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Old 11-09-2009, 05:36 AM   #31
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I like The Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredientscoz its simple and the easy to follow and im am a great admirer of Ina Garten.


also i loved
The Art of Mexican Cooking by Diana Kennedy for all my Mexican food preparations
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:17 PM   #32
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I recently purchased the "America's Test Kitchen Cookbook." Lots of helpful suggestions on food quality, preparation tips and lots of basic foods. I'm loving it and it become the first one I check when looking for a recipe.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:02 PM   #33
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Leith's Fish Bible.
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Old 11-21-2009, 02:31 PM   #34
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If I could have only one cookbook it would have to be "Joy of Cooking". I am recently divorced and have my kids every other week. The Ex does not cook for the kids very often. On my weeks it is very important to me to put a good home cooked meal on the table for them. Joy has been a tremendous helping hand. I still learn from it. I have Bittman, Betty Crocker, Better Homes, Good Eats... but I still find myself returning to Joy time and time again.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:29 AM   #35
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A great cook book for everything is The Better Homes and Gardens books..
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:31 PM   #36
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Any of the cookbooks from Cooks Illustrated.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:03 AM   #37
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Once referred to by Gordon Ramsey as The Bible, mine is "Reader's Digest: The Cookery Year", although I have no idea if it's still available - or available in the US. I've had my copy 25 years and it's still the first book I turn to.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:00 AM   #38
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"The Joy of Cooking" by Julia Child
Julia Child did NOT write "the Joy of Cooking." The original author was Irma Rombauer, but the current editions have multiple authors... different ones for each section.

I personally have never cared much for "Joy." When I'm gifting a beginner cook with good, basic material, I always choose Julia Child's "The Way to Cook," and my book, "Feastivals Cooks at Home."
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:43 PM   #39
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I would have to say it depends on how much and what type of food you cook. A good starter book is Betty Crocker one, and it has the basics and enough recipes to keep a person going for some time. However the Joy of Cooking has all that and then some. So get BC, then JOC.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:03 PM   #40
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I've not found many of the recipes overly inspiring but it always gives me a place to start. Assuming you don't need step by step instructions, I'd go with the Joy of Cooking.

If you have your basics of what you want to cook and would like to branch out a bit more, I also like The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices by Clevely, et all. The reason is that it gives recipes that highlight many of the herbs and spices, which gives ideas as to how to use them.

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