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The New Basics Cookbook

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  7,962 ratings  ·  79 reviews
It's the 1.8-million-copy bestselling cookbook that's become a modern-day classic. Beginning cooks will learn how to boil an egg. Experienced cooks will discover new ingredients and inspired approaches to familiar ones. Encyclopedic in scope, rich with recipes and techniques, and just plain fascinating to read, The New Basics Cookbook is the indispensable kitchen reference ...more
Paperback, 864 pages
Published January 10th 1989 by Workman Publishing Company (first published January 10th 1988)
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Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cooking
Meh...okay, but not great. There are better cookbooks out there. I bought this one years ago and have made a few recipes from it, but not a ton. I heard so much about the The Silver Palate Cookbook, I decided to buy this one instead. I now own both, and I would say that The Silver Palate Cookbook is better.

Also, I've experienced the same issue as other reviewers. The book binding is coming undone in places. Since, it's not a cookbook I reach for too often, it's not a showstopper. However, given
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Novice cooks.
Shelves: food-food-food
This is a good book for novice cooks. The recipes vary in difficulty and are easy to understand. The authors give concise explanations of cooking terms and methods, and various foods. I know a later book by Rosso (I think it was "Great Good Food") got a drubbing from the critics when it was revealed she didn't actually test all the recipes in a test kitchen. But this isn't THAT book. This does have basics like "how to cook a turkey", with some nice simple vegetable sides.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, books-i-own, u-s-a
This is more of an encyclopedia/ reference book than a cookbook. It's over 800 pages, to begin with. In addition to the recipes, there are countless sidebars and panels with valuable information - quotations, anecdotes, techniques, lists of fruit and vegetable varieties, wine selections, etc.

There is also a wealth of information on how to set up your kitchen - what tools to purchase, what ingredients to stock up on. And you'll learn the basics of several ethnic cuisines - Moroccan, French, Ital
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
New Basics was my very first grown-up cookbook, purchased with $20 of my freshman year textbook budget. I rationalized the cost because my school's Great Books emphasis meant I'd never have to buy an overpriced O-chem doorstop. Flipping through it today, I am reminded of how central this book was to the development of my kitchen ethics and culinary vocabulary. (Only after pouring over this book did I realize there was no chocolate in that fancy French dish I'd heard of but never eaten. "It's not ...more
lindsey dee
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
while i love cook books and cooking magazines, i typically don't read a cook book cover to cover. however, i'm in the delayed process of moving and had already packed all my books except 1 which i just finished. luckily "the new basics" was left out because i recently used it.
what i love most about this book is not the recipes themselves but that the authors explain the ingredients used and show you many ways to use them. i've never read "the joy of cooking," but i use this book in a similar wa
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cook-books
If you are just starting out and have a desire to cook great food then this is the book for you. It breaks cooking down and simplifies everything. I have made many of these dishes and my family now considers them ours. I love the fajita recipe and the "guacomole is hot" and the "Black Bean Salsa". These recipes are loaded with flavor and I go to them again and again. I have given this book many times for wedding showers.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my 'dirtiest' cookbooks. This means that it has been used, used, used! I have so many 'go-to' recipes which came from this book and they fill such a wide range. Strawberry shortcake, cilantro and black bean pestos (make them both so that you use the entire bunch of cilantro!), grilled butterflied lamb, fajitas, I can go on and on and on....
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks, reference
Purchased this book become the Silver Palate Cookbook the our guidebook for special / holiday meals and was hoping New Basics would be as useful to our day to day meals but this wasn't too be. It's a fine cookbook, but there are numerous other cookbooks which provide recipes which were quicker, tasty, with more complete nutritional information.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I’ve had this book for years, and always go back to it for great basic ideas. I have several of Julie and Sheila’s cookbooks and they never disappoint.
Lori Pulichino
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a basic go to in my family for any recipe at any time. Great suggestions for menus, easy to follow, and a broad swath of recipes. A must get for a person who loves to cook.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the best cookbook on my shelves. For years.
Aug 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
my dear friend Rosary gave me this -- my first cookbook -- and I managed to lose it during some blasted move or other! i'll have to pick up the revised edition that just came out (hopefully with full-color and copious photos?). some of these recipes are superb.

OF NOTE: sheila lukins's eggplant/chevre/bechamel lasagna bomb CHANGED my freaking LIFE. it's amazing. it takes, like, several brief lifetimes to compile, but when made as written, it will not only convince you that eggplant is not gross (
Dixie Diamond
I love that this offers basic information on common ingredients, buying advice, and suggests seasonings to complement many of the foods.

However, I absolutely hate the layout. The text is tiny and crowded in to make room for oversized titles and goofy 1980's-style border designs, which are distracting and make it feel more disorganized than it probably is. A plain layout like those used in older cookbooks would have been much better, especially since there are no photographs to accommodate.

I don
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Kip is now a friend, so I'm going to start reviewing cookbooks -- Yay!

