One of my favorite cookbooks but also one of my frustrating cookbooks is the Joy of Cooking. It has the reputation and longevity. However, I do find it frustrating having to jump between recipes when cooking. One of my favorite recipes is blackberry cobbler.
Page 693 gives a simple recipe for preparing the blackberries. Sugar, cornstarch and lime zest, mixed together and placed in a baking dish. Jump to page 639 for a simple rolled biscuit recipe which is cut into strips and placed criss-crossed on the blackberries. Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes. Lots of other recipes and techniques are contained in this classic.