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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection of Old-Fashioned Meat Dish Recipes, March 17, 2012
This review is from: Meats: Favorite Recipes of Home Economic Teachers (Spiral-bound)
I am a fan of cookbooks and when I was presented an opportunity to buy all 5 of the cookbooks in this series at a very reasonable price I jumped at the chance. So far I have been very pleased.

Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers cookbooks are very similar to cookbooks you would expect to see put out by a church or other fundraising group, though they are larger and are hard-bound. They use the GBC-style binding which is great for laying them flat on the counter when following recipes. The table of contents is somewhat sparse, taking the reader to a general section instead of to specific recipes, but the index at the back is exhaustive and complete.

In addition to the recipes, each of the cookbooks in the series have sections for cooking tips and suggestions, conversion and temperate charts and definitions of common terms before progressing into the recipe collections. Meats includes a calorie chart for various meats, based on weight amounts, as well as a herb chart for pairing spices with different meats.

Meats has a nice variety of recipes divided into the following sections: Beef/Veal, Ground Beef, Pork, Poultry, Fish/Shellfish, Wild Game, Variety Meats, Combination Meat Dishes, Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches, Casseroles, Sauces/Dressings, Soups, Outdoor dishes, Quick and Easy Dishes and finally Foreign dishes.

All of the cookbooks in this series are full of recipes that take one back to decades past, but this is true of Meats in particular. There are several recipes for rabbit, squirrel, deer (venison) and even moose, and these are recipes that you likely are not going to find in modern collections. Organ meat recipes (such as liver and heart) get represented here as well. I have not tried any of these though I may have to try a couple of the rabbit dishes.

I have not tried too many of the recipes in this cookbook though the ones I have tried have worked out well. This is a collection of recipes where each recipe has been tested and the name of the originator is attached. I think it is very unlikely that you'll find too many recipes that fail miserably.

It's difficult to find much wrong with any of the cookbooks in the Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers, and Meats is a good representative of the series (though it is the most unique in terms of main ingredients). The recipes are tested and solid and produce good dishes. The price is very reasonable. If you're looking for a good recipe collection that will expand your catalog quite a bit, or if you want a good gift idea for someone who grew up in an older generation, these cookbooks are great.
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