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The Good Housekeeping Cookbook: 1,275 Recipes from America's Favorite Test Kitchen (Good Housekeeping Cookbooks) Hardcover – October 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Good Housekeeping Cookbooks
  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; 125 Anv edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588168131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588168139
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. This update of the iconic magazine's cookbook has recipes for all tastes and occasions, and gives The Joy of Cooking a run for its money. Traditionalists may scoff at some of the crew's shortcuts (a version of the classic Vietnamese soup pho using canned chicken broth, for instance), but most recipes remain faithful to tradition. Those new to the kitchen or in need of an all-encompassing reference will find the knowledge and confidence to roll up their sleeves and warm up the oven. In addition to recipes for practically every imaginable American dish, readers will learn basic techniques for cutting up and grilling a whole chicken, deveining shrimp, interpreting food labels (nutritional information is included for each recipe), creating formal place settings, and even getting the most out of the mundane (five ways to use up extra tortilla chips, for instance). Quick recipes and simple dessert preparations, like Fire-Roasted Nectarines and Coffee Granita, will please anyone pressed for time, but the encyclopedic inclusion of recipes for everything from Egg Salad, Lobster Bisque, and Chocolate Souffle to Pad Thai, Salmon with Mustard-Dill Sauce, and Muffuletta is its true benefit, making it a cookbook readers will grow with.

From Booklist

For more than a century, Good Housekeeping magazine has served as a touchstone for homemakers who peruse its monthly pages for recipes, tips, and guidance to keep spouse and children well fed, well housed, and well clothed. More recent decades have brought significant change to the magazine as women returned to the workplace for both financial necessity and personal fulfillment. At the same time, American household cookery migrated from valuing speed and efficiency above all else to concern for nutrition, freshness, food sources, diversity of flavors and textures, and budding interest in restaurant cuisine as a model for the home kitchen. This comprehensive new edition of the classic cookbook reflects this contemporary focus with ingredient inventories tabulating information on seasonality and selection. Vegetables and fruits find expanded use, and every recipe ends with nutritional analysis. Ethnic choices extend from Mexican through Indian. Useful for cookery reference collections. --Mark Knoblauch

Customer Reviews

So many delicious recipes and a great variety.
MariaBee
At over 700 pages, this trusted book is a reference every cook will want on their shelf.
S.B. Cincinnati
We own the 1962 edition of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook and refer to it often.
Dee Long

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Dee Long on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We own the 1962 edition of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook and refer to it often. This 125th anniversary edition reminds us of how much dining trends have changed in the last 40 or so years, with much more space devoted to fresh rather than canned foods and lighter, healthier fare. This volume has easy to read typeface, beautiful color photographs, and every category a home cook could want, from pastas and soups to breads and desserts. This edition is destined to become a classic and would certainly make a welcome gift for the new bride as well as the seasoned chef. We especially like that there is a good mix of older classic recipes with more contemporary ones, as well as a good spread of easy to more challenging to prepare suggestions.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Olivia Rodriguez on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just got this cookbook and I must say it is very impressing ! I have only prepared one recipe (banana hotcakes) and they were a hit ! This cookbook is very complete, separated into food sections, such fruits, vegetables, chicken, etc. For example in the fruit section it gives a description of many different kinds of fruits and a picture for the fruit. Many fruits are not so common and hard to find in other cookbooks. Also, there are many recipes for Mexican cuisine, which is not very common to find in other cookbooks. This is much more than I expected from this book !
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paula S. on January 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever owned. I love the way it is laid out, the fantastic color photographs, the layout of the recipe, and the wonderful recipe's I have tried so far. The only problem is this book of 752 pages and over 1200 recipes is HEAVY. The book also has much helpful information on varies areas of cooking and food. This cookbook is very complete, separated into food sections, such fruits, vegetables, chicken, breads, Mexican, etc. There are also "Tips" throughout the book that are helpful and save time for the cook.

This is not a "Chef" cookbook but a great back-to-basics cookbook with recipes that take ingredients that most keep in their kitchen. I am so tired of getting cookbooks that have so many ODD meals that my family really doesn't want with ingredients that are hard to find in many areas.
This book surpassed my expectation which don't happen often. I cannot stress how great this book is. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and it would make a great wedding gift.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on January 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a robust, but basic, meat-and-potatoes down the middle cookbook, look no further than the 125th Anniversary edition of the "Good Housekeeping Cookbook". This 752-page, large sized volume is loaded with 1,275 distinct recipes that cover everyone of the basic dishes that everyone grew up with.

At the center of the offering are recipes for familiar stalwarts from New England Clam Chowder, to Chicken Parmigiana, Filet Mignon, Huevos Rancheros, whole grains, slow cooking and every kind of mainstream dish you can imagine. There is nothing really exotic or particularly unique in the recipes here, but that, in fact, is this book's strength. It's back-to-basics for the `triple-tested' Good Housekeeping formulas giving meal makers a backstop for preparing meals the way those accustomed to dining on standardized fare expect. While this sounds like a dis, the truth is that there are 100's of specialized, chef driven or exotic-based books in the market. Having a solid, reliable standard right in the middle has proven to have merit for years and continues to serve its purpose today as well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ThirstyBrooks on October 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This classic has been revised and modernized, with some lighter fare and many illustrations. The Good Housekeeping Cookbook will serve you well when preparing food for people who still expect a meal with meat as the focus. Like most cookbooks, the suggested levels of salts and oils seem too high, and you will need to adjust these to your own requirements.

The illustrations are the best sales material in this book, which sticks to simple one or two sentence introductions for the recipes. The ingredients are laid out clearly, though I find the type a bit small and dense. The directions are careful and explicit. Each recipe explains its serving size, nutrition information, and estimated prep times that sometimes seem longer than necessary.

The book itself is organized well - so much better than mosst that it is possible to find recipes without the index. The chapter titles and subheadings collect a focused set of recipes on a specific topic. Its encyclopedic approach makes it a solid choice for someone just starting to cook who prefers traditional meat-focused American cooking. The vegetable section is sparse but includes simple approaches to many vegetables people used to ignore. Recipes for more than simple treatment of vegetables seem a bit heavy, but consistent with the overall traditional style.

If you're a modernist cook, you might not cook this way much any more. The Good Housekeeping Cookbook is a good reference for what to do for those guests with more traditional food habits.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gee on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been using my hand-me-down 1955 GH edition until now. This new book is awesome and still has some of the recipes from the 1955 book!

Thanks, GH.
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