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Old 07-12-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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If you only had one cookbook...

Getting divorced. Wife, who barely knew how to turn on the stove, decided all the cookbooks were hers. I'm not going to argue. So...if you only had one cookbook, what would it be? Betty Crocker? How To Cook Everything? Something else? Most of my cookbooks were from garage sales, or church and charity books where folks submit their recipes. Otherwise, I get recipes on the 'net...either this site or the many recipe sites. I'd just like to keep one basic book around for basic recipes and reference.


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Old 07-12-2009, 12:39 PM   #2
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I'm always going to James Beard's American Cookery for recipes/technique. Check out Friends of the Library used book sales, there are usually gems to be found there. Many communities have these, check at your local library.


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Old 07-12-2009, 01:49 PM   #3
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Farmer, Fannie Merritt. 1918. The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book

try this.
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:57 PM   #4
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My basic favorite, while not as inspiring as some of those mentioned, remains the red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens, because it has very very basic instructions for simple cooking techniques. The Joy of Cooking does the same, without pictures. But if I only had one, it would be BH&G. I usually rely on internet searches for recipes these days as well.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:24 PM   #5
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If it is only one then Joy Of Cooking.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:31 PM   #6
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:21 PM   #7
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Joy of Cooking
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:27 AM   #8
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Was given a betty crocker cookbook for a shower present 31 yrs ago and that is the only hard cover one i have left and use. Gave all mind to daughter and brothers & sisters. I found going to the internet is my cookbook for most things
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:17 AM   #9
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I'll be unoriginal and go with Joy. I'm assuming you aren't really young or a beginner in the cooking area. Joy has it all, is a good reference book. I own two of them.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:47 AM   #10
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Fannie Farmer. I bought Joy of Cooking software version and was not impressed.

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