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Bert62
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Date: 2/7/11 0:56 AM

Hi. I've been getting rid of clutter. I had sooooo many cookbooks out on my kitchen shelf. Honestly though, I only consult a few of them. I am by no means a great chef. I'm a plain and simple guy. If it's overwrought, it's a waste of my time. My only exception would be that someday I would like to try some of Julia Child's old recipes. Otherwise, I love my Betty Crocker cookbook. It hasn't failed me yet. Would you care to chime in and let me know what some of your faves are? Thanks, Bert

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Date: 2/7/11 1:32 AM

I love all of my Cooks Illustrated publications, although the most comprehensive one will probably be the "New Best Recipe" book. There is a lot of information in this book, some recipes are a little more involved than others.

The America's Test Kitchen Country Cookbook (same company) feels like a pared down version of the New Best Recipe book. If you want to understand the why and how they arrived at the recipes, get the New Best Recipe book. Otherwise the Country Cookbook is more than adequate.

The major complaint on publications from CI is the overlapping/redundancy of recipes within the series of books. I have been making lots of things from them over the past few years and have had only one flop. They are my go-to cooking source!

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Date: 2/7/11 3:20 AM

Another one here for America's Test Kitchen.

LOL. My son calls it "America's Test Chicken" as, you may have guessed, I cook a lot of chicken.

We have ATK's Family Cookbook and Family Baking Book. I also have Cook's The Best Cover & Bake Recipes. Casseroles, yum.

I also like Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Very nice, simple family recipes.

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Date: 2/7/11 4:42 AM

I like old Good Housekeeping (British) cookbooks. I also like technique or gadget-specific cookbooks eg. Using a pressure cooker or a slow cooker or stir frying.
I particularly liked my old secondhand battered copy of Laurel's Kitchen. Unfortunately it seems to have disappeared!!

ETA
how could I have failed to mention...???
Delia Smith - brilliant, so clear, so informative and so tasty!!
any of her books or her online website.


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Date: 2/7/11 6:07 AM

Like a lot of people, I have a collection of cookbooks. My favorites are regional because I like using local fresh produce and these recipes are most likely to include it. When I married, my mother gave me a half size loose leaf notebook with her favorite recipes typed onto the pages. It included lots of heirloom recipes like "Granny's muffins". Recipes I collected over decades have been added. When my daughter married a year ago, I typed many of those recipes and others that had become a part of our food traditions into my computer. I printed out one copy, put the pages in a loose leaf notebook, and gave her a CD of it. I've since sent copies of the CD to several family members who wanted a copy too. My advice is to gather the recipes you really like, and make your own cookbook.

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Date: 2/7/11 7:21 AM

America's Test Kitchen it is! We have the Best and the Best Light. Everything comes out perfect. No kidding. Everything.

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Date: 2/7/11 7:46 AM

I have a favorite cookbook, a local one from a church. Different members of the family contributed several dozen of our favorite recipes, which are all included in it. It's nice to go to one place for our favorites. This week my mother just gave me her copies of The Art of French Cooking Volumes I and II, so I need to start looking at those.
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Date: 2/7/11 8:08 AM

I like cookbooks put out by regional/local Junior Leagues. While I have found some bloopers in them, for the most part the recipes are good. Those gals want to put their best food forward!
Similar to MBMc, I have a small loose-leaf binder where I keep recipes we like. Included in that is an index of recipes -- 'banana muffins: see page xx Betty Crocker'
And, I write in my cookbooks! Notes of additions/deletions I've made. Changes in cooking time, etc. I've even been known to 'X' out an entire page! My sister was scandalized when she saw this, but I think it just makes sense. Anybody else?

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Date: 2/7/11 8:26 AM

If you want a good, basic but comprehensive cookbook I'd recommend The Joy of Cooking. It's been around a million years and I learned how to cook from it. It not only has every classic receipe you'll ever need, it gives you a lot of useful information on classic cooking techniques.

That being said - I LOVE the America's Test Kitchen shows on PBS and have wanted to get their cookbooks!

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Date: 2/7/11 9:02 AM

I'm another of the America's Test Kitchens and Cooks Illustrated Fans. As a matter of fact, just decided this morning to take a look for a cook ahead chicken recipe that I can make and have a few times this week. We have a half dozen of their cookbooks (have gotten rid of dozens of other cookbooks with one or two recipes that I used) and now have an annual web subscription. These are the recipes I am most asked to share with other cooks. They are also so specific that my husband has discovered cooking since they always turn out terrific, a real ego boost for him....and timesaver for me!

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