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Treasured Recipes: 200 Prizewinning Dishes from America's Hometown Cooks (Better Homes and Gardens(R)) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes & Gardens
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens (October 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696211599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696211591
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After nearly 80 years of sponsoring recipe contests in its magazine (when first prize was originally $5Aa week's worth of groceries in 1923), Better Homes and Gardens offers this collection that includes a few standout recipes (for example, Festive Cranberry-Apricot Pie) and lots of kitschy fun. Each recipe is accompanied by its creator's name and the year it was selected a winner, and many also sport sidebars on the popularity of certain foods over the yearsAan award-winning Hawaiian Lemonade from 1959 is paired with a note explaining that at one time any dish that contained pineapple was tagged Hawaiian and that in the 1950s it was chic to throw luau-themed parties. Many of the older recipes suggest modern-day shortcuts, such as Good Seed Bread made with a bread machine, and Microwave Candy-Bar Fudge mix. Dishes with ethnic influences sound light and appealing, including Lemony Italian Salad, a pretty composition of lentils, Parmesan, spinach and prosciutto, and Basil Chicken in Coconut Sauce, the grand-prize winner in 1997, which mixes Indian and Thai flavors. America's timeless love of sweets is in evidence with a multitude of desserts, as well as sweet side dishes like Cranberry Fluff (a melange of cranberries, apples, grapes and miniature marshmallows). With the something-old-something-new formula, this book has its place on a well-stocked backlist, but is unlikely to cause any ripples in the market when it arrives. 110,000 first printing.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of great dishes in all categories. The recipes are all winners in various contests by BHG, and recipes even date back to the 1930's. Full of classic recipes, not just the latest trends. Beautiful photographs and easy-to-read layout. This is a classic cookbook, would make a great gift (but only after you've bought one for yourself first!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The magazine's editors began the Better Homes & Gardens Prize Tested Recipes Contest in 1923 and it has been a popular source of inspiration for home cooks ever since. This volume offers more than two hundred of the best from the past seventy-five years -- though, presumably because of changes in tastes, most actually date from the 1970s and later. Along with a large number of excellent recipes, many of them enticingly photographed, there are fascinating bits of culinary trivia: the circumstances behind the introduction of sangria, zucchini, and Belgian waffles to the U.S., the ups and downs of coffee-drinking, the invention of instant biscuit mix, the fudge brownie, and white chocolate, and many other subjects of interest. As always with the magazine, the recipes are clear and easily reproducible.
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BHG always offers very good recipes. I was really hoping this might be a representation of their best, but it is a collection of what I would consider their good recipes, not their best. Alas, but still their good recipes are certainly worth having and the book was extremely well priced so no complaints here!
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