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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, In A Five-Ring Binder

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  61,545 ratings  ·  424 reviews
Discover why every kitchen worth its salt has a flour-dusted, bouillon-stained, batter-encrusted and whisk-maimed copy.
Ring-bound, 436 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Meredith Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1965)
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Jackie
Hands down, my most-used cookbook. It was the first cookbook I bought when I got my first apartment. I was poor and opted for the mass-market paperback version and over the past 30 years it has disintegrated. I recently decided to replace it with a fancy, shiny new spiral bound copy. It looks pretty and it's okay but in my opinion, it's not as good as my old one. Many of my favorite recipes are missing so it sits on the shelf. I take down my battered old faithful, held together with packing tape ...more
Mandee
I have finally decided to get rid of this book. For the last month I've been using it to hold down the lid of my dog's dry food container so she won't get into it because the latch is broken. I kept wanting this to be a good, useful go-to book like our old Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook that we've had all my life (and that got used so much it's completely falling apart), but everytime I try to use this book I'm disappointed. It's got good ideas, but the recipes are NOT good imo. So final ...more
Jennifer
I don't know if perhaps it's me, but I there are a number of recipes in this book that I have had to tweak to make *ahem* BETTER. I am not a chef, but I do consider myself an amateur foodie of sorts. I had to adjust the muffin recipe (maybe I am just used to the super fabulousness of Gingerbread Muffin Company muffins, but anyways...), I had to work on the pizza dough recipe to get it to rise just so and become the correct consistency of pizza dough and not so crunchy at it kept turning out with ...more
Janine
Feb 04, 2008 Janine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who eats
Best cookbook for beginners. It has all the classic instructions and recipes that a new cook needs. A MUST have in any kitchen. The 3-ring binder version is by far the best.
Amanda
I think My Mom gave me this one as a graduation present. It's not quite as good as having her in the kitchen with me, but the recipes remind me of childhood: 3-bean salad, cowboy coffee cake, corn chowder, snickerdoodles, spanish rice and all the candy and canning recipes My Mom has a knack for and I usually don't have the guts to try on my own.

I love how they keep coming out with new versions of the "New Cookbook" and this version is extra special because of the section with "All-Time Favorite
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Erin
This is my go to book for baking, it has the best recipes for peanut butter cookies, ginger snaps, and fruit crisps. It also is a great cook book to have if you don't want to have 10 cook books (like I do) and it has enough of a variety to be your "only" cookbook, as these are tried and true recipes. The one downfall is that it doesn't have many ethnic or alternative (non-meat) recipes, so you'll have to go elsewhere for that.
Margaret Prezioso-Frye
My grandmother had one, my mother had one, my aunts had one (each), I had one - it was a traditional wedding present, my sister has one, sisters-in-law have one, I have one now, my daughter will have one again - she lost mine so that means the owner of the last house she lived in has one...


Below it asks what the date is this book was finished being read - are you kidding - not for four generations that I know of yet.
Lise Audet
This cookbook is excellent for a beginner cook. It explains the basics. I also have to admit that I love my 1970 edition better than the newer version.
These recipes remind you of good times spent with family and friends. For me they were the beginning of cooking on my own. I now have many cookbooks and have evolved in my culinary skills. Just like fashion in clothes, fashion in food evolves constantly. But it's nice to hang on to our roots. I still refer to the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Boo
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Wendy
I've found the majority of recipes in this new edition bland and flavorless, totally unlike my mom's edition from the late 60's. The low-fat, low-salt movement has taken its toll on this classic kitchen staple.

For what it's worth, I cook with as little salt as I can get away with, but when you don't put any salt at all into a pie crust - eww.

My suggestion is to search Goodwill or second-hand book stores for one of those earlier editions. You can always adjust the ingredients to suit a special d
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Shar Hoff
Of all my cookbooks - and I LOVE cookbooks!! - I would have thought this would be one of my favorites. Not even close. There are very few recipes in this book that I have made more than once. For example, don't even bother with the banana muffins. They tasted like a big lump of baking soda. Way too salty and no flavor at all. I won't bother making them again. All in all, I don't recommend this one, particularly to beginner cooks. You'll never want to learn to cook if you try these crappy recipes ...more
Lynn
I had a Better Homes & Gardens cookbook for about 35 years and it was stained & dog eared and my bible for roasting meats & poultry. I finally decided to treat myself to a brand new edition. So I went out and bought a new copy and tossed old faithful away. BIG MISTAKE! The new book didn't have my old favorite recipes and to add insult to injury, the cover's rivets promptly fell out and the whole thing fell apart. I just wanted a nice clean copy of my old friend and now I just wish I ...more
Malika
I love cooking and everything, but I always end up trying only about 2-3 recipes per cookbook. (Am I alone here?) With this cookbook, I only tried dessert recipes being I wanted to sell at school and bake a cake for my mother's bday.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting (page 154)
This recipe was insanely easy. That type of easy you experience when you realize things are going TOO well, so there must be something wrong. I actually used Philadelphia cheesecake filling as the base instead of regular cream ch
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Stacy
This was my mom’s go-to cookbook when I was growing up. From it, I baked all of my first pies and quick breads when I was learning to cook as a young adult. It has some useful references (like how long to cook meat, measuring conversions, etc.). While I don’t cook these recipes all that frequently now, my cookbook collection wouldn’t feel complete without the trademark white and red checkered cover.
Lisa
THE original kitchen staple. From basics like how to boil an egg or bake a potato to much more complicated, delicious dishes. I have made dozens and dozens of recipes from this cookbook and have never had one turn out bad!
Marlee
Great for a beginner with explanations of techniques and terms at the beginning. The book has been in family for ages though I have a later edition than the one my mother used.

