Better Homes and Garden Featuring over 1200 recipes–You need a basic cookbook. This is it. No frills.
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 cookies, breads, BBQ ribs, various sauces, and more. My copy has a few stains on it; after all a messy cook is a great cook. I like to think of the stains as battle scars. 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 are shopping tips, nutritional charts, measuring techniques. As well as information on how to properly set a table and what a well stocked kitchen needs. Ever wonder the difference between cubing and dicing is? Don’t know what cumin is? Well that’s in there too.That, and many more great tips are explained here. In the Anniversary edition there is also a section with the best recipes (from the Better Homes and Gardens magazine) from the decade. So go ahead and try the Green Goddess Salad (I didn’t know what it was either).
This was one of my first cookbooks I ever received. It was a gift from my mom when I got married. While I have always been a great cook (if I do say so myself) this book helped answer many questions I had. It has great charts for substituting items you may be out of as well as a conversion charts for those who are bad at math. I use the cookbook regularly if only to get a basic recipe idea. The recipes are easily adapted and changeable to your tastes and likings. If you can purchase the ring-bound it is all the better. I have taken and added pages to accommodate my recipe changes and additions. One of the best things I love is when I am not sure what a technique is all I have to do is look it up and this book explains it to me in simple terms. The pictures are beautiful and detailed without too many extra items. You know when you are looking an oatmeal cookie. When I made divinity for the first time I knew exactly what to do because the steps are clear and concise. I would recommend this cookbook to anyone especially those who maybe aren’t great cooks and need the help and advise without being made to feel stupid.