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Old 07-13-2009, 08:50 AM   #11
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The Silver Spoon. Some of the recipes are not that fantastic, to be honest, but there's a whole heap of stuff in it, with good techniques, diagrams and basics.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:38 PM   #12
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Better Homes and Gardens, it's my go to for the basics. Otherwise I check the web for recipes, usually picking up to 6 and then rewriting my own after reviewing what ingredients I want to use. Have had fantastic luck with this method.

It's my way of playing with my food.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:41 PM   #13
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which one did you use the most?
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:43 PM   #14
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I think we had a thread like this recently but my choice would definitely be the Betty Crocker. I am on my third copy. Got my first in pocket book form from my Mom when I was 12 and I still have it.....all three pieces! My second one went with MY divorce and my third is the latest red book version. I still use it as reference and for basic recipes both at home and in my work.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:56 PM   #15
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From one who is also divorced and was riped off by an angry wife - get the Betty Crocker. Your collection will eventually grow, but this one will cover every basic thing you need to know.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:57 PM   #16
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Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything. You can't miss with this one.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:30 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone. You might be glad to know I did NOT give up my cast iron cookware. I gave her an expensive camera in exchange for cookware she never used, but wanted anyway. Actually, she did use one once. To melt marshmallows...
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:59 AM   #18
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Would probably go with Joy of Cooking. I like the old Prudence Penny Regional Cookbook too.....
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:33 AM   #19
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E-Z Chef's Collection of 1 Million recipes............. it's an exaggeration, as there are only about 200,000 recipes and a lot are repeated under different categories, but still, 200,000 recipes, about half are gleaned from those put-together church and civic club collections......It's on Cd-Rom so its handy and has an easy search engine ............ get it where you buy e-books.

Otherwise, either of the Betty editions or Joy........
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:02 AM   #20
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ORC - There is no question in my mind. The pretty pictures in cookbooks are all nice and stuff, but I'd only want one cook book with me after WWIII. That would be the "Joy of Cooking". Pictures are lacking, but there are plenty of illustrations, and tons of information you could have only gotten through grandma otherwise. Thumb though a copy at the book store if you doubt me :-)

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