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Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book, 16th Edition Ring-bound – September 30, 2014
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Overall this book is a fantastic guide, and I recommend it to experienced cooks and beginners alike.
The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 16th edition, has headed back towards more mainstream recipes than it's predecessor which ventured off to some of the more exotic recipes. I like the 16th edition as every cook needs to have a good cookbook filled with basic (foundation) recipes you can depend on for daily cooking.
Some of the recipes you will find in this cookbook include:
All-American Cheeseburger Soup
Beer Can Chicken
Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken
Baked Fish with Variations (A Make It Mine recipe)
Oven-Baked Pork Chops (8 to Try recipe)
Mashed Potatoes (A Cook's Secrets recipe)
Fruit Coffee Cake
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Maple, Apple and Cheddar Pie
The Make It Mine recipes take a key ingredient and suggest variations using the key ingredient.
The 8 to Try offers another key recipe with 8 variations using the key ingredient.
The Cook's Secret's recipes offer key tips and color photos showing how to prepare the recipe for maximum flavor.
The cookbook comes already organized and ready-to-go. Some notebook style cookbooks do not do this and you have to figure out how to insert the binder tabs and pages inside the cookbook. Fortunately the BH&G cookbook comes good-to-go.
My only critique of this cookbook is the choice of print color for the recipe titles and recipe highlights. My aging eyes have difficulty reading red ink on a white page. A better choice of print color would have been black or dark blue.
This is a fine cookbook for the novice cook as it will teach the basics without being boring.
I received a well-worn copy, personally, of the 10th or 11th edition of this book. The printing on my older one was a bit odd to read with the shadowed text. Other reviewers have stated that this version (16th) had small text in it. I found this to not be the case at all, and many of the recipes in the book were more modern and popular ones, as well as some of the older favorites.
I would highly recommend this 16th edition, especially if you have an older one. They both work well in tandem, but it seemed like this new one had enough newer and refreshed recipes for modern cookers that it would be worth the price to have a second updated copy.
It also came with (if I recall correctly) a subscription to the BH&G magazine, which was a really nice surprise to find. If you're at all considering it or know someone who likes to entertain who doesn't have a newer edition of this book (or doesn't have a BH&G cookbook) then you shouldn't hesitate. Well worth the purchase price!