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Old 09-05-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Advice on Cookbook to buy [beginner]

Is there any good cookbooks for with detailed recipes/instructions and pcitures of end prouct.

Something maybe for beginner/intermediate and maybe even some advanced..as I progress.


PDfs or Hardcopys will do.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC! I'd take a look around at various cooking blogs. So many of them are very well-written and the good ones have photos and videos showing various stages of the prep. Manu's Menu and Herbivoracious are two of my very favorites. Cook's Illustrated is also chock-full of great tips and their recipes are pretty well developed--I'd say it's great for anyone beginning or advanced.
Over the past few years I've gotten away from cookbooks and moved to following blogs, which tend to keep up with trends and offer new techniques.

That said, if you buy any cookbook, I'd highly recommend starting off with McGee's On Food and Cooking. No cook should be without it, in my opinion.

Good luck. I'm sure more than a handful of cookbook recommendations will flood into this thread as well. Lots of good advice on this forum.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #3
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Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook is a good basic one. It is available new or used all over the net, give it a google!
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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I loved my first cookbook, Betty Crocker. It had all the basics and great directions. I made my first Thanksgiving dinner using the recipes. Dinner was perfect.

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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The very first cookbook to provide accurate measurements, The Fannie Farmer 1896 Boston Cooking School cookbook, in a recent update by Marion Cunningham (No, not Richie and Joanie's mother!) is perfect for beginners. Not only are the ingredients everyday items and the instructions easy to follow, but you most likely have actually heard of the food the recipes allow you to prepare, and anything your mother or grandmother cooked for you is probably in there.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:58 PM   #6
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Cooks Illustrated or one of the Americas Test Kitchen cookbooks. They are great because they tell you WHY their recipes are working. Its great for learning to cook because it teaches you how ingredients work together.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:33 PM   #7
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Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook is great for beginners.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:25 AM   #8
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Mark Bittmans "How to Cook Everything" is the best out there because it has tons of doable recipes but explains technique as well. Beginners obviously need both and it helps also as you move up in skill.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:28 PM   #9
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Mark Bittmans "How to Cook Everything" is the best out there because it has tons of doable recipes but explains technique as well. Beginners obviously need both and it helps also as you move up in skill.
There's also an app for that! Really good step-by-step.

And another vote for BH&G.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #10
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Why limit yourself to just one. Visit your local public library.
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