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Old 11-09-2006, 12:25 PM   #1
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What is your "I-can't-live-without-this" cookbook?

I "accidentally" loaned my copy of the King Arthur Baker's Companion out to a friend (don't ask, long story)... and am heartbroken - I want my book back! *sob* She lives about 45 mins away, and it looks as though I won't get it back any time soon. DH is doing his best to console me. It's impossible. Makes me realize just how much I like that book!

I love baking, and have a number of books that I use a lot, but this one is my ultimate favorite. A gift from my Mom, that I refer to regularly. I have yet to make something out of this book that I don't like. The apple crumble and gingerbread pancake recipes are incredible!
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:48 PM   #2
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well, I don't really use cookbooks but I use the site allrecipes.com and have great luck and i love reading reviews so people can tell me what they changed about a recipe or what worked/didn't work. they have a few cookbooks I am thinking about getting....
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I got a Paula Deen set last christmas hat I love. I have never had a bad result!
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Old 11-09-2006, 01:38 PM   #4
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"How to Cook Without a Book" by Pam Anderson can make anyone great in the kitchen! it really TEACHES one how to cook, how to shop, i absolutely love it.

and i love my better homes and gardens red & white checkered cook book. you're pretty much guaranteed to find what you need.
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One of my all time faves is one my mom gave me for Christmas when I was still in college. It was a "neighborhood" cookbook. Basically a real cook book with recipes from everyone in their neighborhood and church.

It's so battered and beat up now, because I used it SO much. It's definitely one of my favorite recipe books, because they are REAL recipes, from people who really cook.

My other faves are anything by ATK (Americas Test Kitchen). I rotate through those by checking them out at the library, and copying what I want. But, I have my favorites on my Christmas list this year!
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Old 11-09-2006, 02:15 PM   #6
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I second the PamAnderson reccommendation! I LOVE her cookbooks - How to Cook Without a Book is good and The Perfect Recipe and Cook Smart (I think that's the name of the other one)

I have yet to make anything out of those books that didn't totally rock. I also really love how she details the process she uses to refine a recipe and make it the best it can be, they are really very interesting to read.
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:39 PM   #7
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My other faves are anything by ATK (Americas Test Kitchen). I rotate through those by checking them out at the library, and copying what I want. But, I have my favorites on my Christmas list this year!


I just made macaroni and cheese out of their Cover and Bake cookbook that is to-die-for good. Not at all gritty, like a lot of recipes. I too, check them out and copy.
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and i love my better homes and gardens red & white checkered cook book. you're pretty much guaranteed to find what you need.
ITA...this was the one cookbook that I didn't sell when we moved here. I knew I would need it! I was just getting into really cooking before we moved...I wish I had had more time to explore.
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The Moosewood Lodge Favorites
Betty Crocker for basics
Williams Sonoma -- Dessert--- has all the classics. Everything is good from choc. chip cookies to cheesecake to berry cobbler
Anything by Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa)

That was four. Four I can't live without though.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:39 AM   #10
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a neighbor of mine prints a family cookbook about every eight years and I wear them out!
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