Very simple and easy to follow. General over all.
Sally Pearce
A great updated version of an old standard. My favorite cookbook. I just have 2.
Dorine
This is one of my favorite cookbooks that I've used for 30 years. I use it more for reference than to fix the recipes now, but every recipe I have tried over the years has been used more than once. I really like the cooking tables. For example, for vegetables it explains each vegetable, then how to prepare it, how to cook it and the time it takes. I'm sure there are cookbooks that have the latest methods that might be better than this one, and I probably own them, but this small mass market pape ...more
TeacupTizzy
Absolutely, hands down, my favorite and most used cookbook. This particular edition was a redesign to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and features a 32-page section that promotes breast cancer awareness, survivor recipe favorites and healthful eating.

That just adds to my enjoyment of the book. This, as well as the original edition, is a comprehensive must-have for every kitchen. It is also an excellent gift for a fledgling cook or anyone who wishes to expand their skills.

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Marie Kwiecien
Oct 02, 2014 Marie Kwiecien rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new cooks
Shelves: cookbooks
Hands down, this is my favorite cookbook of all time. I have the 3-ring bound 15th edition on my bookshelf and I love it. An excellent cookbook for beginners; it taught me how to make all of the basics. I especially love the "make it mine" recipes that let you customize a classic recipe.

And when putting together my kitchen the section on cooking basics was a godsend.
Georgette Quinn
I received this as a wedding gift from an older lady that worked with my husband. While I took it as she was trying to apply that I needed cooking lessons, I ended up enjoying this one. This was before Pinterest. Now you just search Pinterest for your favorite recipes. Well We've been married for over 7 years, but I still use some of the recipes in it.
Ily
This is my favorite cookbook. I got it back when I first went to college and it has carried me through many a meal and cooking process successfully. I will admit that I did not cook much growing up so I really had no experience at all when I was off on my own. This book taught me that whipped cream only has 3 ingredients and is better than the stuff from a can and easy to make. It taught me that pancakes taste better when made from scratch and aren't hard to make. It taught me a simple great rec ...more
Malika
Wow, really surprised to see the negative reviews of this book.

The beauty of this book is not just the recipes included, but the guidance on how to properly prepare ingredients. Being split into chapters, there is great how-to information for everything from meats to veggies to spices and ingredients.

Sarah
This was my first cook book I ever bought. I picked it up in college so I would know how to cook. I am hard on books, so my only way to know what I've made is the stains on all the pages! I did make some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from here that turned out pretty good.
Karen Jean Matsko Hood
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book I always enjoy reading this all time classic. This is one that my mom always used. Thanks
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 12, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Looking for a Basic Cookbook
Of the over a couple of dozen cookbooks in our shelves, this general cookbook is one of the ones we've used the most over the years, certainly in the top four. Of those four, this is my go-to cookbook, the one I find easiest to use when I'm looking for basic recipes. The section tabs make it very easy to find recipes--especially since there's an index of each section's recipes on the section cover page. Inside covers with such information as Weights and Measures and Substitutions, as well as sec ...more
Debra Mattli
One of my favorite cook books. great to have on hand or give as a gift. I would recommend this for a first cook book to a inexperienced cook not just for recipes it also has a lot of helpful hints and information on kitchen equipment and tools and proper use of it.
Cassandra Foote
This is one of my favorite go-to cookbooks for some basic, simple recipes. I love the new version because it contains a grilling section and a crock pot section! I grew up learning how to cook out of this cook book.
Evelyn Burke
I got it as a wedding present in 1971, so I'm not sure if "new" seems like an appropriate adjective. It is, however, the first cookbook I used and the one I still use the most.
Barbara
Oct 29, 2008 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any cook, beginner or old hand.
Recommended to Barbara by: My mother.
Shelves: cooking
And earlier edition of this was my first cookbook, and I've bought three subsequent editions that were updated to include great inventions like the microwave oven and the crockpot. My latest is the new Limited Breast Cancer edition which focuses on healthier ways to prepare food. It's a totally different book with the same looseleaf, easy-to-use format.

As far as I'm concerned, this is the most useful of the cookbooks I own, whatever the edition. Some of my best recipes have come from it. It may
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