PDXGuy77, October 30, 2011 (view all comments by PDXGuy77)
Before Julia and Martha, there was Betty. Betty Crocker's "Big Red" Cookbook is a staple in our house and has taught my family and friends the basics of cooking for years. The recipes are updated and current, making it easy to personalize and improvize on every recipe. From making bread, pies, cookies & cakes, to stuffed pork chops, Chili & Stews, to a vegetarian chapter - it really has a little of everything. A great basic cookbook with really smart tips and tricks!
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JCBunnell, March 28, 2009 (view all comments by JCBunnell)
For sheer all-around usefulness, you can't beat Betty Crocker. I literally wore out an older edition of this cookbook, and quickly found when shopping for a replacement that nothing else matches the range of recipes and clarity of presentation offered in this edition. There are many helpful new charts, tips, and photos; I've kept a few pages from the old binder, but I've learned more than I expected from the new material. Gourmets and foodies may look to trendier writers, but for everyday family cooking, there's no better basic cookbook than this.
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The beloved, bestselliing cookbook, now in its tenth edition, contains more than 1,000 easy-to-follow recipes and creative cooking ideas, including more than 400 recipe variations, along with a beautiful new design with 300 color photos and 55 illustrations.
Betty Crocker Cookbook, 10th edition, is the definitive new edition of a beloved classic cookbook. As the cookbook considered most timeless by readers (from 2/2003 Brand Monitor research comparing general cookbooks including Better Homes and Joy), this revision keeps the attributes that have made it a favorite for generations, namely reliability, great-tasting recipes and ease of understanding. Improvements to this edition include updating the design, recipe selection and cooking information to make it as accessible as possible to a new generation of home cooks. The result is a mix of recipe classics with other recipes that focus on health, speed, ease and popular cooking methods such as slow cookers, as well as new presentation of essential cooking information, to reflect the way we cook today.
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