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Old 09-16-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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I am in need of a new cookbook...or two LOL! I have my standby's but I really would like something new and really don't know where to start. I was going to go with Pioneer Woman's new one, reviews??

What is your favorite cookbook?

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Re: Fav Cookbook?

Anything by Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen. What type of recipes are you looking for, and I can help narrow it down?
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Simple No fancy ingredients ykwim? We like soups, stews, casseroles etc. Crock pot maybe? I should use mine more but get tired if the couple recipes I do have for it.
I guess I'm mainly looking for main dish cookbooks, not really desserts, cookies, etc.

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Pioneer Woman!! Recipes easy enough for a mommy of 3 little ones to make, and no ingredients from far away places and things you can't pronounce
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Pioneer Woman!! Recipes easy enough for a mommy of 3 little ones to make, and no ingredients from far away places and things you can't pronounce
Sounds like exactly what I'm looking for!
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Re: Fav Cookbook?

The Best Make-Ahead Recipe by Cook's Illustrated is good- it has all categories of food. I haven't tried this one, but they also have a " The Best 30-Minute Recipe" cookbook. Another to check out is " The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook". It's a simpler format than the other books, and has more pictures.
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Of the million cookbooks I've owned, I always go back to the basic Betty Crocker book. My favorite thing about it is the charts. There's charts for how much water to use with different rices, best methods for cooking different veggies, etc. I've given copies to several people for their first homes.
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The Joy of Cooking is my go-to book. It has everything, plus information about the various ingredients we use. I also subscribe to Cooks Illustrated online.

But if I want the straight recipe, easy to use and tried and true, I DON'T go to allrecipes.com; I go to Joy of Cooking.
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But if I want the straight recipe, easy to use and tried and true, I DON'T go to allrecipes.com; I go to Joy of Cooking.
Yup. The only thing I use allrecipes for is inspiration. If I know I want to use a particular ingredient, I might search it on allrecipes just to spark my creativity. Most of the time, I just read the titles and don't even read the actual recipes. I constantly have friends calling me saying "I made such-and-such from allrecipes and it didn't turn out. What happened?"

Epicurious.com is wonderful and they have a great iPad app.
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The Joy of Cooking is my go-to book. It has everything, plus information about the various ingredients we use. I also subscribe to Cooks Illustrated online.

But if I want the straight recipe, easy to use and tried and true, I DON'T go to allrecipes.com; I go to Joy of Cooking.
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Yup. The only thing I use allrecipes for is inspiration. If I know I want to use a particular ingredient, I might search it on allrecipes just to spark my creativity. Most of the time, I just read the titles and don't even read the actual recipes. I constantly have friends calling me saying "I made such-and-such from allrecipes and it didn't turn out. What happened?"

Epicurious.com is wonderful and they have a great iPad app.
I find it interesting the different preferences. I bought The Joy of Cooking brand new. I didn't like it and gave it away. I love allrecipes. Whatever I have in my house I can usually find something to make with it. What I particularly lilke are the reviews. I am not very good at following a recipe exactly. I make substitutions and adjustments for availability, allergies, and preferences in food. I like that I can read what others have done to change the recipes up a bit.

For general all around cooking I prefer the older 1940's-1950's or earlier cookbooks as they tend to use fewer pre made items such as canned soups. For a newer all around cookbook I like Goodhouskeeping cookbook and Bettycrocker cookbook.

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