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Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes: 1485 Favorites from the World's #1 Food & Entertaining Magazine Hardcover – September 13, 2012

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Taste of Home is a go-to resource for the holidays and any time of the year for information on food, cooking and entertaining. Each year, thousands of great home cooks from across the United States and Canada submit more than 40,000 recipes, of which 3,000 are published in Taste of Home magazines and online, making Taste of Home one of the largest and most successful practitioners of user generated content. Before being published, every recipe is tested in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen to ensure that it can be prepared with affordable, everyday ingredients from regular grocery stores. Taste of Home content is available in print; online at Tasteofhome.com; in books; via digital download on iPad, mobile apps and Kindle; and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Taste of Home reaches more than 57 million readers, with the Taste of Home magazine as well as online and live event channels.


Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief.

Catherine M. Cassidy is Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home. She is responsible for driving editorial direction and product strategy across the brand’s media platforms.  They include Taste of Home, the number one food and entertaining magazine in the world; TasteofHome.com; social media; special interest publications; and cookbooks.  She also is responsible for editorial direction for the magazines Simple & Delicious and Healthy Cooking and Enthusiast Brands Birds and Blooms, Country, Country Woman, Farm and Ranch Living, and Reminisce.


Cassidy has toured the country as the face of Taste of Home for national and local TV, radio, and newspaper interviews in support of the best-selling Taste of Home products, including its cookbooks.


Prior to joining Taste of Home, Cassidy served as Editor-in-Chief of Prevention magazine, the nation’s largest health publication, at Rodale, Inc. Cassidy joined Rodale in 1986 as an associate editor in the book division, and was later named Executive Editor of Rodale’s Custom Publishing division. She started her career at Runner’s World and Fit magazines in Mountain View, California. Cassidy lives in Mequon, Wisconsin, with her husband and two daughters.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest/Taste of Home; 8/14/12 edition (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898219914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898219913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
This is one big cookbook! Taste Of Home Best Loved Recipes has 1,485 recipes between it's covers. The introduction of this cookbook talks about cooking and baking your way through it. That is exactly what you will want to do.

There are 26 chapters filled with recipes from the Taste Of Home magazine. Each chapter has an 8 page picture collage of recipes, which look very appealing. There are obvious chapters like Beef, Cakes, and Soups. But there are also unique chapters like Condiments & Sauces, Cooking For One Or Two, and Sandwiches & Pizzas. The chapters called Mealtime Express, Mom Made It Best, and Our Favorite Contributor's Meals have all the recipes listed by year, starting with 1993, the year the Taste Of Home magazine was first published, and go chronologically to the year 2012. The rest of the chapters have the recipes listed in no particular order. Just like in the magazine, all the recipes in the cookbook have the name of the reader who submitted it, where they live, any comments they shared about it, and the year it was published. Getting to know the reader a little makes it even more interesting to read.

The top 100 reader selected recipes are highlighted. Reader comments from the tasteofhome.com community are shared throughout the cookbook. The recipes in Taste Of Home Best Loved Recipes do not use ingredients that are difficult to find. If they are not already in your pantry, they can easily be found at the grocery store. There are no complicated directions to follow. A beginning cook could make the recipes without any problems. An experienced cook will appreciate the diversity of the recipes. I found more than a handful of recipes that have been family favorites from Taste Of Home for years. Grand-Prize Winners is a chapter that I enjoyed.
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Format: Hardcover
WOW, is this a cookbook or what? Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes is a very thick hardbound cookbook with nearly 1500 recipes culled from their magazine over the past 20 years of publication. My first thought was what could I find in here that I hadn't tried before? I decided to try a slow cooker jambalaya recipe that was listed as a Top 100 Recipe. I'd made a similar dish in the past and it was bland.... but this recipe had an extra ingredient that gave it the kick it needed to please the palate.

Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes would be a great cookbook for a bridal shower gift; there is even a section entitled Cooking for One or Two. The one disappointment is that there are not as many pictures as are in the magazine but every so often there are a few glossy pages with full color pics of recipes complete with the name and page the recipe can be found.
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Format: Hardcover
taste of home Best Loved Recipes boasts 1,485 favorites and they aren't kidding. The first thing that I noticed about this book was simply its size. At almost five pounds for 928 pages, it doesn't qualify as a light book. All of these recipes are contained within a very sturdy cover and a red ribbon bookmark is included so you won't loose your recipe while you are cooking.

taste of home Best Loved Recipes is a selection of favorites from the magazine's twenty year history. The recipes have been submitted over the years by folks cooking in their own kitchens then they are evaluated by Taste of Home editors and tested in their kitchens. The recipes included in this book have a comment from the original author and include the year they were published in the magazine showing the evolution of recipes over time.

I love the indexes that are included in this book because some of the main recipe sections are not the most traditional. Yes there are sections for appetizers, beef, beverages, breads, cakes, cookies, poultry, and salads but you also have celebrations, grand-prize winners, mealtime express, and mom made it best. Some of the categories overlap more than I've seen in other cookbooks so I might find a side dish in any number chapters.

There are so many recipes in this book that I didn't even know what section to look at first! As I flipped through each section I saw so many recipes that I want to try. I really like that the recipes include not only the time it takes for a dish to cook but also the required prep time at the top so it can be seen at a glance. This is especially important with a recipe like Glazed Corned Beef which requires nearly 3 hours for one aspect of cooking plus another 25 minutes in the oven to finish it.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great Cookbook for anyone who doesn't already have a Taste of Home Cookbook. If you are like me and have the reagular Taste of Home, The Baking Taste of Home, The Winning Recipes Taste of Home, and other Taste of Home Cookbooks you will have all of the recipes that are in this new Cookbook. Of course I probable should have realized that on my own . I still would have been glad I bought it if it had been in ringer style format. It is way inconvenent to use a large cookbook like this that is not in the ringer type cookbook style. That said I love Taste of Home cookbooks , magizine, and web sight !!!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great cookbook with over 1400 recipes, there is something for everyone. I am giving this book four stars because I would have liked for it to include nutritional information, that was disappointing. I would love more pictures also, I know with so many recipes, there can't be a picture for everyone recipe, but more would have been nice.

One of the things that I really love about this cookbook is that most ingredients you already have in the house and don't need to go out and by a bunch of stuff you may only use once or twice, unless you need to buy fresh ingredients.

The recipes tell you how long it will take to prep, cook and amount it will yield. It also gives you what year the recipe was submitted by a reader.

The cookbook covers the common sections of breads, seafood, etc. but also includes:

Celebrations and Holidays
Cooking for one or two
Grand Prize Winners
Meal time express
Mom made it best
Our contributors meals
Potluck picks

This is still a great cookbook and should give the home cook something new to try everyday and tons of all time favorites that the family will enjoy. With 1485 recipes you should be able to find something to cook for your family with ingredients you have in your house. Happy cooking.
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