I finally settled on buying HomeBaking and Seductions of Rice.I already knew I liked Seductions of Rice because I've been using recipes from it for year now (seemed like I ought to buy it), but HomeBaking was new to me and I've been very pleased with it. We're making the Tahini Rolls today and last night we tried the apple pie baked in a potato dough crust. That was one of the best apple pies I've ever had and it was so much easier and healthier too. HomeBaking is bargain priced too right now, so it's a great deal.
And we tried the Chinese egg fried rice and the Thai red curry from Seductions of Rice last night (an odd collection of dishes, yes, but I prefer to try several new things at once in case something bombs). The Thai curry was very simple and so was the fried rice and both turned out perfectly. What a great meal. I've only found a few cookbooks authors that I can always count on like I can the authors of these cookbooks (see Flatbreads & Flavors and Hot Sour Salty Sweettoo.