I have owned a great many cookbooks but I always seem to go back to my favorite, my mother's Better Homes and Gardens "New Cookbook". This is the book I used as I learned to cook. It is still the one I go to most often.
I believe this is the 1959-60 edition.
Some of the pages are in such bad shape, but amazingly most of the "must" have recipes are still readable! Though looking at this page I am not sure which recipe was the go to recipe on this page that caused all the repeated use. There are several pages throughout the book that look like this.
As I was putting away my book, I thought I would compare my mom's edition with that of my grandmother's edition (1939). Here are a few pictures of her book.