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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

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Features: Over 900 new recipes -- 1,200 in all-reflect current eating habits and lifestyles; 500 new photographs -- over 700 in all-including 60 percent more of finished food than the last edition; Dozens of new recipes offer ethnic flavours, fresh ingredients, or vegetarian appeal; Many recipes feature make-ahead directions or quick-to-the-table meals; New chapter provide ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Better Homes and Gardens Books (first published January 1st 1965)
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Nov 15, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
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
Nov 18, 2010 Mandee rated it did not like it
Shelves: whats-cookin
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
Feb 04, 2008 Janine rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Oct 31, 2007 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Apr 19, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2012 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks, owned
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
Mar 06, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2013 Margaret Prezioso-Frye rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 26, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have the 15th edition spiral bound book from 2010. This is an old standby cookbook for all cooks. There is just about any basic recipe in this book.
Heather Key
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Lise Audet
Mar 01, 2014 Lise Audet rated it liked it
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
Linda Vermeulen
Nov 16, 2015 Linda Vermeulen rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite cookbook...but I have a 30 year old version. Love the old school recipes. Tonight: homemade pound cake!
Shar Hoff
Aug 21, 2011 Shar Hoff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2012 Lynn rated it did not like it
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
Apr 20, 2014 Malika rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2010 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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.
Jan 08, 2016 Madeline rated it it was amazing
The first time I tried to cook something it was when I first ate the gross vegetables that my dad makes every day. Mom, just to clarify that it's not dad's cooking that's bad. It's the fact that he gives me
Aug 18, 2008 Marlee rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 20, 2016 Jo-Grandma rated it it was amazing
Best cookbook ever.
Sally Pearce
May 29, 2011 Sally Pearce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great updated version of an old standard. My favorite cookbook. I just have 2.
Jun 05, 2015 Ken rated it really liked it
My first cookbook. I have found a lot of good basic recipes in it. Some I have modified. There are many sidebars with helpful tips. Be sure to read the sections at the end of the chapters. There are explanations about how to prepare all kinds of meats, vegetables, fruits, etc. There are also things like basic prep instructions (cutting, etc), measurement equivalents and possible ingredient substitutions. The first part of the book has a small dictionary that explains things like tools/utensils, ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great basic and quick recipes. Not for the gourmet cook but a good standard for family cooking. I got this book because it was the one my mother had and cooked from on a daily basis. Because of it's age the recipes are NOT heart or sugar healthy but they are yummy. Nice beginner book - full of shortcuts like canned soup bases - but enough interesting things for more advanced cooks.

My favorites from this book:

Blue Ribbon Fudge p. 91
Buttery Peanut Brittle p. 95
Chicken Divan p. 131
Apple Crumb Pie
Dec 28, 2014 Dorine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, cookbooks
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
Aug 08, 2012 TeacupTizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
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.

Chad Lamb
Some good recipes in here. I thought the detachable pages would be a nice feature when you're cooking in the kitchen, but I ended up losing a page with a really good spaghetti dish recipe on it at someone's house because I took it out and never collected it back. Otherwise, some great features, such as measurement and ingredient compatability charts, food preparation education, and bright colorful and helpful photos of food.
Dec 10, 2015 ValerieC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All cooks.
Shelves: cookbook
I still have this falling-apart paperback book on the shelf. Best book to get a quick recipe or cooking temp/time for something. I love the deviled eggs recipe. It's a good cookbook for beginner cooks to learn how to make standards. I should probably get an updated version, since a lot of food styles have changed, but these days I just read cookbooks more than cook from them... getting older like my book, lol.
Marie Kwiecien
Oct 02, 2014 Marie Kwiecien rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2015 Georgette Quinn rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 01, 2014 Ily rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2016 Ari rated it it was amazing
Yummy!!!! This book is delicious. With high quality food pictures and precise instructions, if I would I ever cook in my life this would be the first book I pick. The instructions are super easy, even a baby can do it. I never cooked ever, but this book makes me want to. The food is just so good. It's not a good book when you're hungry.
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