Master Cookbooks

I was looking into purchasing a cookbook. Not just nay cookbook but one of those big,almost encyclopedic ones that have recipes for seemingly everything. I have the old version of The Joy of Cooking that my mom received as a graduation gift in 1981, but other than that most of my books are of the new/trendy vaierty. I want a book that I will refer to again and again (or cook the recipes enough that I memorize them).

I was considering Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child and How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittmann. What are your opinions on these two and do you have any other suggestions for which book I should get?

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