Dear Mr. Gold:
Do you always eat out? Do you ever eat at home? Do you have any cookbooks that you use a great deal? Just curious.
−Maggs, Mar Vista
Actually, I cook kind of a lot. A weird amount. I'm the guy who cooks red beans and rice or quail and grapes for 10, and then realizes that he has forgotten to invite anybody to dinner. (My children sometimes have unusual lunchboxes.) Anyway, in case you were wondering, these are the 10 most battered cookbooks in my kitchen: