to start my collections are some good all around cookbooks. What is something that you use the most when you want to look up a technique or a basic recipe, like how do I poach fish? How to caramelize onions? I like having these things because even though I don't have to read through the instructions every time, just opening to that page is enough to jog my memory.
And I am also open to some cuisine or subject specific cookbooks.