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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes & Gardens
  • Ring-bound: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens; Lslf edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696207990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696207990
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 2.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With an excellent section on bread baking and a few scattered recipes for savory baked goods, this collection of 600 recipes remains mostly a celebration of American desserts, offering a glimpse into the kitchens and dining rooms of middle America from the 1930s to the present. The quirky, but surprisingly effective, organization underscores the point: the section "Old Fashioned Desserts" features vintage recipes from the magazine, the Apple-Cherry Pandowdies, Blackberry Cobblers and Baked Custards of our grandparents' Sunday dinners. The abundance of cheesecake recipes (18 in all, including a Cafe Au Lait variation) conjure up 1970s dinner parties, while "Spectacular Desserts" includes a Della Robbia Fruit Tart and Olive Oil Genoise in Strawberry Champagne Sauce. Pies and tarts, cakes, cookies and bars, and quick breads get their fair share of attention. Selected recipes in each section are tagged "best loved," "low fat" and "easy." Each recipe comes with a complete breakout of nutritional information, and the 270 photographs illustrating how-to basics are especially helpful. Occasionally recipes are broken into steps somewhat arbitrarily; readers will do well to read through the instructions before beginning their work. With its characteristic perky, can-do spirit, this comprehensive collection will appeal to anyone with a soft spot for American desserts. 125,000 first printing.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
Format: Ring-bound
As a high school student I would turn to this book whenever I needed to make something for a school event or 4-H project. My classmates adored the banana split cake and the chocolate swirl cheesecake, and my best friend fell in love with one of the pudding cakes. Pair this book with the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook for some fantastic and memorable meals.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
Format: Ring-bound
I love this book. It is set up so nicely with great directions. The old-fashioned desserts are some I have not seen since I was a child. It is nice to make something my mother remembers! I love the breads of all kinds and the children's section helps make this a cookbook we all can enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am not a very experienced baker, however, I ordered this book to help me out with my Holiday cookies. I want to say that this book makes baking easy even for those of us who are not experts. The directions are simple and explanitory. I also found the side tips and pictures to be extremely helpful. This book is truely a must for anyone who loves to bake, is learning to bake, or needs some new baking suggestions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Guthrie on July 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This will be one of the most used cookbooks in your kitchen.

The recipes are easy to follow, and they all WORK! I haven't had a dud yet from this book, and my husband and I have made almost everything in it.

We got the loudest raves for the Double Chocolate Orange Torte, the Italian Cream Cake, and the Cafe Au Lait Cheesecake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mirope on March 16, 2002
Format: Ring-bound
This would be the perfect cookbook for a young cook who is ready to move beyond chocolate chip cookies and on to more diverse baking. The editors have provided a solid review of the fundamentals about techiniques and ingredients, some of which are demonstrated in photographs. The recipes are well organized. Each section - cakes, pastry, pies, cookies, etc. - progresses from basic recipes to more complex offerings. A particularly nice feature is a nutritional analysis for each recipe, even though you may not want to know the calorie count for some of the more decadent desserts. There are some relatively more sophisticated recipes, but experienced bakers with a good cooking library may not find this book particularly enlightening. However, the sections on cooking with and for kids are very original and look like lots of fun. I can hardly wait to bake the castle birthday cake for my niece's next birthday!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 2001
Format: Ring-bound
Great book - love the tabbed dividers and the 3-ring binder it comes in the most - simply for the convenience and practicality. Wish all cookbooks came like this one. It covers some of the classic recipes for breads, cookies and cakes, as well as ones I've never tried or heard of before but ended up loving. Easy to follow, allows for mistakes, and has easy to use conversion tables. Also, good as a Christmas present, along with their standard checkerboard-cookbook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2001
Format: Ring-bound
This baking book has it all.. Great, delicious (and easy) recipes.. And knowledge! Ever wonder how brownies got their start? Or where cookies come from?? It's in here! I highly recommend this for anyone that has a love of baking.
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