Betty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today
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Betty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today

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From foolproof, dependable recipes to reliable how-to advice, the Betty Crocker Cookbook has everything you need for the way you cook today.Whether you're a new or experienced cook, The Betty Crocker Cookbook(R) is the book for you

Comprehensive resource, with more than 1,000 easy-to-follow recipes

Creative cooking ideas, incl...more
Ring-bound, 575 pages
Published August 15th 2005 by Betty Crocker (first published 1969)
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karen
this is my mom's cookbook. when i was little, i would spend hours playing with it while she cooked, and pretending her little spice jars were people having adventures. but mostly, reading this and admiring the pictures. i left it behind in my moving-out-of-brooklyn haste years ago, and i came across it at a used bookshop sunday. so even though it is not "her" copy, and it doesn't have all of the great handwritten notes, i can still sit here on the floor with it and play with my spices and preten...more
Jackie
Jun 09, 2008 Jackie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who cooks or wants to cook
I have a dozens cookbooks, but I have to say that this one is the one that gets pulled out most often. It's tried, true and a dear friend to me in the kitchen. I will keep it until it has to be pried from my cold, dead hands.
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Apr 07, 2010 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are just learning to cook or want to learn basic cooking
This is a must have cookbook for every kitchen. I collect cookbooks, but this is the only one I actually use semi-regularly. (I like cooking, but I just don't do it all that much, with my schedule.)

It has the basic recipes that will get a novice started. I use the Scones recipe on page 40, but I add dried cherries or blueberries. I also use this to make gumbo with a few modifications. I also learned to make Chicken Pot Pie using this cookbook.

I can't give this five stars because the food tends t...more
Karen
Almost everything I know about cooking, I learned from this book years ago. I still use it often. It is the best cookbook. I own, and I own over 240 cookbooks.
Elisa
The beauty of this book is that there truly is something for everyone.If you are a beginner you will find everything you need to know, even if you start out knowing absolutely nothing!If you have been cooking for sometime you will review things you hadn't used for so long you'd forgotten them. If you have been cooking for many years, it's just like an old friend who shares her best recipes with you . Trust me , as one of those that have been cooking for a good many years , if it isn't in this bo...more
Jennifer
Although I wouldn't recommend this book for general, every day reading unless you're fond of lists and instructions this is my go-to cookbook for absolutely everything. All the recipes that I cook regularly are from this cookbook, and all my family favourites are from here as well. Perfect for all the original, homestyle cooking recipes.
If you're looking for something a little more adventurous in your cooking this book probably isn't for you, but if you want a good general cookbook this is the...more
Denae
A much more recent update of Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook, this was a gift from my grandmother when I moved into my first apartment. It has a number of recipes for artisanal breads that are fantastic. Overall, I've enjoyed most of the things I've made from it, but it does not quite hold up to its predecessors in my opinion.
Daniel
I've had this cookbook since college, and still use it more than any other. It's certainly not the most contemporary cookbook ever published, nor are its recipes particularly interesting, but all the basics are here. Need to remind yourself how long to cook eggs to hardboil them? It's there. What temperature to cook chicken breasts at? It's in there too. There also good, basic recipes for things like chocolate-chip cookies, though many of them need to be modified a bit for today's kitchens. (Doe...more
Jamie
There’s a reason my mom still has her Betty Crocker’s Cookbook that was given to her as a wedding present. Even after 34 years, this cookbook is still helpful and useful. The recipes are easy-to-follow; explanations are given for cooking and food terms. Some of my favorite features are the tabs that make it easy to find different sections as well as the fact that this cookbook is ring-bound. A ring-bound cookbook lies flat when opened, so I don’t have to worry about trying to hold my place on a...more
Morgan
I have managed to obtain my mother's copy of this book (okay...I stole it and she has yet to beg for it back) and it is a definate go-to in my kitchen. It gives the basics and has some great recipes (enchiladas, mac and cheese, meatloaf, etc.). The only fault I have with this book is it's a little out of date. Honestly, I can't say that I have seen monosodium glutamate on the ingredient lists in my other cookbooks.
Denae
The other Betty Crocker cookbook that dominated my early cooking. Also fantastic, this cookbook has a number of excellent recipes I adore and some that simply amuse me. The first list contains pancakes, waffles, any of the cakes, and meatloaf. The second contains any sort of jello or fruit mold and fondue. Food trends are kind of amazing.
Dorena
I have my grandma's cookbook that she used. Timeless recipes.
Lynda
One of my favorite cookbooks. I have 5 editions.
leena_abate
If you're a beginner/intermediate cook and you need to make something for a dinner party/bake sale/potluck, this is a good resource. It probably won't be the best cake/dip/casserole your guests have ever tasted, but it won't embarrass you, either.

