I have limited space for books in my home, so I'm extremely picky as to which volumes earn a space on my shelves. I've given a good many books to the thrift store for not being practical, useful, or meaty enough. (I dislike anything generic and books that cover a hundred miles worth of topic with only an inch of depth aren't my style).
I do enjoy the occasional audio book as well, but I've found there are certain types of books I absolutely must hold in my hands and touch-- especially if they are cookbooks or reference guides. So grab your highlighter and reading glasses-- you'll find some of my top favorites below.