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THE AMERICAN WOMAN'S COOK BOOK Hardcover – 1939

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 824 pages
  • Publisher: Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc.; Assumed first (cannot find an older one) edition (1939)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012DI9YCQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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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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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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My mother depended on this book when cooking for a family of twelve. I took my first steps as a cook using this as a guide. I was happy to find it again and discover how well the recipes have stood up to time. True, pork is leaner today and you may have to lard it with some bacon or salt pork to get quite the unctuousness, but over-all it stands the test of time. I especially liked how it helped me at the age of ten to bake my first cakes and pies from scratch.
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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Don't bother purchasing this Kindle Edition. The scan to digital process DID NOT work. You have no idea how much of any item to measure in the recipe, as the fractions did not scan correctly. Total waste of money. Not even worth it, should it become free.
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If you know someone who is just about to go out on his or her own, this is an excellent and kind of funny book. It tells you things like how to boil water and set the table. It tells you what things you can use to substitute it if you are out of a required ingredient. It's a book middle aged women got from our mother's who got it from their mother's during WW2. And it works fine for out daughters.
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Format: Hardcover
I have had this book for many years. Originally it was my Grandmothers. It is one of the very best of my collection of almost 40 cookbooks. It gives plenty of great, home made food from scratch preparation with plenty of pictures. Everything in it is 'old school' and very little processed anything is used like in todays cookbooks. Thats what I prefer in this day of over processed and chemically 'enhanced' foods.
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