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Old 10-11-2006, 11:09 AM   #11
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Claire nailed it. I suggest pre-ordering the new Joy on Amazon -- excellent price. The last edition of Joy, which I have, has its fans but also many detractors. Seems that this soon-to-be-released edition gets back to Joy's roots.

That said, GH has its pluses. Perhaps you could find a good but very inexpensive used copy online.

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Old 10-11-2006, 11:26 AM   #12
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Joy of Cooking all the way

I have been cooking professionally for many years and I recommend the Joy of Cooking to people/foodies who already have a grasp on techniques. you won't find it in restaurant kitchen, but I would be suprised if at least half of the Chefs don't have a copy in their office.
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:49 PM   #13
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I purchased my copy of the joy of cooking when I was 15 yrs old. I lost it around the time that my mom passed in 1981. Two years later, I was at my sister cookie's place and spotted it on her bookshelf. I was very happy to reclaim it. I have Joy and the first New Joy. I also have a couple of copies of GH. I have always love Joy best. I learned to cook so many great foods because I studied it like a bible. It will always be my favorite.

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Old 11-14-2006, 07:56 PM   #14
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I bought the hard cover version of the book from a used book store last winter, but I don't know what edition it is. It came in its own sleeve.
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:24 PM   #15
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These two books have been in my parents home forever, they are editions dating back in the 70s. I was leafing through them and found them to be really good books, now I would like to buy a current edition to add to my collection and wanted some input as to your comparison of these two - particularly if you have cooked out of these recipes.... as right now, I can only purchase one. Thanks.
The new JOy--hands down. It is only $16 at Costco.
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:55 PM   #16
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If you don't like chicken fried steak, then I don't like you.
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:19 PM   #17
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Joy of Cooking is my kitchen bible. I was sooo happy to see the family put out a revised, updated, revisited, reworked 75th edition. It was the only thing on my Christmas list this year.
I developed a little test to judge a good cook book that makes any such claims such as, "The Only Cook Book You'll Ever Need". I look up saurkraut and if the recipe begins with; "open a can of saurkraut and..." I close the book.
Funnily enough, the recipe in my prized 75th edition of Joy for saurkraut, on page 256 advises to either use "store bought" or use the recipe for fresh on page 256. It's a circular reference to itself. It should point the reader to page 954 where the actual recipe for fresh saurkraut begins with "take a head of cabbage..."

Don't get me wrong, I've never made fresh saurkraut in my life, but I like it, and just may try to make it some day. I just find it heartening to know that there really IS a reliable compendium of all kinds of techniques and information on the subject of cooking. Way more than the best manual ever, it also informs, provides anecdotal histories, recommendations for entertaining, and even what to do when all else fails.
My favorite quoted quote refers to ham or pork items; "The pig is never as revered in life as it is in death." I just love that.

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