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Featuring over 1200 recipes--600 of them brand new--the
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book has been newly revised and
updated, making American's favorite cookbook even more indispensable
than ever. This Eleventh Edition is written specifically for the today's
health-conscious cooks who are leading hectic and busy lives. With menu
planning, cooking tips on low-fat and no-fat meals, and a guide to
cooking terms, techniques and helpful hints from the Better Homes and
Gardens Test Kitchen, this is a sourcebook for all who find themselves
in the kitchen. The New Cook Book covers everything from cooking
basics to canning and freezing, breads and cakes to fish and shellfish,
and meat and poultry to soups and stews. There are recipes for sauces
and relishes, and sumptuous cookies and desserts. In addition there is a
new chapters on Beans, Rice and Grains and a special chapter on
Grilling.
Many of the recipes are designed for cooks on the go
and preparation and cooking times are included for each recipe.
Moreover, nutritional information is given for each recipes, and those
low fat and no fat recipes are highlighted.
For generations,
novices and experienced cooks alike have relied on the Better Homes
and Gardens New Cook Book
for recipes that combine excellent flavor,
ease of preparation, and balanced nutrition. Now completely revised and
updated, America's bestselling cookbook promises to continue that
tradition,

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5

September 21, 2014

Classic, indispensable, and perfect for beginners
I have had an older edition of this cookbook for over 15 years, and it never disappoints. I own other general cookbooks, Betty Crocker and Joy of Cooking, but I have found the recipes in this book to be the best. One feature of the new edition is something in every section called "Make it Mine" where the book gives a standard recipe that can have many variations and then gives you options to "make it yours". An example is the recipe for burgers in the meat section which gives examples of different seasonings you can use to make your burgers different. In the cookies section the Make it Mine section talks about different fats you can use. Each section has handy tips like how to purchase a cookie sheet and which types work best for the best turnout. I love the spiral-bound format since it lays flat on the counter. You can also add or remove pages. There is a new section called Holiday Favorites with lots of yummy-looking recipes like Red Velvet Cake, Dulce de Leche-Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie, and Homemade Checkerboard Rolls. I think a lot of these recipes may have been in the older edition, but they were not sectioned off by themselves. It basically gives every recipe you'd ever need to prepare a traditional holiday meal, complete with dessert. The nutrition information, which was also included in my older version, is always helpful.

Overall this book is a fantastic guide, and I recommend it to experienced cooks and beginners alike.
5

April 23, 2012

Tried & True
If you want to learn how to cook basics from scratch - this is the cookbook for you. Recipes that are Fast or Easy are labeled as such. The 10th edition was printed in 1989 - I've had it since then and it is the one cookbook that I return to over and over again for basic, unadulterated, real, down-home goodness recipes. Not that it doesn't have the occasional short-cut recipe for those who like things fast and simple, but most recipes teach you how to cook from scratch (many of which are fast and simple). I've cooked my family many a meal from these recipes - some of which I modify for my own tastes. I'll never forget the Christmas I told my mother-in-law that I would bring a pie for dessert, only to realize I totally forgot to pick one up at the store beforehand. With no stores open on Christmas, I looked up the recipe for apple pie because I had plenty of apples on hand - I also had sugar, flour, salt, spices, butter and water - and I baked the most awesome apple pie!! I love the 3-ring binder - it lays flat when I'm trying to read the ingredients and mix a recipe at the same time. My cousin likes mine so much she wanted one of her own - I read reviews of the newest 15th edition which complained of too much processed food ingredients. I can't verify that, but she decided she wanted the 10th edition like mine - so I ordered her one.
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January 14, 2017

what happened to some of the old recipe's
My old 1980's edition was getting very threadbare, pages coming loose, so ordered this new one. It does have a LOT more recipe's. Problem I have is that at least 6 of my mainstay recipe's have been changed, several others are not even in this book. Like waffles using beaten egg whites, baking powder biscuits without buttermilk. Printing is much smaller than my old book, so much more concentration is necessary with my 77+ year old eyes. Every recipe I tried in the old book worked as written. Comparing the old recipe's to the new ones, they have changes in the amounts of ingredients, probably not to much difference in results, but when on gets good results, why change to something different. I would guess I will feel better as I continue using it...just wish they had kept my recipe's in the new book. The old one was my cooks bible...we'll see about the new one. One other complaint...it appears that the paper the recipe's are on is a much lighter weight paper, and I'll bet they tear out very easily...but they had to go to thinner paper to get that many pages inside the covers.
4

