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Chocolate Lover's Granola
Chocolate Lover's Granola
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Currant and Parmesan Scones
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Zucchini-Sweet Pepper Refrigerator Pickles
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From the Back Cover

Tried and True, Fresh and New

Find success in every recipe in this deliciously updated edition. Treasured favorites, creative ideas, and bold flavors spark inspiration for any occasion.

new recipes, new photos

  • More than 1,400 recipes from the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen—including 1,000 new recipes

  • More than 1,000 photos—including 800 new photos

New features

  • Cook Once, Eat Twice—Create two great meals out of one

  • Make It Mine—Try new flavors to keep meals exciting

  • New chapters on Breakfasts & Brunches, Casseroles,

Convenience Cooking, and Sandwiches & Pizzas

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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens; 15th edition (March 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470560770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470560778
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Ring-bound
The 15th edition is not as friendly, easy to read, or informative as the 14th edition. The previous edition had more complete information, friendlier and more "comfort food recipes, and the print did not fade into the photo backgrounds as this edition does. Some of the basics (Macaroni Salad, German Potato Salad, Lollipops,Divinity, etc.) were replaced by more global concoctions (Ginger-spiced Cucumbers, Beet and Apple Salad, Curried Wild Rice Salad, etc.). I will miss the 14th edition and am sad to have lost the small tidbits of information provided throughout each section.
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Recently I upgraded from the 1950's copy to this--I was a little worried that it would be a "book of Cilantro" so to speak, with everything new and nothing that I've come to know as B&H Cookbook style. Not the case! The book contains a mix of my old standby recipes, along with a ton of new ones. I really like the side-by-side recipe suggestions--one recipe that uses the leftovers from a different recipe.

For those who cook often, there's a hearty smattering of scratch recipes. For those who cook rarely (or those who have a cupboard full of random things), there are also a lot of recipes that use pre-made or canned ingredients.

Overall, very happy with this book.
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It would be fantastic, if they would have left IN the good stuff and left OUT the over-processed ingredients. I have an early 90's version of this book my mother gave me, and it has lots of great recipes, PRESSURE canning instructions in detail, and very few "packaged" mentions aside from some noodles and canned goods like beans. Since these are modern times and home cooking is on the rise, I thought this version would be more updated, less condensed-soup casseroles and more back-to-basics cooking. Boy was I wrong! Every recipe I have tried so far, while good, had to be converted from "packaged this", "canned this", and "purchased that". Why do they have to tell you to used packaged, purchased stuff? Is "packaged spinach" necessary? It is far cheaper if you buy it in a bunch without the plastic wrapper! It seemed to be PUSHING processed plastic wrapped stuff on the reader, instead of encouraging wholesome natural food. I had hoped to find updated rules on pressure canning, as my old edition had charts and details that were current on the topic 20 years ago, but no... they barely even mention pressure canning is possible! It skims over canning fruits, and mostly focuses on canning pectin jellies. I like the recipe ideas, and the converted Falafel recipe was heavenly, but the emphasis on processed food has turned me off from buying an update when this wears out. BH&G, I am VERY disappointed. I wasn't expecting a "whole food" cookbook, but I was at least expecting much less processed stuff. After all, I bought a Cookbook, a book on how to cook, not a Throw-a-bunch-of-bags-and-cans-together-and-heat-it-up book!

Before you think this reviewer is an old fashioned cranky grandma, let me tell you about me.
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I needed to replace my old BH&G cookbook (1st edition) as the person who gave it to me years ago thoughtfully removed the whole section on pork recipes. So I thought, replace it and get a nice pork cooking guide and we're good to go. Wrong. The editors need to understand that not all pork roasts are smoked (ie, ham) - we have raised pigs for a few years, and most of our pork is fresh, not smoked, so the cooking times would be vastly different. Very disappointed. Also, I have used the apple pie recipe for many years, so I looked it up - surprise, surprise, no recipe. Just a generic "fruit pies" guideline chart. What about spices, etc?

And I do agree with some other reviewers - way too much processed ingredients used in recipes, way too much convenience cooking focus instead of really really basic! Get back to the basics! I will look for another Basic Cookbook with better cooking guidelines and recipes.
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First of all, I had older edition and it was stolen! The paper stock is very flimsy in this edition! The Page content has been shrunken to the point of having to wear Glasses!! Can you imagine having to bend over to read recipes with glasses on and hands with flour or other mixing items in your Hands. The Print size is absurd!!! I'll Keep this Cook Book As a reminder of the Bad choice I made! In addition to wearing Glasses have a good magnifying glass at hand!! Publishing Company did a Disservice to the name of Better Homes and Garden Cook Book(s)!!
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I always get compliments on my cooking when I cook one of these recipes! The pages are very thin though, and I have to be very careful not to rip the pages off the 3-ring binder. I should probably get a book stand so the pages don't get too dirty. Otherwise, the book is great. It arrived in perfect condition. I would definitely order from Amazon again. I love the smiley boxes! :)
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I have been devoted to the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook for as long as I can remember. The 15th edition is not "the best edition yet." The most frustrating thing about this edition is that it is hard to navigate. My previous edition had colored tabs for different sections. Not so here. And someone decided to delete several great old recipes (either that or I can't find them in this edition). Newer versions of old recipes leave much to be desired. I recently made baked beans. The new recipe called for 1/4 C of Worcestershire sauce. You want to ruin a good pot of beans? Throw in an overabundance of Worcestershire. In addition, recipes for chicken and sausage gumbo, oatmeal cookies, applesauce/spice cake, and many others are either gone or radically changed. And sometimes the text is transposed over graphics that make it difficult to read. It's not a good version of a great old product.
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