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The American Woman's Cook Book Hardcover – January 1, 1939


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 815 pages
  • Publisher: Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc. (1939)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000EHW6DS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was more then i had hoped, I love it!
SKL
And using the search function to find specific items fails because there is so much data in this book that looking for any given item will lead to pages of references.
T. Pliska
My mom gave me this book for a high school graduation gift.
Fred Denham

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fred Denham on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My mom gave me this book for a high school graduation gift. An interesting gift in that I am her son!!! I have used this book for the last 35 years. It will take you from the very basics of nutrition to as far as you want to go. Meal planning, cuts of meat, holiday and special occaision meals, soups, breads, desserts, setting the table and the list goes on. No disappointments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Boswell on July 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
So, I'm a geek - I admit it, I am a geek. I don't use books, when I want to look something up, I Google for it. Right?

Not, when cooking comes up. When I want to know how to prepare something the RIGHT way, I look here FIRST. I look here before I look in The Joy of Cooking, or any of my other cookbooks.

My poor old cookbook has packing tape on the spine to keep the spine in place. I use this book a lot, especially if I want to prepare a traditional food, such as Waffles.

Another reviewer said that some of the recipes may not be that healthy, but I disagree. This cookbook was written before there were a lot of processed foods, when mostly everything was made from scratch, so it would probably be healthier in that respect. In the War Time edition, which I have, there is a wonderful section about substituting various ingredients, like using honey instead of sugar, how to reduce meat consumption, etc.

I would say this book, even though it is old, is an essential cookbook for every kitchen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JOHN REDLEIN on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My mother got this cookbook during WWII and after I moved from home, over forty years ago, I had to hunt one down for myself. I've since bought copies as gifts for my children and keep another at my vacation home. I've seen it referred to as the best cookbook ever written and that's a conclusion which is difficult to argue with. With it, you can solve most any problem which begins with the question, "How the heck do I....?"

It contains essential reference material, ranging from proper cooking time for all types of meat and fish, to all basic soup, sauce, dessert & dressing recipes, including even a proper table setting chart. It has been out of print for decades, but if you search out a clean volume, you will be pleased to pass it on after years of use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne on November 26, 2010
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This cookbook although old, has recipes you cant find in the most recent ones. The variety is endless.. This is a cookbook You can have fun with..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bellydancegurl on December 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I grew up cooking, and I learned to cook from this book. Not a lot of illustrations, but good basic recipes for everything you can possibly imagine ever wanting to prepare. This is the one book my mother always had on hand as well - she told me it had been her textbook in her home economics class in high school. She too learned to cook from this book. Contained in this book are the old fashioned ways of cooking from the 40's and 50's - it's not always low fat, and it's not quick, it's pretty much everything you always wanted to know about food. It's laid out like the textbook that it is and covers a lot of ground. There are three cookbooks I use constantly in my kitchen and this is one of them.

Chapters include -= how to buy food, meal planning, menu making, the lunch box, table setting and service, carving, garnishes, cereals, yeast and quick breads, sandwiches, appetizers, soup, fish, meat, poultry, stuffings, sauces, entres and made-over dishes, vegetarian (keep in mind this is a book first published in the 30's!!), egg dishes, cheese, vegetables, salads, salad dressings, cakes, fillings and frostings, cookies, candy, fruit desserts, custards, hot and cold puddings, frozen desserts, sauces for desserts, pastry and meringues, french recipes, hot and cold beverages, food for invalids, high altitude cooking, canning preserving and jelly making, pickles and relishes, casserole and oven cookery, cooking for two, cooking at the table, food equivalents (I LOVE this section), Herbs, spices and extracts, foreign words and phrases in cooking, wine seasons and fine food, freezing for storage and pressure cooking.

BON APETITE
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janis L. Stoker on June 4, 2013
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My review is just for the Kindle edition, which I purchased and immediately returned it for credit. I love this cookbook - it has stood the test of time. However, the Kindle edition does not have internal links such that you can click on something in the Table of Contents and go directly to a section or a recipe within the text. The "Go To" and "X-Ray" capabilities are disabled and there are over 10,000 Kindle pages. Without some sort of easy way to link to recipes this book is useless on Kindle as a method to quickly access a favorite recipe. I have a 1948 copy of this book that I will continue to use instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SKL on April 11, 2011
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This book was more then i had hoped, I love it! The cover is great and the pages very well set. Thank you so much!, More then pleased!
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