Well, I like to cook. Generally my base kit goes between 9 and 11 pounds. Mostly, I use the venerable SVEA 123 stove. I have tried to use alcohol for longer trips, but the weight of fuel is a killer. I cook, remember? The same for canisters. This are only slightly better for weight than a caldera cone and alcohol, or, they are nearly as heavy as the SVEA. Using a PET bottle and the SVEA does as well on longer trips. (I get about 11-16L per tank full on low, depending on the starting temp of the water.) By tests, .32oz/liter starting at 40F average. At home, I have gotten as good as a canister at around 4L per ounce. The stove itself weighs ~17oz. The cup and handle are included. Great for cocoa at night while you cook supper.
Food is always bulk, usually rice, dried meats, sphigetti, parified butter, bisquick, and dried veggies for suppers. Generally this takes a bit more cooking at a very low simmer. Frying, requires a bit higher heat, but is usually managed in the pot. Soups, stews, pot pies, spanish rice, etc...the large variety of stuff helps stave off the boredom of trail foods... Breakfast is coffee, cocoa, cinimon & bisquick rolls steam baked...the hot water makes a good third cup of coffee...
Anyway, most will disagree with my choice. It is an ultra dependable stove, though. No moving parts, 'cept the valve. No pump is needed and a self contained fuel tank for short trips. I got it back in the early 70s I think. I really have forgotten. I added a midi pump and cap later on, but have never done anything else to it. It just works. For close to 40 years it has worked about 30-40 nights out per year(more now that I am retired.) Through ice fishing trips in winter, and occasional snow shoe trips in the High Peaks, canoe trips through the ADK's, and all the backpack trips, it has never failed to fire up and run. My kids don't remember a time without it. Now they have their own kids. Before Cascade (MSR) was, it was cooking for me. Hard to get rid of the thing. Just too good at what it does...even for the additional 4-5 ounces, it still is my first choice for more than a simple weekend fastpack.
Anyway, there are still some available at A&H Campstoves.