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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 75th Anniversary Edition Ring-bound – Deluxe Edition, August 17, 2004


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Product Details

  • Ring-bound: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens; 12 edition (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696222507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696222504
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Every novice or experienced cook need this cookbook.
Linda
It's an extremely high quality three-ring binder to allow you to remove recipe pages, and then return them to the book.
Courtland J. Carpenter
I have the Better H&G 11th edition new cookbook, and this 75-anniversary edition is so much better!
Desdimona

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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Courtland J. Carpenter VINE VOICE on November 11, 2004
Format: Ring-bound
I didn't get this at Amazon, but received a similar discount. It came to me at a book fair brought to my place of work. At the time one of my co-workers remarked, "are you buying an auto parts manual"? In some ways, he was correct. This book has many similarities to such a book. Auto parts look-up manuals are large books with many divider tabs for easy to get to sections, this book has that. They have many detailed pictorial breakdowns of the parts and the tools needed to perform repairs. This book contains detailed photos on the recipes, the utensils, and cooking equipment to prepare them.

I'm an Engineer by profession, who also has a background in chemistry, so I'm used to following a scripted set of instructions. I've rarely seen any cookbook that is as thorough as this one. There are quick references for choosing spices, performing measurements, selecting meat cuts, even the tastes and textures of various kinds of fish. In addition, anywhere a special technique of mixing, or using a special pot (like a double boiler) is necessary, they have a detailed sidebar to explain it. At the beginning of most sections, there is often a full instructional on how to prepare that type of food, or perform a certain cooking technique (like grilling, BBQ with charcoal, gas or electric).

Now I've bought a number of cookbooks in my time. I have one each for specifics like soups, pizza, crock ware cooking, BBQ, and even bread-making. Most of them cost nearly the price of this book, and though they have some special recipes of their own, this general-purpose book often has more information on the specific topic than the entire book I bought for that subject. I look at this guide as an encyclopedia of cooking and recipes.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By C. Cunningham on December 24, 2004
Format: Ring-bound
This book comes in a very durable five-ring binder with full-color recipes. Each section has tabs with the food category (fish, cakes, cookies, meats, slow-cooker meals, etc), and in each section is another table of contents written specifically for that food category. There are also cooking tips splattered throughout the book which are very helpful for novice cooks. The meat section contains diagrams that show where each different cut of meat comes from. There are metric equivalents and emergency substituion guides. It seems to cover all the basic recipes, plus some...and the big bonus is a special section after the general index that lists all the special 75th Anniversary recipes.

I honestly think this an absolutely fabulous cookbook -- if you like the BHG style. If you are not a current BHG subscriber, check out the magazine and the Better Homes website ([...]) and become acquainted with their recipes and content before you make your decision. I am a subscriber to the magazine, which is one of my top two favorites, so the book (I bought it sealed and never opened it prior to purchasing it) did not disappoint me in the least. This may well become your favorite cooking reference.

My only advice is that if you are into gourmet recipes, this is definitely not the book for you. These are very simple, with a splash of elegance recipes. Nothing exotic here, just good ole down-home cooking.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Desdimona on September 9, 2005
Format: Ring-bound
Joy be, get this cookbook! I have the Better H&G 11th edition new cookbook, and this 75-anniversary edition is so much better! The real selling point to this book is its organization, beauty, and inspiring photos. Even if you don't especially care about the special anniversary recipes, this edition is a far nicer upgrade than the eleventh edition.

The eleventh edition was not inspiring in my opinion. The photos were bland, small, and very perfunctory, like hands cutting or rolling dough. Are these photos helpful? I don't know. I was never inspired enough to try any of the recipes. The 12th/75 anniversary edition on the other hand, makes you want to cook. The recipes are not crowded on the page, recipe headings are dark read and easy to see, and the photos are nicely sized and of food you'll cook instead of how to photos. The book has plenty of info too, like big pictures of different cheeses (p278) and cooking tools (p9), and lots of other how to information in addition to the recipes.

When you open this limited edition, the cover page says 12th edition. This anniversary edition seems to be the 12th edition with a special added section at the back for the best recipes from 1930 through the 1990s. Nothing seems to be particularly anniversaryish except the cover and the section at the back, but this cover especially gives it a very traditional, homey, and special feel. The special anniversary section is small to medium sized, but nice.

Well worth getting!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harry Allen on February 25, 2006
Format: Ring-bound
I bought the original Better Homes and Gardens (1953,1962) that I still have and use. This one has everything my old one has but much, much more including updated and timeless recipes. I have many cookbooks in my collection but always refer to my Better Homes and Gardens first. A wonderful gift for anyone that loves to cook and entertain.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By brightcopperkettles on March 8, 2006
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This new 75th anniversary edition is the best yet. It is the perfect cookbook for the beginning cook as well as for those of us who have been cooking for years. The first section is an invaluable reference section called "Cooking Basics," which includes everything from measuring ingredients and stocking your kitchen to planning meals and table manners. The cookbook is broken down into the typical categories, with an index at the beginning of each to assist in finding a particular recipe quickly. There are the expected beautiful photographs that BH&G is famous for and lots of them to tempt you to both try new recipes and remind you of old favorites. Best of all, the selection of recipes included in this book is right on target for the way we all live today. It includes all the must-have recipes for comfort foods most Americans grew up with to ethnic and regional favorites that we all now enjoy.

The ONLY negative thing I found was that the page numbers are quite small and are located on the right border, mid page, of each page; I found this more difficult to use, but this may just be a personal preference. Others may find it easier.

This is the perfect go-to cookbook when you are looking for a specific recipe or planning that special dinner.

Well done, BH&G!
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