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The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook Hardcover – October 10, 2000

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Avowed Martha Stewart fans--and the rest of us, too--have cause to applaud. The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook, which marks the 10th anniversary of the magazine from which the book takes its name and 1,200 recipes, is a winner. A wide-ranging trove, it tackles with equal aplomb the basics--from fried chicken to apple pie--and "newer" dishes such as Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Soup, Veal Stew with Shallots and Wild Mushrooms, and Pistachio Gelato. Both daily cookbook and stylish culinary guide, Living should prove useful to cooks facing the what-should-we-have-for-dinner dilemma and those seeking delicious dishes for entertaining.

The book's 19 chapters cover every dish type. Ranging from hors d'oeuvres to desserts (there are three chapters on sweets, plus candy-making formulas), and including sections devoted to vegetarian main courses, salsas, sauces, and dips, Living's world-spanning dishes are imaginatively conceived and meticulously presented. A few standouts among many include Pappardelle with Osso Buco Sauce, Chunky Vegetable Potpie, and Ginger Pecan Cake. Also at hand are comprehensive ingredient and equipment glossaries; cooking tips and techniques; "101" recipes (basic formulas such as Omelet 101); extensive lists of food and equipment sources; and 32 pages of color photos. Like its parent publication, the book strikes just the right chord for those who want to cook along with Martha. --Arthur Boehm

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This one celebrates the tenth anniversary of Martha Stewart Living magazine with a collection of 1,500 recipes. Bonnie Smothers
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (October 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609607502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609607503
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Though I've seen complaints that these aren't all Martha's "original" recipes, I think those are from people who are missing the point. This is simply a compilation of the most popular recipes--more than 1,500 of them, this is a BIG book--which have appeared in Martha Stewart Living magazine to date. Stewart makes no secret of the fact that many of these recipes come from chef's, friends and others who have either appeared on her show or contributed to her magazine.
I've looked at other Martha Stewart cookbooks, including the classic "Entertaining," and think that, for the money, this is the best Martha cookbook on the market. It offers a wide variety and hits on all the favorites from both her show and magazine.
While I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as the only cookbook to have in your kitchen, it does have a great mix of old-fashioned classics--those contributed by Martha's mom are my favorite (I'm addicted to her meatloaf)--and meals which can "wow" company, both with taste and presentation.
Alongside the classics--"The Joy of Cooking" and/or "The New Joy of Cooking," the "Betty Crocker Cookbook," the "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" and/or a Cook's Illustrated title (either "The Best Recipe" or the "Cook's Bible")--the voluminous and comprehensive "Martha Stewart Living Cookbook" will round out a perfectly balanced recipe collection for anyone who enjoys cooking, or just wants to be able to put together a smart looking meal now and again.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Tucker on November 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have to disagree with another reviewer here. Every recipe I have tried by M. Stewart and her staff has always turned out well. This book is a nice collection of the recipes from the TV series. I made her mom's meatloaf, it was easy and my family thought it was very good. For Martha skeptics, check this book out of the library first, as I did, then purchase it once you find out what a good cookbook it is!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "lore4444" on December 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book being a fan of Martha's TV show, but afraid that the recipes may be too complex and time-consuming for me (a 20-year old beginning homemaker). I was also expecting that many dishes would call for extra trips to the grocery store for exotic ingredients I would rarely have on hand. As it turns out, most of the recipes can be prepared with a few staple pantry items and really don't take much time at all. However, for those of you who want a few unique, impressive dishes to add to your dinner party menu, you'll find those in this book as well. The book is also appealing to the eye and looks great on any bookshelf or in the kitchen. For the beginner or the family's favorite cook, this book will be used over and over and it's recipes will become favorites not only of yours but of the others who taste them. By using this cookbook alone, I have improved my cooking and baking skills more than I thought possible in a month. I highly reccomend this cookbook for anyone.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
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I have been hoping for years for a cookbook that would include all the "101" recipes which are all excellent! This is a wonderful book and I had to give it five stars in spite of my one complaint: The print is soooooo small! I would gladly have paid more for a larger book with larger print.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amie Longstaff on December 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was very anxious when my book came in the mail. However, after reading through it I was disappointed. There are very few pictures. I am one who likes to see what the finished product is supposed to look like. There were no recipes for quiche (what I was searching for). And, I found some of the recipes hard to follow. I have several Martha Stewart cookbooks and have been impressed with all the others. This one is going to go on a shelf as a decoration. I won't get much use out of it. For a book that was supposed to be a compilation of years of recipes I found that Martha must really love dates and figs. My family is a cheesecake family and the 4 recipes for cheesecake that were offered were just not good enough.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LG on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the best -I have them all and this is the icing on the cake. An excellent assortment from the magazine that covers simple, healthy food to elaborate and challenging productions. If you are a cook, someone who loves to cook, or a collector of great recipes get this! It's not for beginners or kitchen/time challenged, however.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like good wine, Martha continues to delight the masses! I love this book! Many people have thought Martha to be out of touch with reality, and while I understand where they are coming from, I think she has done a wonderful job in not making this book too difficult to understand. The recipes are very well organized, and add a great compliment to her show and website. Martha, I love you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amyred on July 4, 2001
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This book is culled from 10 years of the magazine, and that's great--if you don't own a bunch of the other books. I do, and I've noticed that a lot of stuff gets republished. I didn't buy the book "Comfort Foods," because I already had much of it elsewhere. But guess what? The Gingerbread Snacking Cake from "Comfort Foods" is also in this book. I am, however, disappointed, that my favorite apple snacking cake from october or November 1996 was not in this book; that has to be my all time favorite cake, where you make the applesauce and then make the cake--my Auntie still talks about that cake, and I hope to make it agani one day (if I can find the recipe in the old magazine.) It's actually a very good book, "the best of the best," they say, especially if you have only become a subscriber or viewer recently. But still, if you're buying lots of the other smaller books, you'll find some repetition. That being said, the Bacon and Egg Pie, which was published in May 2000 in an article on doing breakfast, is without equal. Rich, creamy, (any low-carbers and Somersizers paying attention?) and full of what you eat breakfast for. Mushrooms, fried crisp in bacon grease, slivered bell peppers, bacon (of course) Parmesan and goat cheese (I've used other white cheeses with great success)and--YES!--cream. Cup and a half. Make this on the weekend for the entire week, and maybe some home made sausage too, if you're of a mind to do so. Fabulous. The Lemon Poppyseed Snacking cake went over well at a religious activity, as did the Gingerbread Snacking cake. Not too sweet, and VERY good. Yum. If you like to cook (or eat), this would be a good addition to your collection, especially if you don't subscribe to the magazine. Enjoy!
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