Jul 26, 2012

Hands down, my most-used cookbook. It was the first cookbook I bought when I got my first apartment. I was poor and opted for the mass-market paperback version and over the past 30 years it has disintegrated. I recently decided to replace it with a fancy, shiny new spiral bound copy. It looks pretty and it's okay but in my opinion, it's not as good as my old one. Many of my favorite recipes are missing so it sits on the shelf. I take down my battered old faithful, held together with packing tape Hands down, my most-used cookbook. It was the first cookbook I bought when I got my first apartment. I was poor and opted for the mass-market paperback version and over the past 30 years it has disintegrated. I recently decided to replace it with a fancy, shiny new spiral bound copy. It looks pretty and it's okay but in my opinion, it's not as good as my old one. Many of my favorite recipes are missing so it sits on the shelf. I take down my battered old faithful, held together with packing tape and a rubber band, and find the recipe I need. A classic! ...more
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November 20, 2018

Worthless
I bought a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook in 1970 when I was a young person on my own. It was wonderful, filled with great and easy to make recipes. I foolishly gave it away a few years ago and tried to replace it with this cookbook, hoping to find some of the terrific recipes that the old version had. This cookbook is filled with pictures and useless information. I experienced sensory overload trying to use it. The book looks nice on my shelf but is useless to me. Chorizo-Chicken Burgers? Chile-Lime Turkey Patties? The old cookbook had real food.

Come on, BH & G. Most people don't even cook at home anymore. Why didn't you just republish your great cookbook?
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July 5, 2015

Beware: Many of your favorite old recipes have been changed!
To be fair, I certainly have not perused this entire cookbook yet. My circa-2000 version was falling apart, so I thought I'd replace it. Tragically, the handful of recipes I've used are much different than my old book's. For example, the basic banana bread recipe I've used for 15 years has been changed to one that involves first roasting the bananas, then peeling them, etc etc, making it much more complicated. I pulled several recipes from my old book before tossing it, once I realized how different this version is. Visually, however, it is very nice and updated.
5

Jan 29, 2008

Best cookbook for beginners. It has all the classic instructions and recipes that a new cook needs. A MUST have in any kitchen. The 3-ring binder version is by far the best.
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Nov 18, 2010

I have finally decided to get rid of this book. For the last month I've been using it to hold down the lid of my dog's dry food container so she won't get into it because the latch is broken. I kept wanting this to be a good, useful go-to book like our old Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook that we've had all my life (and that got used so much it's completely falling apart), but everytime I try to use this book I'm disappointed. It's got good ideas, but the recipes are NOT good imo. So I have finally decided to get rid of this book. For the last month I've been using it to hold down the lid of my dog's dry food container so she won't get into it because the latch is broken. I kept wanting this to be a good, useful go-to book like our old Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook that we've had all my life (and that got used so much it's completely falling apart), but everytime I try to use this book I'm disappointed. It's got good ideas, but the recipes are NOT good imo. So finally, I'm tossing it, or more likely donating it to the Friend's of the Library. ...more
5

Jan 12, 2014

Yep, this is the thoroughly stained, bent-cornered, beloved classic that my mother-in-law provided me with the first year of marriage. Thanks mom <3
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Apr 11, 2012

I've found the majority of recipes in this new edition bland and flavorless, totally unlike my mom's edition from the late 60's. The low-fat, low-salt movement has taken its toll on this classic kitchen staple.

For what it's worth, I cook with as little salt as I can get away with, but when you don't put any salt at all into a pie crust - eww.

My suggestion is to search Goodwill or second-hand book stores for one of those earlier editions. You can always adjust the ingredients to suit a special I've found the majority of recipes in this new edition bland and flavorless, totally unlike my mom's edition from the late 60's. The low-fat, low-salt movement has taken its toll on this classic kitchen staple.

For what it's worth, I cook with as little salt as I can get away with, but when you don't put any salt at all into a pie crust - eww.

My suggestion is to search Goodwill or second-hand book stores for one of those earlier editions. You can always adjust the ingredients to suit a special diet.

