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Old 08-02-2011, 03:54 AM   #1
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ISO a good cooking book to begin with

I've just started to grow an interest in serious cooking!

Anybody has a good cooking book to start with?

Thank you!

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Old 08-02-2011, 04:49 AM   #2
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The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook has always been a gift to new cooks in my family. It's not fancy, but serves as a basic go-to for everyone that I know.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:54 AM   #3
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I am a big fan of Marion Cunningham for American home style cooking. Her book learning to cook with Marion is a good basic book. She also edited the Fanny Farmer cookbook which is great as an everyday reference, mine is a paperback that is held together with rubber bands and tape because it has been used so much. She has written many others and they are all cozy comfort food type cookbooks. Check online I am sure you can find them used for a small price.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:25 AM   #4
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Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything"
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:40 AM   #5
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Joy of cooking

Essentials of Cooking (Petersen)

Ruhlman's Twenty
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:14 PM   #6
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Joy of Cooking was also my first cookbook. I found the recipes not only accurate, but informative. I learned a lot from that book. It's literally falling apart as it's quite old now.

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Old 08-02-2011, 06:33 PM   #7
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The Fanny Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Every standard American meal you've ever wanted to make is in there!
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:44 PM   #8
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I started with Betty Crocker. Easy to follow recipes.

I made my first Thanksgiving dinner using these recipes and everything came out perfect.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:01 PM   #9
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All of the above. Also, any church or organization cookbook.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:30 AM   #10
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The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook has always been a gift to new cooks in my family. It's not fancy, but serves as a basic go-to for everyone that I know.
I agree. It was one of the first one's I owned and I still go back to it for recipes.

If you can find it their Cookie Book is a great one too.
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