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pdswife 12-01-2004 02:28 PM

Favorite Cook Book?
You've prbly talked about this before but, since so many of us are joining could you tell us about your favorite cookbook or about the one you use the most??

My favorite today ( it changes all the time) is the new Gourmet cook book. It has a million recipes that I want to try. A very nice varity of all kinds of foods.

But, the cook book that I use the most is Better Homes "The New Cook book" 10th edition. I've had it since 1995 and use it all the time. I'll be needing a new copy soon as the pages are starting to fall out. These recipes are all easy to understand and easy to prepare. Easy to follow too! Not that I ever follow them. I just use recipes for ideas and then add and subtracted as needed.

PA Baker 12-01-2004 02:36 PM

Two come to mind right away. The first is Baking Illustrated from the folks at Cooks Illustrated. It is a veritable tome of information! A bit cumbersome, in my opinion, for quick reference, but I couldn't do without it.

The other one that I love is Gale Gand's Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs. Great recipes, techniques, photos, tips, etc. A nice feature is that a beverage is recommended for each dessert. Great idea since it's something that is easily overlooked!

www.ecookbooks.com is a great place to by cookbooks. I've found that the have very good prices.

choclatechef 12-01-2004 02:39 PM

I prefer Julia Child's cookbooks over anything from Cook's Illustrated; but that is my preference.

Raine 12-01-2004 02:44 PM

Oh, we have way too many to pick just one.

Alix 12-01-2004 02:49 PM

All of the Best of Bridge. Couldn't live without them. They are an entertainers best friend.

chez suz 12-01-2004 02:51 PM

Although I tend to use the internet more and more for recipes and ideas..the 2 cookbooks I turn to most are The Silver Palate...I have 3 of them and Dean and Deluca by David Rosengarten. Do you remember him from the Food Network? His recipes just seem to work..

auntdot 12-01-2004 03:02 PM

Treasure the books by Julia and James Beard, but I suppose the one book that could not be pried away from me is Escoffier.

Paid less than ten dollars for it almost twenty years ago, and I still just love to read it.

pdswife 12-01-2004 03:03 PM

favorite Cook book
well, it looks like I'll have to run out and buy a few more for my collection. YIPPPPEEEEE! Thanks for the ideas.

mudbug 12-01-2004 03:08 PM

How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman has saved my butt numerous times.

MJ 12-01-2004 03:13 PM

CookWise by Shirley O. Corriher

DampCharcoal 12-01-2004 03:38 PM

Does a bartender's manual count? :wink:

luvs 12-01-2004 03:44 PM

this old, coverless, crumbling ancient one. and fanny farmer.

abjcooking 12-01-2004 04:16 PM

I don't hardly ever buy cookbooks for myself, but here are a few I have received as gifts that I really like.

Jack Daniel's Spirit of Tennessee Cookbook

Betty Crockers Best-Loved recipes

Good Friends Great Tastes

Have you Heard "A tasteful medley of Memphis"

mudbug 12-01-2004 04:35 PM

I will have to check that Memphis one out and see if I can surprise my Memphis MIL.

Leaf Storm 12-01-2004 04:58 PM

I have a set that consists of 25 to 30 slim magazine sized cookbooks. Each one covers a different country and has many tips and much information as well as recipes. I'm fond of those ones.

abjcooking 12-01-2004 05:07 PM

History of Memphis cookbook

To give you an idea, the cookbook is put out by Subsidium which is a non profit group that helps deaf children learn how to speak. My mother use to be president of the group several years ago. What happens is Subsidium goes out locally and asks everybody to donate their favorite recipe for their cookbook. All the money goes back to the children. I have found many recipes in their that I just love. Their easy and simple.

mudbug 12-01-2004 05:11 PM

Thanks, abj. Easy and simple works for me. I'm an easy and simple person.

choclatechef 12-02-2004 08:21 AM

I have equal love for these additional cookbooks as I do for Julia Child and Jacque Pepin -- but for mostly reading, not cooking.

For everyday cooking, I love -- Dori Sanders Country Cooking, Taste of Country Cooking and In Pursuit of Flavor both by Edna Lewis, and The Welcome Table by Jessica B. Harris.

LEFSElover 12-02-2004 09:49 AM

I don't think I have a favorite cookbook. I have over a thousand of them. Collecting has always been my passion. I know what I do have though. Favorite recipes from lot's of favorite cookbooks.

Otter 12-02-2004 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by mudbug
How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman has saved my butt numerous times.

Likewise on Mark Bittman, plus Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook and several in the Cook's Illustrated series.

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