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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  131,205 ratings  ·  584 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 choppe…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
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nostalgia: n. A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.

I am a sucker for sentimentality. There are times, however, that I'm confused as to how nostalgia can push through the fullness of time with such a golden sheen. Often the things that I can be nostalgic for don't end up being nearly as enjoyable when I happen upon them at my current perch in life. I end up disappointed, and sometimes sad, for ruining what esteem I held for something that elicited such joy at a les
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 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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 11, 2012 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
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
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have used this cookbook extensively over the last 30+ years, and made pretty much every recipe in it at least once if not more. There was not one that we did not care for. One I made recently (a few days before Thanksgiving) that filled the air with a wonderful aroma was Vegetable Beef Soup:

Vegetable Beef Soup

3 pounds beef shank crosscuts
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (10 oz.) package frozen whole kernel co
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
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 had kept my ...more
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. ...more
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
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
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.
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!
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. ...more
Heather Key
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
I received this cookbook as a present in the early '80s. I still have the book despite moving many times. All the recipes required are here; everything from soups. sauces, gravies, desserts and main dishes.

Truly a classic cookbook.
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. ...more
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.
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. ...more
Otto Testla
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Great book
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Was a wedding gift. Great book with wonderful helpful tips and recipes.
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.
the habit of cooking will be good. after trying these recipes, my habit becomes passion,...
Emi Yoshida
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the glossy photos, but prefer the recipes in the older version.
Dawn Michelle
My aunt got this book when she got married in 1992. When she died in 1994, my Uncle gave me all her cookbooks. I was finally able to read them one day and this one was my favorite - it was shoved full of notes and other recipes and grocery lists and notes on the recipes in the book - all written by her. I spent days crying over this cook book and it is one of my most treasured possessions. I loved making the recipes she made notes on and realizing, she was always right in the substitutions, addi ...more
Rhonda Brown
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Best buy for a beginning cook/chef. It has explanations in it that celebrity chef books are not contained. Before buying a cookbook, thumb through a read a few recipes, if you are unfamiliar with terms and techniques, shelf it. Find a good cookbook that works for you.
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