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Publisher: Hearst (January 1, 2013)
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Ordinarily, I wouldn't have bought this book. However, I received The Good Housekeeping Cookbook as a premium for joining a club, so I've examined it with an eye to where it'll fit into my collection.Everybody needs one or two general cookbooks. Even if you're a devoted foodie and you love to cook, at some point you have a hankering for a basic middle-America comfort food dish, maybe an old favorite from your childhood. I discovered this years ago, when I realized that, despite an impressive collection, I didn't have a single recipe for tuna fish casserole.At first glance, the Good Housekeeping Cookbook looks like a candidate for the job. It has 1,500 recipes, frequent photographs of the finishd dish, and 24 chapters that range from meat to quick breads to canning and freezing. In an effort to "update" the 1950s-style recipes to modern tastes, you'll find recipes for jerk chicken, Thai beef with basil, and tofu egg salad. If you're the sort of person who only wants to own one cookbook, the sheer number of options will keep you quite happy. Even though it doesn't have a tuna noodle casserole after all.Unfortunately, those recipes are largely disappointing.Oh, they'll work. You'll definitely be able to make something edible for dinner, using this book. It just won't be awesome. It won't be authentic, either, but I don't think the typical buyer for this book is looking for that. As long as it tastes good, that's fine.There are two major problems with this cookbook. One is a pretence of healthy cooking, which basically means a fawning obsequience to the notion of fat-is-bad. For instance, a recipe for cooking a fresh ham has you take off all the skin; the result is sure to be a dried-out lump of meat.
This is a Revised Edition of "the Good Housekeeping Cookbook" Edited by Susan Westmoreland Food Director, Good Housekeeping in 2007. This Cookbook was given to me as a Gift over 5 years ago and it is one of my Favorites of all the Cookbooks I own. It has 1039 Recipes from America's Favorite Test Kitchen and that is The Good Housekeeping Kitchens and not to be confused with the other one, Cook's Illustrated Test Kitchens. This Cookbook is so well put together, there are Hundreds of Full Color Photographs, that Entices you and Lure you to make the Recipes. It has a Nice Feeling and Glossy, Shiny Paper with Clear, Easy to Read and Follow Directions to make the Food Items. This Book is so Classy that even has a Couple of Red Color long Strips of Fabric to Mark one's Place in the Book, "Bookmarks"The Good Housekeeping Cookbook is Divided in many Chapters: (1) Basics, (2) Appetizers, (3) Soup, Stews & Chilis, (4) Meat, (5) Poultry, (6) Fish & Shellfish, (7) Eggs & Cheese, (8) Pasta & Pasta Sauces, (9) Beans, Rice & other Grains, (10) Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals, (11) Grilling, (12) Vegetables, (13) Fruit, (14) Salads & Salad Dressings, (15) Sauces, Salsas & Condiments, (16) Quick Breads, (17) Yeast Breads & Sandwiches, (18) Desserts, (19) Cakes & Frostings, (20) Pies & Tarts, (21) Cookies & ConfectionsThere is a Chance that you grew up eating Good Housekeeping Recipes as I did, all the Recipes are Updated and Triple-Tested to make sure they work the First time I make them in my Kitchen.
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