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Better Than Store-Bought: A Cookbook Authoritative recipes for the foods that most people never knew they could make at home. Hardcover – 1979


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060146931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060146931
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had a copy of this book back in the early 80's.
Debra Barnes
Almost every one of the recipes I've tried is terrific.
Michael Warshauer
The recipes are all comprehensive and easy to follow.
Barbtail

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Barbtail on November 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have had this cookbook since the 80's and use it regularly. My copy is yellowed, stained, torn, taped and well loved. I think I've tried nearly every recipe in it, including the recipe for caviar. The recipes are all comprehensive and easy to follow.
Some of my favorites include; black pumpernickel bread, fresh chorizo sausage; and the homemade chili sauce (extra tomatoes in summer?-- try this recipe). There's even a recipe for tofu in it! (And pastrami, too!) If you can find it, get it. You won't be disapointed!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The recipes in this book are amazing. I especially like the roasted pumpkin seeds (I didn't know you had to boil them first!) and the mustard. Making these a la carte items from scratch sounds daunting--but it isn't with this book as your guide. Small touches like these make whoever you're cooking for know they're SPECIAL. And you don't have to be Martha Stewart to succeed! I found out about this book browsing my the bookshelf in my mom's kitchen in New Hampshire. She let me borrow it but wanted it back. Now I know why.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wilson on October 14, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found a reference to this after having searched the internet for marshmallow recipes. The recipe was posted online, but I bought the book figuring it was the right thing to do. I had NO idea how delightful this would be. Most of the recipes I've never seen anyplace else (gingerbread cookie MIX!?!) The marshmallow recipe alone has won me a couple marriage proposals. If you have any impulse to cook or bake, please buy this book. You will be amazed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A reader in Central America on May 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am under the impression that there are two versions of this cookbook - the first written by the authors before the days of microwave ovens, slow cookers and other more modern, affordable kitchen appliances and then the other a new version, rewritten years later to take advantage of the new appliances - but the basic recipes are basically the same. Only the methods are different, where they can be improved or speeded up.

You can find everything you ever loved to buy at German or Italian delicatessens - the sauerkraut, the pickles, the bagels, the Italian sweet sausage, the Italian spicy sausage, the stuffed peppers, EVERYTHING I love. The first time I found the old version in the Army Post library, I photocopied half the book and enjoyed all the great stuff I wasn't able to buy in a foreign country. The authors say they love to make all these things from scratch (even homemade ketchup!) because they don't want their families to have all the food additives in commercially prepared foods. Frankly, I'm not so squeamish -- but I LOVE the food - think corned beef and real, smoked pastrami and cracked olives. The newer version uses blenders, heavy-duty mixers, home smokers, microwave ovens, no matter what you use, recipes are easy to follow, ingredients are not usually hard to find. Enjoy!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By V. Muratore on November 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
My copy of this book is spine-snapped in several places, dog-eared, and spotted and soiled throughout, in spite of all my care. I searched for years to find a copy to give to a fellow "basics" cook and she was as thrilled with it as I have been. The anise cookies are fabulous, as are the pretzels and, in fact, every other recipe I've made. A Must Have for a serious cook's bookshelf.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book that is a 'must' for all serious cooks.. Learn how to make REAL bagels, corn beef, marshmallows and on and on. I had a copy and lost it...a great loss indeed. If you can lay your hands on a copy, do so, then fling a lip around all the wonderful things you will create!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Debra Barnes on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had a copy of this book back in the early 80's. I loaned it out and never got it back, I have missed it ever since. The home made cottage and riccotta cheeses are sooo good and simple to make.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Cooper on October 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When my house burned down and I lost all my cookbooks, the one favorite I coouldn't replace is this one. I know two people who own it and I've been borrowing it a lot, esp. during summer/harvest. I need it for jams, pickles, sauerkraut. At this moment I have sauerkraut bubbling away and a rye sourdough starter that's just ready to use.
I don't know of another book that covers all these things and...graham crackers, deviled ham, chutney. Make it all! Just about my favorite cookbook and now I've found it!!
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