The Betty Crocker Cookbook has been a standard in most kitchens for many years. Despite the fact that some may think of it as "old fashioned", it is really the perfect reference manual and recipe book for every kitchen.
This cookbook contains most of the basic recipes any cook needs in addition to many more uncommon dishes. The index lists recipes by name but also by the main ingredient. I like this because I can look for a specific recipe but if I don't remember the name I can simply look under the food, like potatoes, and find a list of recipes with potatoes as the main ingredient. This is handy when I have an ingredient but am looking for a new or different way to prepare it.
The cookbook is also helpful because it gives basic instructions for newer cooks. I find I use this section when I am preparing something that uses a technique I have never used before. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
While I have many cookbooks in my kitchen I would never part with my Betty Crocker Cookbook because it is my basic recipe and reference manual.