on October 1, 2014
A fire in my house destroyed my original set which I bought over 30 years ago. In my opinion it is the best "Basic Cookbook" ever. This cookbook is excellent for the novice or beginner, and over time allows for adjustments and personalization of its recipes. I have given this set to many young brides, including my daughter. It has prevented many new bride cooking disasters. As a pretty decent cook at this point, with many cooking techniques under my belt, I still refer and use this cookbook set.
on October 14, 2009
My father was a publisher's rep for Doubleday while I was growing up, and the go-to cookbook in our house was the Doubleday Cookbook. We never had Joy of Cooking, or any of the other classics, just Doubleday. I got interested in cooking in my teens and read the book cover to cover. Most all of what I know about cooking today came from this book, and cooking is my primary hobby. The original had fun things like how to skin and cook a squirrel, or kill and dismember a turtle, but I don't know that the most recent ones have that. I still have the old, stained, falling apart Doubleday cookbook from my youth, and it is one of my treasures.