Joy of Cooking is seriously such a great kitchen reference. I got my copy as a wedding gift, and use it all the time--need menu ideas for a brunch? (page 21), or a substitute for cilantro? (spicy basil, page 1060) or wonder how easy it is to make biscotti (which, by the way, they declare low-fat)? (page 834).
I love it when a recipe I searched for is naturally low-fat AND I have all the ingredients on hand. Biscotti is a perfect tide-me-over til lunch--it's not a cookie, it's biscotti-- not to mention a strong reason to pour that third cup of coffee. Don't judge. I can quit whenever I want.