I've always valued the Joy of Cooking for its great recipes and tutorials explained with fantastic style. I've just used it in other kitchens and haven't invested in a copy for myself. However, I just checked the 75th anniversary edition out from the library. I went right for the bread section because I love love love their bread recipes, especially pita bread. Also, the stroganoff recipe is very good with substitutes. I'm trying to find other pages to copy before returing the book. 317, with tofu burgers (you can make into a loaf like meatloaf) and root vegetable and seitan stew look promising.