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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
This is one big cookbook! Taste Of Home Best Loved Recipes has 1,485 recipes between it's covers. The introduction of this cookbook talks about cooking and baking your way through it. That is exactly what you will want to do.

There are 26 chapters filled with recipes from the Taste Of Home magazine. Each chapter has an 8 page picture collage of recipes, which look very appealing. There are obvious chapters like Beef, Cakes, and Soups. But there are also unique chapters like Condiments & Sauces, Cooking For One Or Two, and Sandwiches & Pizzas. The chapters called Mealtime Express, Mom Made It Best, and Our Favorite Contributor's Meals have all the recipes listed by year, starting with 1993, the year the Taste Of Home magazine was first published, and go chronologically to the year 2012. The rest of the chapters have the recipes listed in no particular order. Just like in the magazine, all the recipes in the cookbook have the name of the reader who submitted it, where they live, any comments they shared about it, and the year it was published. Getting to know the reader a little makes it even more interesting to read.

The top 100 reader selected recipes are highlighted. Reader comments from the tasteofhome.com community are shared throughout the cookbook. The recipes in Taste Of Home Best Loved Recipes do not use ingredients that are difficult to find. If they are not already in your pantry, they can easily be found at the grocery store. There are no complicated directions to follow. A beginning cook could make the recipes without any problems. An experienced cook will appreciate the diversity of the recipes. I found more than a handful of recipes that have been family favorites from Taste Of Home for years. Grand-Prize Winners is a chapter that I enjoyed. Like many readers, I have submitted several recipes in their contests hoping to be chosen as the Grand-Prize Winner.

Any cook, beginner or experienced, will enjoy reading Taste Of Home Best Loved Recipes. If you like recipes that have easy to find ingredients, are simple to make, and taste great, this cook book is for you. Check out Taste Of Home Best Loved Recipes and see for yourself.

I received a free copy of this book from FSBMedia in exchange for my honest review.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 17, 2012
WOW, is this a cookbook or what? Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes is a very thick hardbound cookbook with nearly 1500 recipes culled from their magazine over the past 20 years of publication. My first thought was what could I find in here that I hadn't tried before? I decided to try a slow cooker jambalaya recipe that was listed as a Top 100 Recipe. I'd made a similar dish in the past and it was bland.... but this recipe had an extra ingredient that gave it the kick it needed to please the palate.

Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes would be a great cookbook for a bridal shower gift; there is even a section entitled Cooking for One or Two. The one disappointment is that there are not as many pictures as are in the magazine but every so often there are a few glossy pages with full color pics of recipes complete with the name and page the recipe can be found.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 18, 2012
taste of home Best Loved Recipes boasts 1,485 favorites and they aren't kidding. The first thing that I noticed about this book was simply its size. At almost five pounds for 928 pages, it doesn't qualify as a light book. All of these recipes are contained within a very sturdy cover and a red ribbon bookmark is included so you won't loose your recipe while you are cooking.

taste of home Best Loved Recipes is a selection of favorites from the magazine's twenty year history. The recipes have been submitted over the years by folks cooking in their own kitchens then they are evaluated by Taste of Home editors and tested in their kitchens. The recipes included in this book have a comment from the original author and include the year they were published in the magazine showing the evolution of recipes over time.

I love the indexes that are included in this book because some of the main recipe sections are not the most traditional. Yes there are sections for appetizers, beef, beverages, breads, cakes, cookies, poultry, and salads but you also have celebrations, grand-prize winners, mealtime express, and mom made it best. Some of the categories overlap more than I've seen in other cookbooks so I might find a side dish in any number chapters.

There are so many recipes in this book that I didn't even know what section to look at first! As I flipped through each section I saw so many recipes that I want to try. I really like that the recipes include not only the time it takes for a dish to cook but also the required prep time at the top so it can be seen at a glance. This is especially important with a recipe like Glazed Corned Beef which requires nearly 3 hours for one aspect of cooking plus another 25 minutes in the oven to finish it.

