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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  113,655 ratings  ·  543 reviews
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 1953)
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In a 10-inch skillet, cook 8 slices bacon till crisp; remove. Pour off half the fat. In the remaining fat, cook 1 cup finely…more
In a 10-inch skillet, cook 8 slices bacon till crisp; remove. Pour off half the fat. In the remaining fat, cook 1 cup finely chopped onion, and 1/4 cup chopped green pepper till tender but not brown. Add one 1-pound can tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups water, 3/4 cup uncooked long-grain rice, 1/2 cup chili sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and dash pepper. Cover and simmer 35 to 40 minutes. Crumble bacon on top. Trim with parsley. Makes 6 servings.(less)
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Jul 26, 2012 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
Jan 29, 2008 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.
Nov 18, 2010 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
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yep, this is the thoroughly stained, bent-cornered, beloved classic that my mother-in-law provided me with the first year of marriage. Thanks mom <3
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, cookbooks
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
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks-owned
I was going to purchase this cookbook for my son last year for his birthday, because my copy has our family favourite "Hot Milk Sponge Cake" recipe in it, a classic that Better Homes has had in its index since it began. To my surprise, I discovered that the recipe no longer was carried, since 2008! Pity, since it is super easy, can be doubled and is a moist and lovely cake better than any boxed mix. Cookbooks may try to revise to keep up with the times, but editor judgement isn't necessarily a g ...more
Oct 31, 2007 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 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
Oct 02, 2007 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 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.
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I have had multiple copies of this book over the years, occasionally changing editions for updated recipes. It has always been a favorite.
Lise Audet
Jan 13, 2013 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
Dec 13, 2012 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
Jun 10, 2010 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.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Most of the recipies are fine, but a few times I've tried to make a breakfast dish and the oven temperature or baking time is WAY off, enough so that I got frustrated continuing to buy ingredients and make things for my family from this book that I let my golden retriever shred it.
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmmmm-food
My most used cookbook, EVER. Though the recipes are simple, pretty much anything I can think of to cook or bake is in there. I recently had to buy a new copy since my first one was literally falling apart!
Heather Key
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Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very nice cookbook
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best cookbook ever.
Linda Vermeulen
Nov 16, 2015 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!
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
I've had this book since the 1981 edition came out and still use it occasionally even though it's falling apart. Also, I loathe cooking.
Shar Hoff
Aug 21, 2011 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
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was THE cook book in my mother's kitchen. The brownie recipe is everyone's old favorite just the way it is. I remember leafing through it on quiet days and imagining the meals I could cook. I don't currently own a copy, but I should add it to my collection.
Jun 16, 2008 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.
Emi Bevacqua
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the glossy photos, but prefer the recipes in the older version.
Sally Pearce
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great updated version of an old standard. My favorite cookbook. I just have 2.
Otto Testla
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Great book
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks, 5-stars
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.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Was a wedding gift. Great book with wonderful helpful tips and recipes.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good for basic information.
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Better Homes and Gardens is the fourth best selling magazine in the United States. Better Homes and Gardens focuses on interests regarding homes, cooking, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating, and entertaining. The magazine is published 12 times per year by the Meredith Corporation. It was founded in 1922 by Edwin Meredith, who had previously been the United States Secretary of Agricultur ...more