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Pillsbury Complete Cookbook: Recipes from America's Most-Trusted Kitchens Hardcover – April 18, 2000

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How many times have you found yourself searching through five different cookbooks for a few simple things--those terrific stuffed mushrooms, Mom's mashed potatoes, something new to do with asparagus, and which cut of pork to use for the best chops? Pillsbury's Complete Cookbook may be the answer to all your rummaging. Capturing down-home cooking at its finest, the chefs at Pillsbury have not only compiled a list of America's favorite recipes, they've created a handy reference guide to boot. The table of contents runs the gamut of American cuisine, featuring traditional fare such as Pot Roast and Gravy and Grown-up Macaroni and Cheese, as well as recipes with a modern twist like Tofu Piccata and Grilled Walleye with Pecan Butter. With menu ideas, step-by-step instructional photographs, nutritional information, dietary exchange recommendations, cook's notes, and buying guides, the Complete Cookbook proves true to its name. And, the five-ring-binder format stays open while you're cooking and allows you to include your celebrated family secrets throughout. --Melissa Asher

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The Ultimate Kitchen Companion
Every recipe triple-tested in Pillsbury's famous kitchens
Easy-to-use, lie-flat ring-binder format lets cooks customize their cookbooks
Nearly 1,000 recipes that celebrate the way Americans are eating today
More than 300 full-color photographs, including step-by-step photos illustrating various cooking techniques and ingredients
Common ingredients and easy-to-follow directions ensure excellent results
Cooking Basics section, featuring nutrition information, cooking charts, ingredient information, emergency substitutions storage hints, menu planning and suggestions, up-to-date food safety information and the most complete glossary in a ring-bound cookbook
Low in Fat and 20 Minutes or Less recipes are listed on chapter dividers for easy reference
Cook's Notes, ingredient and cooking charts and clearly illustrated step-by-step technique instructions included throughout
High altitude directions provided

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Product Details

  • Series: Pillsbury
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (April 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609602845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609602843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Soozie4Him VINE VOICE on September 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly awaited the release of this cookbook because I have the yellow ring-bound Pillsbury Cookbook that was published back in 1979. The yellow Pillsbury cookbook has been my all-time favorite cookbook of all time. I've made MANY recipes from there over the years.
Pillsbury makes incredible cookbooks (as well as those monthly cookbook magazines you can get by mail or at the grocery store check-out!) and this new one is no exception.
It has all the basics that a beginning cook needs to know - how long to cook a beef roast, emergency substitutions, a chapter on freezing and canning, a cooking glossary, a guide to utensils, and much more!
I love the ring-bound format because the book lays flat (I'd recommend a page-protector or some plastic over the recipe as you're working though, to prevent spills on your new cookbook! <g>).
This cookbook's recipes are for just plain good cooking! Not a lot of exotic ingredients are included, but you will find some of the more recent additions into cookbooks such as a chapter on Vegetarian Cooking.
The cookbook is divided into 12 sections, each separated by a very lightweight cardboard stock with a tab of the same paper extending past the edges of the recipe pages, indicating the topic of that section. The reason I mention this is that I really feel that Pillsbury could've spent a little more on this cookbook and made the dividers from a stiffer cardboard and made the divider tabs especially in such a way where they would stand up to heavy use (since this cookbook is one you might use constantly!).
Perhaps I'm spoiled by having the other one, but in the 1979 model, the dividing pages have much stiffer cardboard and I just recently lost the first tab from that cookbook - after 21 years!!
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By A Customer on May 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is filled with recipes, pictures, and helpful advice for a person to follow directions while cooking/baking. It's easy to read and allows you to choose from a variety of choices.
Also, the good hints a person needs while baking is exceptionally worthwhile. I would recommend this book to a beginner, as well as someone who's baked for a number of years.
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Format: Hardcover
I was in a cooking rut. Believe it or not, the cookbooks I have collected over the last 10 years, over 40 of them, were not inspiring me in the kitchen anymore. This book was the answer to my prayers!
I have a newborn and a spirited 3 year old. I do not have much time for searching through stacks of Bon Appetit magazines, let alone tracking down even semi-exotic ingredients. This book has straightforward, easy recipes, such as Braised Pork Chops with Cream Gravy and Parsley Potato-Topped Oven Swiss Steak, that rival a good restaurant's offerings. In fact, the Garlic Roasted Chicken reminded us of a dish we had at Tra Vigne, a 3 star restaurant in Napa Valley, on our honeymoon! Excellent!
I loved all the color photos of many of the recipes.
If you are a cook in a rut, but are one who enjoys foods other than Hamburger Helper and spaghetti, then this book is perfect. I highly recommend it....
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of those cookbooks that rates a 'Must Have' tag. It is comprehensive, extremely well indexed, and will meet the needs of the most or least experienced cook. The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredient list is readily available, if not already on the shelf or in the pantry.
I needed a quick recipe to take to a meeting where I was one of those responsible for refreshments. I chose the Fresh Apple Coffee Cake. You have to prepare the Refrigerated Coffee Cake Dough beforehand for this recipe. Well, it turned out beautifully. The dough rose as specified and the texture was moist and cake-like. Suffice it to say, there was nothing left in the pan. I have also made several of the soups, including Cheddar Cheese and Vegetable Beef with Barley. These recipes are 'keepers' and will work well as a lunch serving for those of you who, like me, don't like to take sandwiches to work.
In addition to the recipes, the book contains nutritional information and dietary exchanges. There are many illustrations although you won't find a picture of every recipe. Of particular help are the many 'Cook's Notes', replete with suggestions and techniques, that appear throughout the book.
I think you will use this book repeatedly. It makes a great addition to your library and would be well received as a gift.
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Format: Hardcover
As a newlywed and cooking novice, I constantly refer to the Pillsbury Complete Cookbook for great meal ideas, kitchen tips, and general cooking information. I recieved it as a shower gift and I have to say, it is the most useful thing that I got! I love the ring bound binding and layout of the book. There are 12 sections that are divided with tabbed sections for easy identification. In each chapter, there are plenty of recipes, tips, and ideas in each one. There are appetizers and beverages; bread, soup, stews; beef and veal; pork and lamb; poultry; fish and shellfish; vegetarian cooking; eggs; cookies and candies; cakes, pies, and desserts; salads, vegetables, and sides, and a whole section on cooking tips and basics. I even made my first Thanksgiving dinner using recipes from this book (roast turkey, perfect mashed potatoes, southern succotash, perfect apple pie). The meal was fabulous! So far, everything that I have tried has come out flawlessly. I like how there are basic, easy to find ingredients for each recipe, and there are only about 3 steps on average to complete it. Along with every recipe there are pictures, hints, suggestions, and cook's notes where needed to help you through. Many recipes also have variations and all come with nutrition information, prep and cook times (which have all been on target) and serving information. The emergency substitution lists on the front and back covers have also saved me once or twice! Some of the recipes I have tried--hopefully they will help to show the range of recipes in the book: golden split pea soup, dill vegetable dip, Italian spaghetti with meat sauce, easy chicken parm.Read more ›
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