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Old 07-17-2007, 11:51 AM   #11
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My recommendation is the very first cookbook, which is the 1896 Boston Cooking-School CookbookbyFanny Merrit Farmer, only I'd go for the modern version, The Fanny Farmer Cokbook, editied by Marion Cunningham, which is available in both hard cover and paperback.
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:38 PM   #12
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Petersen: Essentials of Cooking and What's a Cook to do?, Child: Way to Cook , and The Joy of Cooking

Four basics for the kitchen and will teach you the skills you need
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:16 PM   #13
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Marginally Off Topic, but in the matter of Julia.... If you are a fan, you will love Nancy Verde Barr's new book, "Backstage with Julia." Nancy worked with Julia for years, producing her GMA segments and other demos and tv shoots. Her behind-the-scenes stories are heartwarming and delicious.
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:52 PM   #14
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Joy is a great cookbook. I've been buying every edition since I started cooking back in the early 80's. For a new cook a basic Better Homes & Gardens or Betty Crocker are great to have as well. Lots of pics which I think is very helpful when you are starting out.
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:17 PM   #15
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I’d suggest this book:

How to Cook Everything

It’s a great book and very thorough. You can think of it as a text book for cooks. It has 960 pages and covers everything from basic equipment and what to buy, through basic techniques such as knife skills, braising, boiling, sautéing, and of course, tons of recipes per category (beef, chicken, lamb, duck, pork, fish, bread, etc.). Basically, if it has to do with cooking, then it is in this book!

If you could only have one book, I’d suggest this one. I love it and have turned to it many times over the years.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:51 PM   #16
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have to agree with keltin. I knew how to cook before I bought this book, but it's got so much info presented in a laid-back style that I use it more often than I thought I would.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:14 PM   #17
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Betty Crocker for the very basics, Joy of Cooking for fancier stuff. I'd consider subscribing to a mag I cannot remember the name of ... Cooks? The one that is the companion to America's Test Kitchens. I like this because of its simplicity and explanations of why things work the way they do, and because they test various products to give you an idea of which products are worth the $$ and which are not.
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