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"Declared the Best Tastemaker of the Texas Century." -- Texas Monthly

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Stanley Marcus declared Helen Corbitt "the Balenciaga of Food." Earl Wilson described her simply as "the best cook in Texas." Lyndon B. Johnson loved her stroganoff and wished she would accompony him and Lady Bird-to the White House to run the dining room. Helen Corbitt is to American cuisine what Julia Child is to French. Corbitt's genius was in presentations of new and unusual flavor combinations, colors, and even serving temperatures. She insisted on the finest, freshest ingredients, served with impeccable style. As Director of Food Services for Neiman Marcus, she travelled widely, bringing recipes back to tantalize Texans' tastebuds. Now, you can savor Helen Corbitt all over again-or perhaps for the first time-through a brand new Helen Corbitt cookbook. In The Best from Helen Corbitt's Kitchen, Patty MacDonald serves up more than 500 favorite recipes from Helen Corbitt's Cookbook, published in 1957, Helen Corbitt's Potluck (1962); Helen Corbitt Cooks for Company (1974); Helen Corbitt Cooks for Looks (1967); and Helen Corbitt's Greenhouse Cookbook, published after her death in 1978, as well as never before published recipes, many from her cooking schools.
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Product Details

  • Series: Evelyn Oppenheimer (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574410768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574410761
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book is a revamped version of Helen Corbitt's previous cookbooks, all of which I own. I was, however, disappointed that it did not contain more of her unpublished recipes. The chapter on Helen Corbitt's life will certainly be of interest to many people. I am a registered dietitian in Texas and actually met the fascinating Miss Corbitt. Her fabulous recipes for Sugar Cookies and the Flower Pots are included in this cookbook, so it must be more than an okay book!! These are two recipes that I constantly use. They are delicious and are always a hit!! Patty Vineyard MacDonald brought Helen Corbitt's recipes up-to-date by including oven temperatures and other information which was sometimes excluded. This is a great cookbook, especially to introduce the present generation of cooks to Helen's recipes, as well as to let the older generation relive her great artwork.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2001
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This cookbook reintroduces Helen Corbitt, though if you have lived in Texas for years you are no doubt familiar with her. She became famous as the head of the restaurants of Neiman-Marcus department stores, and many Texans know her through her texas "caviar", hot fudge pecan balls, retro molded salads, fabulous "potluck" recipes, poppy seed dressing, and other Texas favorites. If you cannot find the original editions, this is certainly one to own. You will find yourself using it over and over again.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "stewartandpete" on March 24, 2001
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The Zodiac Room, at the top of the legendary Neiman-Marcus Department store, in downtown Dallas was my first real exposure to how wonderful food could be...my Mom was an excellent Texas cook, my Texan grandmothers were wonderful cooks as well. Their repertoire was traditional Texas fare...chili con carne, chicken fried steak with cream gravy,cream pies, fried okra, cheese enchiladas and so on...and I loved their food. I grew up in West Texas surrounded by amazing, delicious food.
But the first time I ate Helen Corbitt's Guinea Hen Madeira,her Crabmeat Chantilly, her Poppy Seed Dressing, my life changed. Her food at the Zodiac Room was amazing...it changed my life.
For the last twenty years I have cooked for a living and Helen Corbitt remains my primary inspiration.
I am so thrilled to see Helen Corbitt's recipes back in print. I place her in the late 20th century Cooks Pantheon next to James Beard, Julia Child, Adelle Davis and Martha Stewart.
Stewart Wise
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terry Mathews on December 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My sweet friends gave me a copy of this book for Christmas. Woo flippin' hoo!

There was a Helen Corbitt's cookbook in my mother and grandmother's kitchens when I was growing up. When my grandmother died, I inherited her copy. It's absolutely worn out, frayed, grease-covered, but I can't imagine my life without it.

Now, I have a new copy to break in and use and love.

I have the best friends in the world ... and now, thanks to them, the best cookbook, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Parmenter on May 3, 2008
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I seem to enjoy reading cookbooks in the same way other read novels. I found that this book had super recipes. I have been after the Neiman Marcus carrot cake recipe for years and years. Every-time I go to the cafe I just have to have the carrot cake it is my favorite. I always asked where I could get the recipe no one could tell me. I looked inside the Neiman Marcus Cookbook and they only had a picture of the carrot cake, no carrot cake recipe. I tried making the one in this book and it is fabulous. I think it tops the one at Neiman Marcus because it is homemade and fresh. I made it in a rectangle large brownie type baking dish (not a bundt) and added 1/2 cup raisins. It was fabulous. Next I am going to try making the monkey bread in my pop over molds. That sound super too. There are really many many great recipes in this book. I am very happy with my purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on September 28, 2009
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I ate the Chicken Salad Supreme at a luncheon and was so impressed I searched the Net for Mrs. Corbitt's recipes or cookbooks. The hostess had made one change to the original recipe - instead of using whipping cream, she used Cool Whip and it works great in the salad.

As an Oklahoman, all my life I've heard about the great food at Neiman Marcus in Dallas and now I can make it myself thanks to Mrs. MacDonald. I found the Helen Coribtt's Story particularly interesting and appreciate this background being included in the book. The recipes are all unique and I am looking forward to trying several in the coming months - especially the Carrot Cake.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Audre Jones on October 2, 2008
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This book is one I have wanted for years. I have used it several times, successfully. Her tartar sauce can't be surpassed. A wonderful gift for anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William on September 26, 2011
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Simply put, this is the best and most amazing collection of Helen Corbitt's recipes. This is one of my top 10 books of recipes and I give it as a gift often, and everyone always loves it. It's a classic, and the stories included are so interesting. I highly recommend this book.
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