What is the use of a recipe? A recipe is a teaching tool, a guide, a point of departure. Follow it exactly the first time you make the dish. As you make it again and again, you will change it, massage it to fit your own taste and aesthetic. Eventually it will become your own personal recipe - Jacques Pepin
Trent, at The Simple Dollar, posts a list of the top six personal finance books on his Essential Bookshelf. All very good, but when I saw the post title, I thought, "Dang, I should called my blog The Essential Bookshelf."