- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell (October 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553225286
- ISBN-13: 978-0553225280
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook (Red Checkered Cover) Mass Market Paperback – October, 1983
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There was so much new and useful information included in the eleventh edition I wished I'd let go of my old copy earlier. I am especially fond of the nutrition analysis included with each recipe and the tips for making recipes lower in fat. The prep-times included with each recipe were also a new, and very useful, feature to me. Plus the editors upgraded the book to reflect the wider availability of formerly "exotic" fruits and vegetables now in the everyday market.
The fledgling cook will find everything needed to confidently accomplish any task from hard-boiling an egg to properly setting the table for a family meal or a buffet-style party. Pesky, but common, cooking terms like "al dente" and "crisp-tender" are explained in a straight forward manner in the cooking basics section where you will also find great tips for stocking a pantry or purchasing the basic cooking equipment you might need when just starting out.
Useful features for all levels of cook are scattered throughout the text. For example, there is a full-page photograph of different pastas with the name under each (finally! I now know the difference between Gemelli and Fusilli!). Also very useful are the extensive illustrative photos of retail cuts of meat cross-referenced to the wholesale cut and listing the best way to cook each cut.
One of my favorite things about the hardcover cookbook is the three-ring binder format.Read more ›
No frills. No essays about the enduring history of kumquats, and how they saved Milwaukee 1,000 years ago. None of that. Just a cookbook with lots of helpful tips, to be used by ordinary people.
What do you get? A good old fashioned cookbook filled recipes you'll actually use, with ingredients you've seen before.
From this cookbook, I've made yeast donuts, breads, BBQ ribs, various sauces, and more. My copy has a few stains on it; good eating makes small messes. I like to think of the stains as battle scars.
Buy if you can the ring-bound version, as it will nicely open as you cook. I have the paperback edition, and use a bag of sugar to keep it open (place the sugar at the top of the open spine).
Helpfully included are photos of meat cuts, so you know pork ribs from beef ribs. There is a similar chart of grains and pastas.
Also, there are general instructions for preparing fruit-pie fillings, methods for cooking meat, and how to can produce. There's shopping tips, nutritional charts, measuring techniques.
Ever wonder the difference between cubing and dicing is? That, and many more great tips are explained here.
I fully recommend "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book" for any basic kitchen cooking need you have. However, I am sorry, but detailed kumquat information will need to be found elsewhere.
Take, for instance, biscuits: old editions had the best basic biscuit recipe. The new biscuits require a special trip to the market for ingredients. Yet the cookbook held onto horrors like chop suey!
The recipes over-emphasize canned and packaged ingredients and under-emphasize basic cooking techniques that might allow the aspiring cook to figure out how to substitute convenience ingredients for more complicated recipes. It's very much a cookbook for people who want to reproduce the food at the local supermarket deli, at twice the cost.
That said, there aren't many basic, put-food-on-the-table-every-night cookbooks out there. If you need to smack some chicken and rice on the dinner table every night of your life, you could do worse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've looked for this cookbook for a long time. Its always been my favorite. My older copy fell apart and parts were lost in a move. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prissy
Gorgeous book. Positively scrumptious! Love the healthy recipes, clear easy to follow instructions and gorgeous photos. You won't regret buying this fabulous cookbook. Enjoy!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Was very happy Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (Five -5- Ring Binder)to find this particular cookbook in great condition at such a good price!Published 1 month ago by Mary Cindy
When I was young my mother had one of the early additions of this cookbook. I use to make the apple pie for my extended family for Thanksgiving, and it was a big hit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SittingOverHere
I bought this one for my daughter-in-law since my son and her love the canned salsa recipe.
I was gifted this cookbook new almost 20 years ago. Read more
Love the book although it was an earlier addition than described.Published 2 months ago by Bama Belle