Organized layout, binding that lays flat. Lower-fat recipes/modifications. And yes! the ever-in-demand nutritional information (true, some of these serving sizes are a little on the skimpy side to keep the calorie counts down, but at least they tried)....more
Cheryl Scott
This was the first cookbook I had that was my very own and not my mom's. It's a sentimental favorite as well as a solid basic cookbook.

I still prepare many dishes from this book, as I have they are always enjoyed, not to mention that I have the recipes memorized!

I love to cook, eat and entertain, and I cherish this book, which launched my 'solo' cooking life.

5 stars for substance and sentiment
Tlingit
A very good edition for the general cook. There are hints and extraneous information that can be interesting if you are bored and flipping through the pages just reading this cookbook like a regular book. If you are using it solely as reference you'll probably miss some good help and techniques for cooking.
Vicki
This was one of the first cookbooks I ever really looked at with any scrutiny. I think my Grandma had two copies, and she let me take one. I used to just take it down and read it -- it was so dated looking. Avocado and orange, to say nothing of the instructions -- every man takes his eggs in a different way, and it behooves a good wife to learn how to cook them the way her husband likes best! Something like that. Something secretly awesome. There's lots of great recipes in here -- they hold up w...more
Dorothy Kirtley
Used over and over for 30 years was one of my very first cookbooks. This and Cooking for Two... Glad I kept them earmarked written in and drawn in by my children... We are back to two and it's still good!
Angie
I got this when I first moved out on my own. It has been a constant go - to. Simple, basic, easy to follow recipes. There is even a picture of boiling water! Fool proof guide!
Tricia M.S.
This is my cherished "go to" cookbook. I have replaced it, gifted it and throughly used this cookbook to the point that I have taped the covers back onto the book ... again. I found this to be a constant in an ever-changing world. It has splatters, stains and margin notes all the way through the book. I get lots of compliments on the cookies that I make every year. One of my favorite cookie is the pumpking cookie on page 267. Even my kids like them & request them anytime they know they are c...more
Sarah
I've had *significantly* better luck with the baking recipes in this cookbook than the cooking recipes/dinners. It's really a lovely cookbook though...fun to flip through, and filled with lots of reference-type stuff. Granted, most conversions and how-to tips I Google rather than reference, but I did find a handy vegetable-cooking chart during my recent read-through that I think I should take advantage of more. And I looooove that it's bound to lie flat while you cook, I wish all cooking/craftin...more
Connie R
After 30 years of marriage and having developed my own recipe, I still turn to page 54 when making lasagna!
Colleen
Got this as a wedding present back in 02. Not that I've tried and loved every recipe in this one, but I think it has some pretty good ones that you can adjust to your own tastes as you cook more. Additionally, it has great reference info - everything from why your cookies didn't rise to techniques on carving meat to setting a proper table to measurement equivalencies (key when you keep finding things that call for grams!) and substitutions (always useful!). I think a cookbook like this one is a...more
Stacey
Great summary of basic recipes but nothing that is earth shattering good
Mckinley
My mother gave me a copy sometime after I left home. I think it was during grad school when I used it as stress relief to bake up a storm. Still have it and make stuff out of it from time to time. I always seem to double the herbs and spices - the amounts given make stuff a bit to bland for my taste.

My sister also has a copy. And recently my 8 year old niece made a scrumptious peach pie from this. And so the book passes on to another generation.

An Side - love the ring-bound binding and wonder w...more
Linda
You can't go wrong with a Betty Crocker cookbook. My mom taught me how to cook and bake using an earlier version of this cookbook several decades ago. It may not contain the healthiest recipes but I know from experience that many of them are 'good eats'. This version contains some amended and new recipes that my older version didn't have. I love my earlier cookbook with its stains and pencil marks but appreciate having a newer edition with other information. Be prepared to jot down notes and che...more
Susan
My first big girl cookbook.
Jamie Mae
Great beginner's cookbook. This is the cookbook that taught me how to cook.
This book is one of 10 that I actually own, I pull it out for my favorites: Crapes, favorite muffins, and Chocolate chip layer cake. Yum Yum! I also pull it down when I need to double check how long something to cook and general cooking tips.
Only thing that irks me about Betty Crocker cookbooks are the recipes that have "1 box of Betty Crocker cake mix" I don't need a book for that, I can learn that walking down the groc...more
Krystiana
yum!
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