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Best of the Basics

Every home cook needs at least one of these.

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Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook
This famous red and white plaid cookbook has been a staple in millions of American kitchens since the 1930 first edition. The Cooking Basics chapter is a comprehensive, easy to read guide that covers ingredients, techniques and menu plans. Chapters are arranged alphabetically by main ingredients (Beans, Rice & Grains; Meat) or course (Appetizers & Snacks; Desserts). The chapters in the convenient ring bound edition are marked by color differentiated tabs. Beginning cooks will love the user-friendly guides, illustrations and simplicity. Whether your a beginner or well-seasoned cook with years of experience you'll love the selection of over 1200 recipes with individual nutrition analyses. This updated 11th edition includes 450+ photographs plus a new chapter on grilling and a chaper devoted exclusively to pasta.

Joy of Cooking
This basic but totally comprehensive cookbook is a must have addition to every traditional American kitchen. This kitchen classic is the all-time favorite to several generations of home cooks. The guides, essential techniques, straight forward instructions and vast collection of recipes are unsurpassed. In addition to slow cooker recipes plus hundreds of other brand-new recipes, this edition of Joy is filled with recipes from all previous editions, retested and reinvented for today's tastes, ingredients and cooking methods.

Betty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today, New Tenth Edition
This dependable cookbook classic from the most trusted name in recipes is a comprehensive resource for the home cook. This beautifully designed ring-bound edition includes more than 1,000 easy-to-follow, recipes with 300 color photos and 55 illustrations to help get perfect results every time. In edition to all the basic categories that generations of us have known and loved, this updated version includes all new features like a chapter of Great-tasting Low-Fat Recipes, with detailed nutrition information, dietary exchanges and carb choices : plus a "Casseroles & Slow Cooker" chapter and a "20 Minutes or Less" chapter.

Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook
This is beloved cookbook that first bought Betty Crocker into our kitchens. First published in 1950, this book made cooking fun and easy. Like previous versions, this editon is packed with practical tips, useful hints, and luscuious color photos. All the traditional recipe classics are here plus timeless features like how to measure ingredients, choosing the best economical cuts of meat, how to set the table, serving ideas, twelve months of birthday cake ideas, ideas for a cookie baking party, pointers to make cooking and setting up a kitchen and cooking easy. It's still a perfect first cookbook!

The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook: America's Bestselling Step-by-Step Cookbook, with More Than 1,400 Recipes
This big, colorful cookbook is another very popular home cook's favorite. This updated version of the proven classic contains a wealth of cookings techniques, time-saving tips, and complete menus for entertaining... with over 5,000 photos and beautilful illustrations and 1,400 time tested recipes. There's recipes for every meal from sandwiches to lavish dinners with appetizers, soups, omelettes, pastas, meat and poultry, breads, sauces, and desserts all included. It's a great starter cookbook with features that experienced cooks will also love.

New York Times Cookbook
The New York Times Cook Book is a treasured resource for serious home cooks. First published in 1961, this classic has has sold nearly three million copies in all editions and continues to be a best-selling cookbook. In this version, old favorite recipes have been reviewed, revised and updated. It includes new recipes using fresh herbs and food processor techniques plus more Chinese, Indian, and foreign recipes and more recipes for pasta, rice, and grains plus additional fish recipes, salad and bread recipes. All the recipes are clearly written, easy to follow and suitable for many different occasions, ranging from a wide variety of basics for family meals to the most formal dinner party. It also includes recipes for sauces and salad dressings, relishes, preserves and wonderful desserts.

The Fannie Farmer Cookbook
This is clearly one of the best of the basic cookbooks. Excellent guides include descriptions of fruit and vegetables, cuts of meats, fish and seafood, measurement equivalents, tips for food preparation, and various cooking techniques. It's packed with great recipes every good cook wants and needs - all well-written and tested for perfect results every times. This hard cover anniversary edition of the cherished classic American cookbook has been revised for the contemporary home cook. The updated version includes chapters on microwave and outdoor cooking. It's also cut down on excessive fats and revived lost comfort foods.

Julia Child - The Way to Cook
This timeless culinary classic by Julia Child speaks to everyone with little or no experience in the kitchen. It's an excellent reference resource for anyone who wants to cook well.... even for those who lack the most basic cooking skills. It features a treasure trove of over 800 superb, clearly written, fool-proof recipes from the most basic to classic gourmet dishes and includes over six hundred excellent photos.

How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food
Nationally known cooking authority Mark Bittman shows you how to prepare great food for all occasions using simple techniques, fresh ingredients, and basic kitchen equipment. How to Cook Everything takes a relaxed, straightforward approach to cooking, so you can enjoy yourself in the kitchen and still achieve outstanding results. There are 23 sections in this cookbook, with more than 900 pages and over 1,500 recipes. It's a one-stop cooking reference for today's generation of cooks.

The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook Revised Edition:
Featuring More Than 1,200 Kitchen-tested Recipes, 1,500 Photographs
and No-nonsense Equipment And Ingredient Ratings

Repackaged to be easier to use and expanded to include a whole new chapter of healthy, light recipes, the revised edition of this bestselling cookbook covers all the basics. Beautiful step-by-step photos illustrate every conceivable technique from chopping shallots and skinning salmon to cutting up a chicken and tying a roast. Just about anything you want to do in the kitchen is explained plus it contains equipment ratings, shoppings tips, and much more. The recipes include hundreds of easy weeknight dishes as well as company-worthy dinners.

Cookbook Holder
Avoid spills & splatters - keep your valuable cookbooks clean and looking like new. An acrylic shield protects the open cookbook. The hardwood base adjusts to the book's thickness and your reading angle. Folds flat for storage. Makes a great gift for any home cook.

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