With the number of recipes in this book it would be impossible to include pictures for every one. There are several photo inserts throughout the book showcasing a variety of recipes from each section.

With this cookbook in my kitchen along with the taste of home Cooking School Cookbook, I don't think I will need to invest in any other cookbooks for a long time. I now have recipes to cook for years to come and I'm sure we'll find some family favorites in the mix.

I received a copy of this cookbook in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
This is a great cookbook with over 1400 recipes, there is something for everyone. I am giving this book four stars because I would have liked for it to include nutritional information, that was disappointing. I would love more pictures also, I know with so many recipes, there can't be a picture for everyone recipe, but more would have been nice.

One of the things that I really love about this cookbook is that most ingredients you already have in the house and don't need to go out and by a bunch of stuff you may only use once or twice, unless you need to buy fresh ingredients.

The recipes tell you how long it will take to prep, cook and amount it will yield. It also gives you what year the recipe was submitted by a reader.

The cookbook covers the common sections of breads, seafood, etc. but also includes:

Celebrations and Holidays
Cooking for one or two
Grand Prize Winners
Meal time express
Mom made it best
Our contributors meals
Potluck picks

This is still a great cookbook and should give the home cook something new to try everyday and tons of all time favorites that the family will enjoy. With 1485 recipes you should be able to find something to cook for your family with ingredients you have in your house. Happy cooking.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
This is a great Cookbook for anyone who doesn't already have a Taste of Home Cookbook. If you are like me and have the reagular Taste of Home, The Baking Taste of Home, The Winning Recipes Taste of Home, and other Taste of Home Cookbooks you will have all of the recipes that are in this new Cookbook. Of course I probable should have realized that on my own . I still would have been glad I bought it if it had been in ringer style format. It is way inconvenent to use a large cookbook like this that is not in the ringer type cookbook style. That said I love Taste of Home cookbooks , magizine, and web sight !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
My home, and consequently all my cookbooks, were recently destroyed by a fire recenlty. I bought this as a replacement for those, and find it to be very comprehensive and useful. I have very little prior experience with Taste of Home, although I have seen it around. But I'm very pleased with this purchase and have had great results from every recipe I've tried.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
This is a big book with so much information. I checked this out from the library to see if I'd want it. There are several recipes in here I would like to try but I won't buy the book. The reason is because it's so bulky. I love TOH books, I buy them often on Amazon, Ebay and from TOH's website when they have their $5 sales. The one thing I really miss in this book is the amount of pictures that TOH is known for putting in to their books. I am known for looking at pictures and saying, "that looks good - I'll try that one"
There are pictures in this book but just a few. I've looked over several recipes and have been impressed and wanting to try them. I'm going to return this to the library just within days of checking it out because I want someone else to have the joy and experience of looking through this book to decide if they want to buy it. If someone gave me this book, I'd be delighted and it would be right there on my TOH bookshelf (yes, I have one) I will continue to buy TOH books and create new, favorite dishes for my family. I gave this 4 stars due to the lack of pictures. I'm comparing it to all my TOH books and they are loaded with pictures. Great book for the cookbook collector!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
I tabbed over 100 recipes that I want to make from this book the day I received it (2 days ago)! I made the Slow Cooker Tamale Pie yesterday. It was wonderful - quick, easy and tasty! There are many recipes that I will make because they look good and easy and my kids will eat them! There are not as many pictures in this cookbook as Taste of Home is famous for and the recipe pages are not the slick magazine finish. I don't mind that at all because this book is jam-packed with great recipes! It is double indexed so it is very easy to find specific recipes. I may not have to buy anymore cookbooks for a while. This one is going to keep me busy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2013
This recipe book has some really great recipes in it but I'm just not crazy about the arrangement. Hard to find what I want.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
HEY! I AM A 'RECIPE BOOK' JUNKIE!! I BUY BOOKS THAT I SURELY DO NOT NEED.
THIS IS ONE THAT I AM NOT A BIT SORRY FOR PURCHASING. IT HAS SOOOO MANY
WONDERFUL RECIPES AND IDEAS.
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