Also - whatever happened to the ingredient substitutions list that was in the back cover? ...more
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Nov 05, 2016

I was going to purchase this cookbook for my son last year for his birthday, because my copy has our family favourite "Hot Milk Sponge Cake" recipe in it, a classic that Better Homes has had in its index since it began. To my surprise, I discovered that the recipe no longer was carried, since 2008! Pity, since it is super easy, can be doubled and is a moist and lovely cake better than any boxed mix. Cookbooks may try to revise to keep up with the times, but editor judgement isn't necessarily a I was going to purchase this cookbook for my son last year for his birthday, because my copy has our family favourite "Hot Milk Sponge Cake" recipe in it, a classic that Better Homes has had in its index since it began. To my surprise, I discovered that the recipe no longer was carried, since 2008! Pity, since it is super easy, can be doubled and is a moist and lovely cake better than any boxed mix. Cookbooks may try to revise to keep up with the times, but editor judgement isn't necessarily a good cook. ...more
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Oct 31, 2007

I don't know if perhaps it's me, but I there are a number of recipes in this book that I have had to tweak to make *ahem* BETTER. I am not a chef, but I do consider myself an amateur foodie of sorts. I had to adjust the muffin recipe (maybe I am just used to the super fabulousness of Gingerbread Muffin Company muffins, but anyways...), I had to work on the pizza dough recipe to get it to rise just so and become the correct consistency of pizza dough and not so crunchy at it kept turning out with I don't know if perhaps it's me, but I there are a number of recipes in this book that I have had to tweak to make *ahem* BETTER. I am not a chef, but I do consider myself an amateur foodie of sorts. I had to adjust the muffin recipe (maybe I am just used to the super fabulousness of Gingerbread Muffin Company muffins, but anyways...), I had to work on the pizza dough recipe to get it to rise just so and become the correct consistency of pizza dough and not so crunchy at it kept turning out with their recipe...among other things. All in all, it is a good cook book and it has tons of hints and great recipes. The cinnamon buns are wonderful! ...more
3

May 23, 2017

I have had multiple copies of this book over the years, occasionally changing editions for updated recipes. It has always been a favorite.
5

January 1, 2016

This cookbook is a MUST
This is a GREAT cookbook. It is an ideal cookbook for beginners because it has a lot of information not JUST recipes. There is a whole section titled "Cooking Basics". In each section there are tips and techniques. There are tons of recipes and a wide variety of sections. You get: Cookies Basics, Appetizers and Drinks, Beans, Rice, & Grains, Breads, Breakfasts & Brunches, Cakes & Frostings, Candies, Canning & Freezing, Casseroles, Cookies & Bars, Desserts, Fish & Shellfish, Grilling, Holiday Favorites, Meat, Pasta, Pies & tarts, Poultry, Salads & Dressings, Sandwiches & pizza, Sauces & Condiments, Slow Cooker Recipes, Soups & Stews, and Vegetables & Fruits!
If you are looking to learn more about cooking or simply just want a cookbook packed with a variety of recipes, you will NOT be disappointed!!
5

Apr 19, 2008

I think My Mom gave me this one as a graduation present. It's not quite as good as having her in the kitchen with me, but the recipes remind me of childhood: 3-bean salad, cowboy coffee cake, corn chowder, snickerdoodles, spanish rice and all the candy and canning recipes My Mom has a knack for and I usually don't have the guts to try on my own.

I love how they keep coming out with new versions of the "New Cookbook" and this version is extra special because of the section with "All-Time I think My Mom gave me this one as a graduation present. It's not quite as good as having her in the kitchen with me, but the recipes remind me of childhood: 3-bean salad, cowboy coffee cake, corn chowder, snickerdoodles, spanish rice and all the candy and canning recipes My Mom has a knack for and I usually don't have the guts to try on my own.

I love how they keep coming out with new versions of the "New Cookbook" and this version is extra special because of the section with "All-Time Favorites". It's like looking through some of My Mom's old editions.

The thing about the book is that all the things it's really good to know are in there from how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon (3) to what to substitute if your recipe calls for baking powder and you happen to be out.

