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Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (2003) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens Books
  • ASIN: B001IOJEJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,422,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This is the Best Of The Best Cookbook.
Debra W. Kite
This book has some great recipes and some not so good ones but they way it is laid out it is just a good cookbook.
MissionMan
I have since bought probably 10 used copies of this book - one to replace pg.
Rene Hawes

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rene Hawes on December 26, 2009
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This is the cookbook I learned to cook from - with great success I might add. I was raised as an orphan, was on my own by 15 so had no one to watch and needed TOTAL guidance that this book gave me. At 19 yrs old I loved the Meal Planning section that had a quick glance chart of choices you could prepare with any given entree. If you knew you wanted to cook chicken but didn't want to serve the same mashed potatoes and green beans, you could find BBQ'd chicken, fried or roasted and see two choices each for a starchy food, vegetable, salad, desert and nice to serve or extra. It also offered ideas in the same way for packed lunches and breakfasts. Pictures galore thru-out the book but some of my favorites were in setting and decorating the table and entertaining since I was drawn to the idea but had NO idea how to carry it out. I have since bought probably 10 used copies of this book - one to replace pg. 72 - my favorite bread recipe page and the page missing with the biscuit and pancake recipe. This is the only cookbook I owned till about 10 years ago when I became interested in cooking authentic Mexican food. While at the bookstore a lady told me that if I ONLY bought one other cookbook in my life - it should be one of Mr. Foods. I now own nearly every cookbook he has put out and have passed on his books to all the children, grandchildren and friends as well as my STAND BY FAVORITE - this Better Homes and Garden new Cookbook. I have collected 30-40 cookbooks but ALWAYS return to this one, Julia Childs, and Mr. Food (especially the red one) & Rick Bayless for Mexican. Because I started using this book when I was young and totally new at any type of cooking - I ended up making things that I later learned were SUPPOSE to be quite difficult and gourmet in taste and presentation.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KyleH on December 22, 2011
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My Mom received this cookbook when she got married in 1956. I used to love looking at the amazing photos in her copy of this cookbook and now I have my own copy to pass on to my children. Very happy with the condition which was very accurate in the description prior to my ordering it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debra W. Kite on September 28, 2008
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This is the Best Of The Best Cookbook. I have one that is old and falling apart. I use it all the time that is why I ordered a new replacement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DaisyOak on June 19, 2013
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The book has sections on setting up a household, calories, exercises, weight loss and maintenane, and home making ideas. I enjoyed this book - seeing the difference from 1953 to today. Meals were made at home, people drank milk and ate carbs. Meat was the biggest part of the meal, Carrots were bought whole and cleaned cooked and so where other vegetables.

Vegetables such as parsnips and more unusual varieties of swash were discussed in this book.

I learned much about cooking from this older book and keeping a kitchen running for 3 meals, lunches and snacks.

This book got me back to having dinners at home and fixing real food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Unverzagt on April 17, 2012
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I have a smaller, a little older, paperback version of this book. My mother got it for me as a gift when I went away to college and would be cooking more often for myself. I find it easy to follow, most of the ingredients are easy to find, and the recipes generally cover the gamut of comfort food to some common ethnic recipes (like some common Italian or Asian dishes). She's said that if she had to keep only one cookbook, this would probably be it. I agree. It has photos, but not excessively, and educational info at the beginning (of mine) that explains what various things are, like spices, vegetables, utensils & tools, and cuts of meat. I would say if you're looking for a general cookbook that provides information for a cooking rookie (but one also a more experienced cook can use), my suggestions would be either this book or Joy of Cooking. Hope this helps.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patti Nash on December 31, 2009
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We were all sitting around talking about cooking when Susan pulled out her mother's Better Homes & Gardens CookBook from 1943. There is nothing quite like looking through a classic cookbook. The pictures are so (1940's) and they are a sight to see.

My brother loves to cook and mentioned that he would like to get an older copy of the BH&G cookbook, so I got home and went straight to Amazon.com and typed in "Vintage Classic BH&G cookbook". The first one was from 1943 and it went for close to $170. A little pricey for my budget. So, I found the 1953 for a bit less and ordered it. The condition is almost mint all the way down to the clear plastic page covers. I gave it to him Christmas Day and he loved it. He can't wait to find something "classic" to make from it.

Amazon.com has never let me down.

Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joni on February 1, 2011
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I already own this cookbook, but the one I have is literally falling apart so I wanted to replace it if I could. After searching for quite some time, I finally found this cookbook and purchased it. It is in fantastic condition considering how old it is. I like the original recipes in this original cookbook. Subsequent updates of this cookbook do not contain the same original recipes - many have been modified for lower fat, etc. I wanted the original cookbook with the original tried and true recipes and I'm very pleased I found it!
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