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Mary Margaret McBride Encyclopedia Of Cooking Hardcover – June 1, 1959


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  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Homemakers Research Institute; 1st edition (June 1, 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ILKX7G
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buy a copy as soon as you can.
wayne j. kozak
Thank you Mary Margaret for all the recipes and good memories.
Marie McBride
Mine is the one that is pictured with the yellow cover.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Hicks on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just read the note from the lady looking for Texas Barbeque sauce in this cookbook. Back in 1965 my mom bought this book (in sections at our local grocery store) for me. She gave it to me when I graduated from high school in 1965. I still have all of the sections of the book.It is a bit "used" but it still is my favorite cookbook of all times! The orginal cover has been replaced by 2 large spiral bound notebooks.If I had to choose between all my other cookbooks and this one, I'd choose this one. I love this cookbook!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greywolf Hunting on May 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In the early sixties, this cookbook was made available through supermarket chains, one section at a time, over the course of a year. I am not certain, but if memory serves me well - "Mayfair Markets" (now out of business) might have been one of them. This is why there are twelve sections altogether. My mother collected one of these, and the whole thing runs to over fifteen hundred pages on all sorts of topics. It is truly a blast from the past, and speaks to the customs and tastes of suburbia in the early nineteen sixties period.

The book was made 'collectable' at stores, due to it's very large finished size, and is a masterpiece for any cookbook library. In it somewhere is a recipe for "Texas Barbeque Sauce" that I have wanted to find a copy of ever since the book disappeared from my fathers estate. Each month typically covered a seperate area of cooking, and each of the sections are what would amount to an entire cookbook of one kind or another in themselves- IE: Meats, Breads, Desserts, Pastries, soups, etc...

(Or so I remember it)

Sadly, most available copies may be somewhat careworn from having been put to constant use in the kitchen as the ultimate resource for any sort of dish being made at the time. These are almost fifty year old volumes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SFreeo book woman on January 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I know I am not the only person out there that collects old cookbooks. This one was actually given to me by my former sister-in-law because she didn't cook. This has been a treasure to me. Not only do I like to cook the newest latest dishes, but the old standby's my mother used to cook when we were kids. That is when there were limited groceries and a small variety of vegies (or the more exotic vegies were expensive). Mine is the one that is pictured with the yellow cover. I didn't know it was published in 12 bound sections. It doesn't matter, it is a wonderful old cookbook with great recipes. If you are going to invest in an old cookbook this is it. It also makes a great door stop. Just kidding! It is heavy though. The paper is a good weight and they didn't skimp on the pictures and illustrations either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I inherited my copy of Mary Margaret McBride's "Encyclopedia of Cooking" from my mother when she died a decade ago. I remember that for many years she used this cookbook frequently to make a variety of dishes. When I first began going through it, I was amazed at how complete it was. It is truly the encyclopedia of cooking. The complete cookbook, including index, comes to more than 1,500 pages. Typically speaking there are several recipes per page. Needless to say, there are ample recipes on everything from appetizers to desserts, with something available for everyone's tastes. In addition, one will discover "how-to" sections interspersed throughout the book (e.g., "How to freeze ready-cooked soups"), as well as helpful pointers on cooking various dishes. For the person pressed for time there is a section on "Jiffy cooking." This section includes menus that can be put together anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. There is even a section on wines, which includes not just a description of various wines, but cooking with wines, and how to build a wine rack. The cookbook also contains an extensive calorie counter and plans for gaining and losing weight.

All in all, this must be one of the most complete cookbooks ever compiled. It is certainly an important addition to every kitchen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By napster on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am another one who would choose this book over every other, if I could only own one cookbook. It is filled with both basic and unique recipes for every conceivable food item, and every conceivable palate. I received mine from my mother-in-law as a wedding shower gift. At the time, I had no idea that I would still be using it 42 years later.

Like many other reviewers, my book was obtained a section at a time at the supermarket. The hard covers are long gone, and I'm missing a few pages of the index. But I will never get rid of it. I need to buy one for my new daughter-in-law, because she can't have mine~
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By wayne j. kozak on June 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is the best cookbook I have. It tells you how to build things you for your cooking convenience, about kitchen utensils and how to cut up all types of meat and poultry, etc. . Buy a copy as soon as you can.
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Format: Hardcover
My mom is 92 in a nursing home and we have gone through her things and discovered her cookbook. I cannot say how much is means to me/my family. Although it is an overused, beaten up book without a cover, it was a staple in our kitchen. Mom used it every day, and has many recipes at the back of the book from friends and family. I have pulled out pages that would mean the most to my sisters (and me) and am making shadow boxes for each of them and giving them as gifts. For those of you selling them, I hope they are just copies that don't mean anything to you. For those of you buying them, may they be copies that mean something and bring back good memories. Thank you Mary Margaret for all the recipes and good memories. Here's to the past :)
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