Betty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today (General Mills, 2005; originally published 1969)
Betty Crocker Cookbook
From foolproof, dependable recipes to reliable how-to advice, the Betty Crocker Cookbook has everything you need for the way you cook today. Whether you're a new or experienced cook, the Betty Crocker Cookbook is the book for you.Why I liked it
This cookbook, out of all the ones I've read, is probably the one I've actually used the most often. It just has a lot of basic, solid dishes that involve easy-to-find and cheap ingredients. Plus it includes lots of "helper" info, like where on an animal various cuts of meat come from, or step-by-step photos for a few cutting methods.
My mother gave me this cookbook ages ago... I'm pretty sure it was a gift for my high school graduation, and I think her own mother did the same for her, so this cookbook is something of a family tradition. Even though this cookbook is over 10 years old I still use it on a regular basis.
Who I'd recommend it to
This is a great resource for beginning cooks who are ready to try out a variety of recipes. It's especially helpful for people who enjoy "American" food like casseroles and that sort of thing -- although there is a pretty good choice of flavors/variations to choose from to please just about any palate.
- More info about the newest edition of the "Big Red Cookbook" at BettyCrocker.com
- "Who Was Betty Crocker?" at The History Kitchen blog from PBS