Ali has a shelf especially devoted to her cookbooks too.
My shelf is in my sitting room right next to the end of the sofa where I sit. I have easy access to my beloved cookbooks, somewhere to put my mug or glass, and a shelf for my diary and notebooks.
Mostly Nigella. Also my very useful Mary Berry cake book plus other miscellaneous favourites.
Hugh F-W, Tessa Kiros et al. And Delia's Complete Cookery Course of course. These are not my most used books as you can see from the dust on the shelf.
Diana Henry (favourite cookery writer), Nigel Slater and Rose Prince. Plus The Diet Bible ironically balanced upon the Nigels. As you can see it is well thumbed. It's a jolly good book actually, full of common sense advice as well as plenty of delicious sounding meal ideas. Note to self: don't just read it, follow its advice as well.
Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson plus a few other classics and some more recent publications.
And that isn't all of them.
There are no Jamies, Gordons or Hestons (cannot stand any of them). In fact Hugh and Nigel are the only men on my cookery shelf. There aren't many baking books either. Mary Berry is all I need. I'm not a fan of cupcakes, cake pops (why?) or macarons or anything really that involves large quantities of icing sugar. As a general rule I like general cookbooks; books which deal with all kinds of food rather than specific types.
I like pictures in a cookbook but I like good writing more. Many of my favourite books have no pictures at all. Cookbooks have to pull their weight if they are to stay on my shelf. They must either be useful or inspirational and preferably both. If they're not they go to Oxfam. Family members shouldn't buy me cookbooks because if it's one I want I'll have already bought it.