This is one of my favorite go-to cookbooks. When my friends were getting married in the late 90s, this is the cookbook I gave them as shower presents. Some of the recipes are dated and a little high in fat, but the techniques presented are timeless. A lot of my "standard" recipes come from this book. My pizza crust, pizza sauce, garlic vinagrette, cheesecake are all from this book. This is a collection I go to when I need idea
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was staying in a wonderful apt. on the cape (a vacation rental) and found this book in the cupboard. With very little access to my usual cooking items (spices, etc) I needed a simple recipe, with few ingredients, that was healthy and tasty. I tried pasta with sardines, olive oil, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and parsley. It was so good that I bought the book, and now eat this regularly at home. I do need to try some of the other recipes, but this one recipe alone was worth the purchase of the bo ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This was a staple in my house when I was growing up, and I have my mother's copy with food stains and hand-written notes throughout. There are many recipes in here that I love to make as they are comforting familiar treats from my childhood, and many others that I've discovered as an adult. This is always a source of inspiration for parties or breaking out of a cooking rut, and I recommend it highly!
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: megan
Shelves: cookbooks
Crammed with breads, salads, vegetable, grains, desserts, savories, seafood and soup. Simple and easy. Also has simple charts about the different kinds of grains, fish, greens, nuts, pastas, etc. their qualities and how to cook or use them. Good diagrams: like how to properly cut and shell a lobster and how to carve poultry, and cut meat. The tarragon chicken salad and carrot-dill soup are favorites.
Jul 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
For a number of years, this was my go-to reference cookbook -- when I needed to know what to do with a celery root, when I was looking for a recipe for coq au vin. At the time, its new wave takes on classic dishes seemed refreshing. Now these twists feel a little dated to me, but it's still full of sound and useful advice on food preparation and entertaining, and it's well organized, so I'll often start there, even if I don't always end up there.
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I love this book, it,s one of my favourites, I,ve got many!!! I found it in a bookstore when on a trip to Canada many years ago. Being English the style of cooking and recipes were a revelation to me, such fresh tasty food, all carefully explained . This was back in the day before I found amazon and suchlike, so I have always treasured it. I now have several by the same author and her partner in crime, Sheila Lukins, love them both .x
Jul 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, non-fiction, recipes
In many ways this was the cookbook that taught me how to cook. I cut my teeth on their lasagna and Moroccan chicken. However the book hasn't aged well. I rarely turn to it these days, and when I do I leave a little disappointed. Its not a bad book and it can still help you learn the basics however the recipes are very 1980s - a little too much for my tastes these days.
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cooks
I know it's a little silly to review cookbooks here, but this is a really great one. It's reasonably priced and makes a nice gift. There are no shortcuts, yet the recipes are not needlesly complicated. One of the authors owns a B and B in Saugatuck, Michigan, and Chris and I went there for our first anniversary. Guess whose idea that was?
Larry Edwards
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of those books which makes a perfect gift for someone who is getting into cooking. The included recipes are very basic and written in such a way that anyone can follow them. If you're a versed home cook, you may find the contents pretty tedious. It does live up to its title, in that it covers the basics of cooking (albeit most of which is not too "new" any longer).
May 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
All recipes I have had/made from this cookbook have been GREAT! Unfortunately, for me anyway, it is not really an 'everyday' type of cookbook- there are a lot of ingredients in most recipes, they are not 'quick' and definitely not particularly healthy. It is sort of a special occasion/things to take to a party or dinner kind of cookbook for me.
Lady Jane
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Provides, for its time, strikingly different interpretations of tried and true favorites. Recipes align with my own preference for strong flavors--many of them showstopping, "wow" recipes. I've been relying on The New Basics for almost 20 years and it still is the first cookbook I reach for.
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Even I, who really don't know how to cook, have had success with these wonderful recipes. Love the spinach, broccoli and boursin timbales (pg 285).

Also recommend THE SILVER PALATE COOKBOOK by the same authors.
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was my first REAL cookbook and it was given to me by a much admired cousin who is an exceptional cook. She and the silver palette are responsible for my current label as foodie! This is where it all began. Uppercrust potatoes are THE BEST potatoes ever! And I mean that!
Chambers Stevens
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
My wife and I got this cookbook as a wedding gift.
After the ceremony we moved to Los Angeles.
Not having a lot of extra cash to spend we used this book as our entertainment.
We have made over a hundred recipes from it.
And most of them are fantastic.
Especially the meatloaf.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My paperback edition is well used and unfortunately falling apart, so I got a hardback copy. Ingredients in this are easier to find that those required in the Silver Palate. I often give this as a gift to those starting a new household since it contains so many handy tips.
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-books
This book has been my go to book for many years, I have enjoyed it very much. There are many good recipes in it. Some of the recipes call for more work than I want to do but with some tweeting I have been able to come up with many excellent meals.
S Vanorse
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is quite dated but contains tons of recipes and great information on everything to do with cooking, baking and everything that goes along with it. Library sale find, and I have to say quit a nice one.
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Julee Rosso is an American cook and food writer. In 1977 she and Sheila Lukins opened and ran a gourmet food shop in New York City called The Silver Palate. In the 1980s they wrote, with Michael McLaughlin, The Silver Palate Cookbook, The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook, and others. A 25th Anniversary update of the Silver Palate Cookbook is forthcoming.
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