You know, Jennifer Niederst Robbins’ Web Design in a Nutshell is basically the Farmer’s Almanac of the Web.
I remember loving the Farmer’s Almanac when I was a kid. I’d browse it endlessly, reading all the folklore and obscure bits of knowledge, wonder how they could possibly forecast the weather for the entire year in advance. It was the kind of book you just had to buy, and it sat around for a long time. There was always something to learn, just pick it up and flip open to any page.
Web Design in a Nutshell has the same charm for me. And the Third Edition totally rocks.