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Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book Paperback – November 9, 1998
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First published in 1950, Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book is now reprinted in all its old-fashioned glory. Betty immerses you in a time when women were homemakers, cakes had at least two layers, and salad was iceberg lettuce. You may hesitate to recreate what your mother or grandmother probably cooked--if so, consider that back then we ate simply, in the days before the word foodie was invented. Many of the recipes suit today's harried lifestyle, as you see in Six Layer Dinner, combining eight cups of vegetables with a pound of ground meat, and Dainty Tea Brownies topped with colorful chopped pistachios.
Hundreds of black-and-white photos, animated drawings, and quaint color spreads of prepared dishes aid you in using the recipes. Beginners learn how to measure ingredients, choose the best economical cuts of meat, and cut up round and sheet cakes for serving. There is even a section on how to set the table. This loose-leaf book contains enough recipes to fill a 12-page, double-column index. Best of all, perhaps, is the "Shortcut" section, where useful tips include cleaning a grater of cheese residue by rubbing it with a piece of stale bread. These are interspersed with 15 ways to recuperate from overwork. One suggestion is to lie down on the kitchen floor on your back and relax for three to five minutes. Still a good idea, though few people have a kitchen large enough to try this. --Dana Jacobi
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With more than 63 million cookbooks sold since 1950, Betty Crocker is the name readers trust for reliable recipes and great ideas. For over 75 years, Betty Crocker has provided advice to millions of Americans through cookbooks, magazines and television.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is the book I use when I want a good, homestyle recipe with ingredients I have in my kitchen.
I love the illustrations, the layout, the tips and basically everything about this book. It's like having your grandma standing next to you in the kitchen showing you how she cooked. You won't find high priced, exotic, elitist recipes in here. You won't find the celebrity cook of the month and their marketing hype in here.
You will find out how to make yeast breads and wonderful variations of a surprisingly simple starter recipe. You'll be able to make homemade pound cake that melts in your mouth. You can get information about how much meat to buy and the different cuts, along with so many different ways to prepare it you won't have to worry about what's for dinner for a while!
The pie section is truly a trip back in time. All the old-fashioned pies like Pumpkin Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream, Chess Pie, and a Country Apple Pie to die for are included.
With a return to simpler values, this book is timely. It's a must-have for any kitchen.