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Product Details

  • Series: Betty Crocker Cooking
  • Hardcover-spiral: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Betty Crocker; 2 edition (October 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470111356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470111352
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The One Cookbook

You Need to Start Cooking with Confidence!

Do you want to fix your favorite foods, but aren't quite sure how? This new edition of Betty Crocker Cooking Basics is just what you need. Inside, you'll find easy recipes for all your favorites, including crowd-pleasers like Guacamole, Meat Loaf, Pad Thai and Strawberry Shortcake. For each recipe, illustrated techniques and goof-proof instructions guide you step by step to delicious results—even if you're a total kitchen beginner. You also get lots of helpful kitchen tips, tricks and information that take the mystery out of meal preparation. Here is everything you need to start cooking with confidence.

  • 112 simple, tasty recipes for the foods everyone loves

  • How-to photographs for each recipe illustrating key steps

  • Complete game plans for entertaining, including Thanksgiving Dinner

  • An illustrated guide to all the equipment you need to set up a kitchen

  • Photographs that demonstrate basic cooking techniques

  • Cooking times and nutrition information for every recipe

  • The lowdown on ingredients, cooking terms, food storage and more

About the Author

With more than 63 million cookbooks sold since 1950, Betty Crocker is the name readers trust for reliable recipes and great ideas. For over 75 years, Betty Crocker has provided advice to millions of Americans through cookbooks, magazines and television.


More About the Author

Since 1921, the Betty Crocker name has symbolized the General Mills continuing tradition of service to consumers. Although Betty was never a real person, her name and identity have become synonymous with helpfulness, trustworthiness and quality.

Betty Crocker has survived the decades by providing consumers with food information and food products that are contemporary without being faddish. The first hardcover cookbook, Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook was published in 1950 and quickly became a national best seller. Since then, more than 250 Betty Crocker cookbooks have been published.

Customer Reviews

Recipes laid out well and easy to follow.
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There are also great starter recipes, with Cook's Tips on each page, that help build confidence in the kitchen.
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I highly recommend this to anyone who loves to cook.
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155 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Veggie Girl on December 19, 2008
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I bought this book on-line (obviously) without ever actually getting to look through all the pages. I'm a pretty experience cook, but my brother--who got this book as a gift--isn't. He recently moved into his first apartment, and was calling me with questions like: 'How do I cook corn?' or 'How long can I keep food in my fridge before it goes bad?' I was more then happy to answer these questions, but thought that he'd really appreciate a book that had all these answers.

This book is wonderful! It has a chart in back that tells you how long you can keep food before it goes bad. It explains about what tools are useful to have around your kitchen. And it also has simple recipes (most have 5 ingredients or less). So, it's prefect for someone who just wants a foundation.

My brother will never aspire to be a great chef, or enjoy cooking and baking like I do, but he really appreciates being able to make simple meals. And to know the basics of things.

Great book!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By DelGal's Book Reviews on February 5, 2010
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This book has plenty of information for the new cook (and even veteran ones who forget the info) such as Measuring Guide, prep techniques, suggestions for kitchen gadget essentials, extensive glossaries of ingredients and cooking terms, and information on food storing, temperatures and storage. Of course this book also contains good basic recipes - but nothing too fancy. Recommended for new cooks, doesn't have anything too exciting however, for the advanced cook.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on December 26, 2009
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I bought this cookbook for my son when he got his first apartment. It has been very helpful to him.
This cookbook is good for first timers. It shows you all the basics and is a great stepping stone for our first time chefs.
I have a copy in my collection also. This one is a must have!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on May 10, 2010
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I just got this book and have made a few of the recipes, which have all turned out fairly well. Recipes laid out well and easy to follow. They don't require extensive prep work or too many fancy ingredients. Some recipes do take a while to cook though. If you really are a true beginner, you will have to make a few extra trips to the grocery store before you have all the basics stored in your pantry.

I do wish there were more seafood, meatless/anti-pasta, and dessert recipes included. I would NOT recommend this book for vegetarians.

I'm looking forward to getting through this book and advancing to other betty crocker books.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By H. Lundwell on April 25, 2010
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My nineteen-year-old vegetarian granddaughter will be leaving for a European country this summer to serve as an au pair for a family with young children. She THINKS she can cook, but her repertoire consists of very simple pasta dishes, beans and rice. I asked her to identify a "saucepan," and to explain "saute" and realized we needed a really really basic cookbook. Amazon has 50-gazillion cookbooks, right? I narrowed it down to a half-dozen and carefully read reviews, most positive and most negative, and this one came out on top. It first introduces the cook to the kitchen...what's in it. What you need. How you use it. It explains the processes involved, like sauteing or braising. And it provides a lot of really, really nice recipes from very simple ones for a kid's lunch, to lovely ones you'd be proud to serve your own guests. My husband is as good a cook as you can find elsewhere. He pronounced thiss a gem for beginning cooks, or cooks who know how to throw stuff together, but really want some solid grounding. THIS is a winner.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on July 30, 2010
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This cookbook has everything you need to know to become an expert cooker. It is filled with tons of information about cooking. It has everything from how to use something, what a certain cooking utensil is, how long certain foods last and where to store them properly, what you can use as a substitution. I use this book as my "cooking dictionary" just about everytime I cook. It also has some good beginner recipes too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julia on January 27, 2011
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I gave this cookbook to my stepdaughter for Christmas. She is 19 and in college, so she needs to learn to cook for herself. She absolutely loved the book - not only because of the yummy recipes and great pictures, but also for the cooking tips and advice it included. Very educational. Her 22-year-old sister also loved it and wanted her own copy. Great book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian F. Boyce on May 15, 2011
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This book does a good job of covering the
fundamentals of cooking. I have not cooked much before reading this book. It has helped me prepare many healthy meals for my two teenage daughters,who can be picky eaters. The book has many easy to prepare recepies that taste good. It is a good book to learn better cooking skills.
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