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Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book, 16th Edition Ring-bound – September 30, 2014
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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Before you think this reviewer is an old fashioned cranky grandma, let me tell you about me. I am a 26 year old wife and mother of 1, who lives in a city, grows herbs and salad on her patio, and had a mother who taught me how to cook at a young age. She didn't believe in processed junk either. I never ate hamburger helper until I tried it as an adult. We are on a budget, but we eat organic whole foods all the time thanks to my savvy shopping habits. I buy lots of produce when it's in season and super cheap, then freeze and can it to eat later in the year. It tastes way better and fresher than those BPA lined tin-can veggies. I am not opposed to things like storebought whole grain noodles, but I just like homemade better so I make my own. I had hoped this cookbook would reflect the growing trend for healthsome food and wholesome cooking. I didn't expect to get whole grain whole food recipes, but this was sadly disappointing. For the budding cook, this is a bad book to learn from. It sets a poor example as is. If you are experienced, you can convert these recipes to something healthy and get some use of it.
I selected the spiral-bound version over the ring-binder version, and the spiral-bound does impress me as sturdier and more ready-to-use-upon-arrival than the ring-binder version
This edition is organized differently from the previous edition I own; after Cooking Basics, the recipes’ classifications are alphabetical from Appetizers and Drinks to Vegetables and Fruits. Beans, Rice and Grains, Candies, and Slow Cooker recipes seem to me to be new classifications for this edition. There are definite updates concerning food handling and food safety. The recipes themselves are just as readable, if not more so, than those in earlier editions, and also include “back to basics” sidebars and “make it mine” tips.
But if you own an older edition, don’t be too quick to give it up! Some key recipes from older editions are not in this edition. (Where’s my stand-by pound cake recipe?! Not in this edition!) I suppose that the editors can’t keep everything in every edition, but some deletions can lead to disappointment.
As far as recipe wise, the recipes are as good as ever. You can't go wrong buying any Better Homes Cookbook. Some of the recipe have changed from each edition, and there are more recipes in newer editions. All are as delicious as ever! Just be forewarned, I LOVE the peanutbutter cookies in the first edition of the book, and the recipe has changed over time. I only bake peanutbutter cookies with the first edition of the cookbook. If you already have a recipe in a specific edition of this book, find that edition! Don't just settle for this eleventh edition because it is a Better Homes New Cook Book. Over all, I wouldn't buy this cook book again due to its style. However, I will continue to but the Better Homes Cookbook for everyone I know.