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Meta Givens Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking 2 Volumes Hardcover – January 1, 1969


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: J G FERGUSON PUBLISHING COMPAN; First Edition edition (1969)
  • ASIN: B00133FMZG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 4.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,911,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is even a recipe for cooking squirrel.
Diane Dobry
I purchased this cook book in about 1952 and learned how to cook from it.
Leila Owen
I recieved a used copy of this book when I was first married.
Lucy Edmonston

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When Ozarks native and home economist Meta Given published her first Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking in the 1940s, it was an immediate hit. It went through numerous revisions and reprintings in the 1950s and '60s, selling hundreds of thousands of copies -- astonishing figures for a cookbook published as a two-volume set of 1,500 pages. I grew up with this cookbook -- my parents still have their set -- and bought my own (1955 edition) on e Bay. This is not fad or diet cooking or nouvelle cuisine. This is a cookbook from a lady who spent her life cooking and knew what worked, from scrambled eggs (the secret: very low heat and long cooking time; they are even better with some Accent) to Lobster Thermidor. If anyone knows what became of her, if she is still with us, please let me know. -- David Hall
From the November 8, 1990, Los Angeles Times: "Some of the best cookbooks are out of print, replaced by a constant surge of new recipe collections. One old-timer that deserves longer life is "Meta Given 's Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking" (J.G. Ferguson Publishing Co.), a two-volume set first published in 1947 and revised in 1959. I picked up Vol. 1 in the Goodwill years ago and found it so valuable that I was thrilled when, months later, I came across Vol. 2. The recipes are amazingly thorough, detailing techniques that most cookbook authors would never think to describe. I appreciated this when called upon to make an angel food cake for a birthday celebration. Following Given's instructions to the letter, I beat the egg whites by hand with an old-fashioned flat wire whip, sifted the dry ingredients seven times and counted the strokes used to fold in the egg whites. The result was a magnificent cake -- tender, beautifully textured and delicately flavored with almond."
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Leila Owen on April 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like the reviewer from Gulf Shores, Ala.., I couldn't even boil water when I married. I purchased this cook book in about 1952 and learned how to cook from it. It was my cooking bible. My copy has been through too many moves to count, the hard cover is gone and some of the pages from the front and back. But it is still used. The pumpkin pie recipe that calls for orange juice is a family favorite. We don't wait for holidays to make it. I used this book to teach my children the proper way to set a table. I'v used the menues. I used it to find out how to dress out ducks that my husband brought home from hunting. I like the way the recipes are grouped together in sections. If you want to bake cookies, all recipes are together. I learned all of the mysteries of cooking terms. We subsitute healthier choices for some of the ingredients. For a new comer to cooking or shopping for food, the hints on what to look for are invaluable. Not everyone takes Home Ec in school or is even interested in it, anymore. Meta Givens taught Home Ec. at the Univercity of Chicago. With more people wanting to buy healthy, it is wonderful. Not everyone wants " frozen" home cooked food. I have four grown children who are squabbling over who get's it when I die! I have tried to find at least one more copy of this cook book. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the publisher would re-print this cook book!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By SirenPacific on November 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My mother in law gave we this set of two books. They're falling apart. None of this low fat crud...these are great old fashioned recipies! Everything I've made is absolutely delicious, especially the cookie recipeis. Would somebody please reprint this??!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "toniar" on September 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My mother, a wonderful cook, gave me this cookbook in 1959 as a bride to be. I've probably purchased 500 cookbooks since then, and this is the one I constantly return to. Full of delicious and healthy recipes, arranged in a simple to find manner, it also offers kitchen tips, ingredient substitutes, conversions, and ideas for serving. A gentle reminder of a time when manners and grace were expected, it teaches us how to prepare and serve everything from casual family meals to elaborate parties. My original copies are literally falling apart, but fortunately, I was able to find used replacements through a local bookstore's search. They found it at Amazon.com! It was years ahead of its time. My favorite section was and is the section on quick meals for working women. The full menu is presented, and each recipe follows. Each meal takes about 30-45 minutes from beginning to serving. I cannot understand why it is out of print. I'm glad that Amazon.com can get it used. My highest recommendation seems inadequate!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rich Osborn on March 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I received Met Given's cook books, volumes I and II, as a wedding gift 35 years ago. We have used it extensively and it is obviously used. The binding is broken and pages are loose but it is all complete. We refer to it all the time. When we are stuck with a cooking question we go to "Meta" and there is the answer. We wouldn't sell it for the world.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda M Young on March 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I obtained my 2 volumes at a church bookstore in 1969. Some recipes are not found elsewhere. I was raised on wild game and was thrilled to find "how to" instructions. Even though I had been trained in the "art" of preparing wild game as a child there were some things I had forgotten. This is a trusted cookbook and I have not yet found a recipe that has not "worked" as has happened with other cookbooks. There are no recipes with an X through them like my other cookbooks.
Most recently I made Key Lime Pies and received rave reviews. This cookbook has it all. If you only buy one cookbook in your life, spend your money on this one if you can find it.
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