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Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook: 400 + Simple to Spectacular Recipes Paperback – March 15, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; Original edition (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898219450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898219456
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taste of Home is a leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking and entertaining, serving home cooks with engaging media that capture the joy and comfort received from food made with love. Taste of Home publishes three magazines (the flagship Taste of Home—America's largest cooking magazine—Healthy Cooking and Simple & Delicious); top-selling bookazines; newsstand specials; and popular cookbooks and e-books. Tasteofhome.com is a top destination for engaging audiences with kitchen-tested recipes, how-to techniques, cooking videos and lively community forums.


Taste of Home reaches more than 57 million readers, with the Taste of Home magazine as well as online and live event channels.


Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief.
Catherine M. Cassidy is Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home, overseeing the development of four national cooking magazines, the entire book program, and more than three-dozen newsstand specials, "bookazines," and wall calendars.

She has toured the country doing events and national and local TV, radio, and newspaper interviews in support of the best-selling Taste of Home Cookbook, Taste of Home Baking Book, and Taste of Home magazine.

Most recently she has been named One of America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food, for the second year in a row, according to The Daily Meal.

Taste of Home’s unique staff of field editors is made up of more than 1,000 experienced home cooks located in each state and Canadian province, who regularly share recipes, well-liked menus and kitchen tips. Taste of Home is published six times a year and has five sister magazines, Simple & Delicious, Slow Cooker, Appetizers, Cooking for 2, and Healthy Cooking.




The Taste of Home Cooking School is America’s leading cooking school program. Over 300,000 passionate consumers participate each year at over 300 events across the country. Cooking schools are presented in the spring of each year from the beginning of March to mid-May and again in fall from the beginning of September to mid-November.


The Taste of Home Cooking School is a 2 1/2 hour stage demonstration of 10-12 recipes, offering valuable cooking tips. The Taste of Home Cooking School—Made Easy is an onstage program of 7-8 recipes (about 1 1/2 hours) that offers quick and easy dishes along with craft and decorating ideas. While some schools have local vendor booths and food concession stands this is not the case for all locations.


There is a Taste of Home Cooking School magazine, which is produced specifically for the cooking school event, and is given away to participants as well as sold at retail.

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Easy reading, great tips and tricks, and great pictures that complete the recipes!
Michelle Nichols
I think having recipes from both chefs and home cooks gives a great variety to the book and the skill level needed to prepare the dishes.
Library Girl Reads
Like always taste of home recipes are great easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 13, 2012
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"Taste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook" is one of the best "beginner" cookbook I have come across, having great advice for stocking up your kitchen with cookware and food, and including a lot of helpful "How To" sections on everything from the basics of preparing meats and vegetables, to setting up home bar for entertaining. I also like the wide range of recipes and the accompanying full color photos that show you what the dish should look like, as well illustrating the techniques in the "How To" sections.

The chapters include "Appetizers", "Drinks", "Better Than Take Out" (my favorite chapter), "Soups", "Beef & Pork", "Poultry", "Seafood", "Vegetarian", "Side Dishes", "Breakfast", and "Baking". The recipes are nicely laid-out and the instructions are detailed and easy to follow. A very nice touch is that more advanced techniques are show in sidebar "How To" segments along with the recipes. Each recipe also includes the "Per Serving" nutritional information, including Calories, Protein, Carbs, Fat, Sodium, Cholesterol, and Fiber, which is important to me since I try to follow a low carb diet.

The last chapter, "Guide to Cooking With Popular Herbs", was a very pleasant surprise and is a nice bonus. This chapter lists twelve popular herbs and where they lend themselves to improve the flavor of a dish.

This is an outstanding cookbook that can actually teach new cooks techniques that might take years to learn form other sources, and seasoned cooks will enjoy the wide range of practical recipes! I was actually provided a review copy of this book by the publisher and liked it so much that I bought an additional copy as a gift for my daughter.

Highly Recommended!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Harris on November 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I do most of the cooking for my family and I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try. The problem I have with most cookbooks is that they don't give me any tips or the ingredients are hard to come by or too expensive. That's not the case with this cookbook. It full of tips and color photos of the food which make it really nice. The front has information from measuring, different types of cutlery and even cookware. There are recipes for a little bit of everything. I read through these and most of them seem pretty easy with ingredients that are easily accessible and affordable. I can't wait to try some of these recipes. I play on making the mallow sweet potato bake for Thanksgiving as it's a different recipe than the one I use and has pineapple and cranberries in it. I also can't wait to make the cherry pie and the lemonade icebox pie. I haven't ever attempted a homemade pie before but I feel this cookbook gave me enough information that I feel comfortable trying the cherry pie. The lemonade icebox pie looks great too and sounds very simple to make. There is a variation for orange and I may give that a go too. I will try to update my review here when I've actually made some of these recipes. I think this is a book I may go actually buy for myself!

I received a digitial download of this book free from the publisher, Reader's Digest, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Woodard on July 8, 2013
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I am giving this book four stars because I expected more cooking instructions.

I am pleased with the recipes and the ones that I have cooked have turned out great. I expected more instruction from the book since it is called cooking school.

The books gives a short guideline on stocking a kitchen, knives, measuring correctly, cookware and bakeware.

Throughout the book some instructions like how to make a cheeseball, how to disjoint chicken wings and how to prepare mushrooms for stuffing. The also include cooking school secrets like tea 101, cassoulets and go to pantry meals. I found some of these secrets silly and just filler for the book.

Every recipe includes a picture and as usual they do include ingredients that you will probably have readily available in your kitchen. I also like the fact that they give nutritional facts.

The book is not expensive and will probably provide many recipes that you will enjoy making and it does provide instructions for making many things, serving ideas and substitution ideas. Just that some things seems a little silly like how to drain spinach and trim green beans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AnneB on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have always enjoyed the Taste of Home cookbooks and magazines and have found lots of great recipes in them that my family has enjoyed. I jumped at the chance to review this one and I think it is a great cookbook. What I liked the most about it is that it starts at the beginning with kitchen basics that everyone should know. There are tips about pantry essentials and buying good cookware, bakeware, and cutlery.

There are a lot of great recipes in this book and every recipe includes a picture. I always like to have pictures included with all of the recipes, it makes it easier for me to decide whether I want to try to make the dish or not. Here are some of the recipes I found that I thought looked great:

*Anipasto Platter
*Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
*Red Pepper Shrimp Bisque
*Steakhouse Mushrooms
*No-Fry Doughnuts
I did have time to try out one of the recipes in the book so far, Sunday's Best Chicken. It came out great and my family loved it. I cannot wait to try out some more recipes from this helpful cookbook.
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