1) I wanted to copy over 60% of the recipes in the book for regular future use
2) Most recipes did not require trumped-up bullshit ingredients that I have to special order from Tunisia, etc.
3) Recipes were strong on flavor, moderate-to-low on time and effort (because I do have other things to accomplish during the day besides make one freaking meal)
4) Swear words. Only one cookbook fit this category, but it was pretty fun.
The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes. Kitchens and Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand
America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers, by Mario Batali and Jim Webster