The recipes are tried-and-true "American Food" and if you make one for a potluck it will get eaten. Especially "Black Beans and Corn with Salsa Dressing." ...more
4

Oct 02, 2007

This is my go to book for baking, it has the best recipes for peanut butter cookies, ginger snaps, and fruit crisps. It also is a great cook book to have if you don't want to have 10 cook books (like I do) and it has enough of a variety to be your "only" cookbook, as these are tried and true recipes. The one downfall is that it doesn't have many ethnic or alternative (non-meat) recipes, so you'll have to go elsewhere for that.
5

May 22, 2016

The best cookbook ever!
I bought this one for my daughter-in-law since my son and her love the canned salsa recipe.
I was gifted this cookbook new almost 20 years ago. I have used many recipes from it and have not been disappointed in any of them. I recently ordered a newer edition that came in a plastic binder since mine has fallen apart from repeated use over the past several years. I still go back to this one even if it is stained up and falling apart. It has recipes the newer edition does not have. I love the canned salsa, the zucchini bread, several of the cookie recipes, the pie crust, the biscuits etc. I always get compliments (and requests) for the salsa and pies I make using this cookbook. I have other cookbooks but seldom use them this gives me all the recipes I need.
Recipes are easy to find since the book is divided into sections, plus it has an index and table on contents that help you find exactly what you are looking for.
3

Jan 13, 2013

This cookbook is excellent for a beginner cook. It explains the basics. I also have to admit that I love my 1970 edition better than the newer version.
These recipes remind you of good times spent with family and friends. For me they were the beginning of cooking on my own. I now have many cookbooks and have evolved in my culinary skills. Just like fashion in clothes, fashion in food evolves constantly. But it's nice to hang on to our roots. I still refer to the Better Homes and Gardens Cook This cookbook is excellent for a beginner cook. It explains the basics. I also have to admit that I love my 1970 edition better than the newer version.
These recipes remind you of good times spent with family and friends. For me they were the beginning of cooking on my own. I now have many cookbooks and have evolved in my culinary skills. Just like fashion in clothes, fashion in food evolves constantly. But it's nice to hang on to our roots. I still refer to the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book for weights and measures and how many cups are in 4 ounces for example and thermometer readings for meats and many other inquiries I may have. ...more
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Dec 13, 2012

I had a Better Homes & Gardens cookbook for about 35 years and it was stained & dog eared and my bible for roasting meats & poultry. I finally decided to treat myself to a brand new edition. So I went out and bought a new copy and tossed old faithful away. BIG MISTAKE! The new book didn't have my old favorite recipes and to add insult to injury, the cover's rivets promptly fell out and the whole thing fell apart. I just wanted a nice clean copy of my old friend and now I just wish I I had a Better Homes & Gardens cookbook for about 35 years and it was stained & dog eared and my bible for roasting meats & poultry. I finally decided to treat myself to a brand new edition. So I went out and bought a new copy and tossed old faithful away. BIG MISTAKE! The new book didn't have my old favorite recipes and to add insult to injury, the cover's rivets promptly fell out and the whole thing fell apart. I just wanted a nice clean copy of my old friend and now I just wish I had kept my messy one (who's cover was still solidly attached) . ...more
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Jun 10, 2010

This was my mom’s go-to cookbook when I was growing up. From it, I baked all of my first pies and quick breads when I was learning to cook as a young adult. It has some useful references (like how long to cook meat, measuring conversions, etc.). While I don’t cook these recipes all that frequently now, my cookbook collection wouldn’t feel complete without the trademark white and red checkered cover.
2

Nov 05, 2015

Most of the recipies are fine, but a few times I've tried to make a breakfast dish and the oven temperature or baking time is WAY off, enough so that I got frustrated continuing to buy ingredients and make things for my family from this book that I let my golden retriever shred it.
5

Mar 24, 2008

My most used cookbook, EVER. Though the recipes are simple, pretty much anything I can think of to cook or bake is in there. I recently had to buy a new copy since my first one was literally falling apart!
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June 7, 2018

it arrived damaged
im disappointed it came damaged.
2

Mar 21, 2015

I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13243166
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June 27, 2017

If I could only have one cookbook...
Great cookbook! I wish I had gotten it much sooner...Say, as soon as I first started cooking. It has many many recipes, including all of the basics. There are also guides to cooking techniques. If you spend some time with this cookbook you can lay a strong foundation for your cooking knowledge and skills.

The recipes are easy to follow, and range from very basic to more involved. I like that it gives accurate time estimates for preparation. It has everything from French toast, hummus, casseroles, pasta dishes, and sides, to desserts and baked goods.

I deducted a star because the cookbook could be organized better. I also think in this modern era, they could do a little more to cater to those with dietary restrictions or special diets. For example, symbols for GF or low calorie recipes or recommendations for substitutions. I'm not saying do away with all the goodies, but have some good options for feeding guests with different needs. They could even just add a page with a few recommended recipes and page numbers for special diets.

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