Betty Crocker′s Picture Cookbook Spiral-bound – Import, 26 October 1998
Spiral-bound, Facsimile, Import
Hundreds of black-and-white photos, animated drawings, and quaint color spreads of prepared dishes aid you in using the recipes. Beginners learn how to measure ingredients, choose the best economical cuts of meat, and cut up round and sheet cakes for serving. There is even a section on how to set the table. This loose-leaf book contains enough recipes to fill a 12-page, double-column index. Best of all, perhaps, is the "Shortcut" section, where useful tips include cleaning a grater of cheese residue by rubbing it with a piece of stale bread. These are interspersed with 15 ways to recuperate from overwork. One suggestion is to lie down on the kitchen floor on your back and relax for three to five minutes. Still a good idea, though few people have a kitchen large enough to try this. --Dana Jacobi
About the Author
With more than 75 million cookbooks sold since 1950, Betty Crocker is the name readers trust for reliable recipes and great ideas. For over 75 years, Betty Crocker has provided advice to millions of Americans through cookbooks, magazines and the internet.
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- Publisher : John Wiley & Sons; Facsimile Edition (26 October 1998)
- Language : English
- Spiral-bound : 456 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0028627717
- ISBN-13 : 978-0028627717
- Item Weight : 1 kg 470 g
- Dimensions : 22.86 x 5.84 x 25.65 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #266,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By now my two editions had been used continuously for 60 and 40 years respectively and were really showing their age - I'm not the tidiest of cooks! I was delighted to find this reprint. It arrived it pristine condition & might even look better than the original did when it was new.
There is one thing missing. The original had a really helpful herb chart inside the front cover & other information inside the back. I do miss that, but I'm surviving & already enjoying getting ingredients on new pages again. We live in Scotland. And I've passed my combined version on to a younger cook who's delighted with with all the American recipes.
This is a truly unique and beautiful book, worthy to sit beside Mrs. Beeton's on any shelf. Like Mrs B's before it, this classic cookbook captures the aura of its age, with a wealth of 'historical' and folklore anecdotes. In the Betty Crocker book, these have been drawn from the many different cultures which have influenced American family life, from colonial times to the middle of the 20th century. The colourful illustrations - charicteristic of the 1950's - are fun & entertaining at times, or clear & descriptive when needed.
Dating from a time when family meals were still usually home-cooked, from fresh ingredients, this book has a renewed relevance for today's cooks, now that people are once again realising the value of wholesome food, and that it's worth a bit of extra time preparing it. There are sections on nutrition, food safety/storage/preparation & meal-planning, with much advice that rings true even after the 60 odd years since it was written.
You can learn to cook from scratch with this (it even tells you how to make coffee & tea, as well as boil an egg!), & those who have one on their shelf will never run out of new ideas to try. You'll need a set of American measuring cups & spoons, though, as they're slightly different from the British ones.
But possibly best of all, it is so very entertaining! A cookbook that has a sketch of a 'housewife' stretched out on a tiled kitchen floor, advising tired cooks to relax for a few minutes this way, is surely worth a look. ;~D.
That being said it is a nice reference book!