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Product Details

  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553575341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553575347
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imaginative and entertaining ideas for today's busy lifestyle, with more than 1,200 tested and evaluated recipes. From the name that generations have grown to trust.This new paperback edition brings together the tools we need to prepare quick and nutritious meals and includes nutritional information with every recipe. More than 150 color photos, step-by-step drawings, and easy-to-use charts make this the complete cookbook for the busy 90s!

Customer Reviews

I love this cookbook I first purchased it in 1989.
Julie Walker
As for me, I intend to buy more plastic sleeve protectors and each page is going in one before it goes back in the binder, that is how priceless it is!
Edwardian Book Cellar
Purchased this as a gift for my aunt, and she absolutely loved it.
Angela M. Prochazka

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edwardian Book Cellar on March 6, 2005
Format: Ring-bound
I bought this cookbook (the huge one in the binder) in September of 1989 for my 18th birthday. I had just moved out two months before after graduating from high school and gotten my own apartment. (This is back when kids didn't live at home until they were 28 - we wanted to be on our own!!)

I didn't have any cookbooks and I grew up with a mother who cooked from scratch and large Italian grandmothers and aunts who made all the classics that I wanted to know how to make, in case I ever got married and needed to impress people with my cooking and domestic skills. Needless to say, I did get married, and I have used this book more than any other in the 15 years since I bought it. I can't believe I am that far away from 18 years old - holy cow!! My cookbook cover has been taped and many of my hole-punched pages have the little reinforcers on them now, so I know it has been a long time!

It gives you wonderful, reliable classic recipes for everything you could need made from scratch (basic meatloaf, lemon bars, German potato salad, Christmas punch, how to decorate cakes...even a simple wedding cake is in here!!) so you don't have to call your mother or mother-in-law and sound like a bubbly airhead (or get online like we do now to look for recipes but I hate printing and wasting paper and ink because I am a frugal kinda gal).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patricia De Angelis on January 6, 2000
Format: Ring-bound
My mother gave me this cookbook when I got married. If I had known no family recipes to share with my new husband, it would not have mattered because the recipes in this cookbook are so scrumptious that they seem like the tried and true recipes passed down from your grandmother.
Eight years and two children later, my dog-eared copy is no longer connected to its binding. But I continue to wrap rubber bands around the pages to hold the precious recipes in place because a number of the recipes have become traditions in our family.
We are a foreign service family so parties are a big part of our lives. Have no fear with this cookbook, there's no need to "try out" any of the recipes before you can serve them to company. These recipes are so good (and easy to pull off) that parties need not mean turmoil in the kitchen.
Having lived overseas for the past 5 years also proved to me that these recipes can be taken anywhere - the ingredients are almost always available and even if substitutions are necessary (i.e. yoghurt instead of sour cream) , the recipes are incredible.
My only disappointment is that the book is no longer available in hard cover. This one is worth it's weight in gold!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sharon Donahue on December 28, 1999
Format: Ring-bound
Like so many people, I love cookbooks, and I have shelves and shelves of them.
Unfortunately, most cookbooks only have a handful of really practical recipes (i.e., manageable list of ingredients) and even fewer recipes that actually taste good.
My experience with this cookbook - like all Pillsbury cookbooks (including best of the bakeoff) - is that every single recipe is a real winner. I have tried recipes for cookies, cakes, dinners, salads,... everything. I can promise that these recipes are basically easy and very, very good.
I recently had a large crowd to my home for the holidays. I made the Pillsbury burgundy cherry salad, waldorf salad, cookies and cream cake, and lemon sour cookies (this one was from the bake-off cookbook). I had raves for each and every dish. It even started to become a joke when my mother or mother-in-law would ask, "where did this recipe come from," and I would always respond, "where else? Pillsbury!"
I am in the process of cleaning out my closet of cookbooks. Betty Crocker always disappoints, the Silver Palate recipes are good, but take forever to prepare, Williams and Sonoma cookbooks are not practical. When I'm done, I'll have only Pillsbury cookbooks and the Forum Feasts (another one of my favorites!)
Trust Pillsbury. I also only buy their products (canned icing, pie crusts, ect.). This cookbook and best of the bake-off are all you need. (Check out the quiche, beef stew, fried rice and chicken tetrazinni recipes, too! Family favorites at my house)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shoebox36 on January 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This little book is pretty handy, it contains most of the classic American recipes in simple to follow directions. Generally speaking, I use the baking section of this the most.

Pros: lighweight, portable. The recipes contain familiar classics. The stuff I've made from the breads and morning pastries section have been pretty delicious. There's an informative handling/storage preface for many recipes.

Cons: the small format makes it difficult for the book to prop open, and its width makes it too small for most recipe bookstands, quite annoying when cooking and reading at the same time. There are no pics, though it's not a major problem with a book like this. Many of the baking recipes will need more milk than the recipe suggests, and the muffin recipes often don't contain enough batter to fill the 12 cups it says. The other recipes are reliable, but nothing here can be considered innovative or even modern in taste. There's definitely a preponderance of meat-and-bread recipes here, with the vegetables stucked all the way in the back, and most of recipes call more for sauce than vegetables themselves.

Overall, I think this could be a handy reference for a very occasional cook. Personally I think with the overwhelming number of cookbooks in the market today, there is no real reason to pick this book (I got mine for free, so can't complain). For those seeking traditional American dishes, the William-Sonoma series have far better book recipes and pictures, and anyone slighty more serious about cooking will find excellent companion in Joy of cooking.
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