I'm a big fan of the More with Less cookbook by Doris Jantzen Longacre. From the back of the cookbook - "Since 1976, More with Less Cookbook has helped thousands of families establish a climate of joy and concern for others at mealtime, while improving nutrition and saving money." It's full of recipes from Mennonites from around the world. It has lots of basic, simple recipes I use again and again, as well as more exotic recipes. HTH!