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The complete 12th edition New Cook Book with all the goodness and reliability that�s made the Red Plaid a trusted kitchen resource for millions of families. Inspiration at its finest, with more than 1,200 delicious recipes and 700 full-color photos. Hundreds of hints and tips. Easy-to-read cooking charts. Complete nutrition and exchange information for ever The complete 12th edition New Cook Book with all the goodness and reliability that�s made the Red Plaid a trusted kitchen resource for millions of families. Inspiration at its finest, with more than 1,200 delicious recipes and 700 full-color photos. Hundreds of hints and tips. Easy-to-read cooking charts. Complete nutrition and exchange information for every recipe. Plus all the "best-loved" recipes found in the Red Plaid version. All new remarkable 64-page "pink" section that includes: Healthful dietary and lifestyle suggestions. More than 60 delicious recipes containing wholesome "super foods" associated with a reduced risk of cancer. Triple gift impact: a sought-after limited edition cookbook, meaningful cancer-fighting information, and a significant contribution to a highly-visible, respected foundation.


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The complete 12th edition New Cook Book with all the goodness and reliability that�s made the Red Plaid a trusted kitchen resource for millions of families. Inspiration at its finest, with more than 1,200 delicious recipes and 700 full-color photos. Hundreds of hints and tips. Easy-to-read cooking charts. Complete nutrition and exchange information for ever The complete 12th edition New Cook Book with all the goodness and reliability that�s made the Red Plaid a trusted kitchen resource for millions of families. Inspiration at its finest, with more than 1,200 delicious recipes and 700 full-color photos. Hundreds of hints and tips. Easy-to-read cooking charts. Complete nutrition and exchange information for every recipe. Plus all the "best-loved" recipes found in the Red Plaid version. All new remarkable 64-page "pink" section that includes: Healthful dietary and lifestyle suggestions. More than 60 delicious recipes containing wholesome "super foods" associated with a reduced risk of cancer. Triple gift impact: a sought-after limited edition cookbook, meaningful cancer-fighting information, and a significant contribution to a highly-visible, respected foundation.

30 review for New Cook Book, Limited Edition "Pink Plaid" : For Breast Cancer Awareness (Better Homes & Gardens)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    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!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandee

    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 final 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    etherealfire

    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

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    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 d 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?

  6. 5 out of 5

    DeB MaRtEnS

    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 g 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    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 Favorite 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."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diana

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

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lise Audet

    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 Boo 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    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 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) .

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    JSou

    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!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather Key

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13243166 I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13243166

  17. 4 out of 5

    A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

    I've had this book since the 1981 edition came out and still use it occasionally even though it's falling apart. Also, I loathe cooking.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shar Hoff

    Of all my cookbooks - and I LOVE cookbooks!! - I would have thought this would be one of my favorites. Not even close. There are very few recipes in this book that I have made more than once. For example, don't even bother with the banana muffins. They tasted like a big lump of baking soda. Way too salty and no flavor at all. I won't bother making them again. All in all, I don't recommend this one, particularly to beginner cooks. You'll never want to learn to cook if you try these crappy recipes Of all my cookbooks - and I LOVE cookbooks!! - I would have thought this would be one of my favorites. Not even close. There are very few recipes in this book that I have made more than once. For example, don't even bother with the banana muffins. They tasted like a big lump of baking soda. Way too salty and no flavor at all. I won't bother making them again. All in all, I don't recommend this one, particularly to beginner cooks. You'll never want to learn to cook if you try these crappy recipes first. I actually would rather give this only 1/2 a star but there isn't that option.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marlee

    Great for a beginner with explanations of techniques and terms at the beginning. The book has been in family for ages though I have a later edition than the one my mother used. Very simple and easy to follow. General over all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This was THE cook book in my mother's kitchen. The brownie recipe is everyone's old favorite just the way it is. I remember leafing through it on quiet days and imagining the meals I could cook. I don't currently own a copy, but I should add it to my collection.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Otto Testla

    Great book

  22. 4 out of 5

    SouthWestZippy

    Was a wedding gift. Great book with wonderful helpful tips and recipes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I have the 15th edition spiral bound book from 2010. This is an old standby cookbook for all cooks. There is just about any basic recipe in this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emi Bevacqua

    I like the glossy photos, but prefer the recipes in the older version.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily S.

    One of my most favorite cookbooks!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I gained this book when I got married (surprisingly, owned previously by my husband), and have loved it ever since. This basic, fundamental cookbook lays it all out and speaks to the cook interested in putting a good meal on the table. Nothing too fancy, this book has a cornbread recipe (with variations), a basic cake (with variations), and a base white sauce that you can easily transform into anything to name a few. It has the traditional, labor intensive version of risotto, while next to it is I gained this book when I got married (surprisingly, owned previously by my husband), and have loved it ever since. This basic, fundamental cookbook lays it all out and speaks to the cook interested in putting a good meal on the table. Nothing too fancy, this book has a cornbread recipe (with variations), a basic cake (with variations), and a base white sauce that you can easily transform into anything to name a few. It has the traditional, labor intensive version of risotto, while next to it is the "sped up" version. Both taste great. Its lack of complicated recipes, crazy ingredients, and the assumption that you have unlimited time is great. Recipes are indexed, photographed, and tagged (fast, low fat, reader's choice). An updated classic that would be happy in every kitchen.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I think I received the first copy of Better Homes & Garden New Cook Book when I was still in high school a very long time ago. It remains one of my favorites and I use it often as I did today. This is my third copy of the book as the other two are in pretty bad shape from constant use. Today I found a casserole recipe that is ready for our dinner tonight when it is time to put it in the oven. Maybe a cookie recipe will be next this afternoon if I get ambitious or maybe tomorrow ~ I love being re I think I received the first copy of Better Homes & Garden New Cook Book when I was still in high school a very long time ago. It remains one of my favorites and I use it often as I did today. This is my third copy of the book as the other two are in pretty bad shape from constant use. Today I found a casserole recipe that is ready for our dinner tonight when it is time to put it in the oven. Maybe a cookie recipe will be next this afternoon if I get ambitious or maybe tomorrow ~ I love being retired where I can take my time with cooking. Better Homes & Garden New Cook Book is always the first I look to for new ideas of the many cookbooks that I own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I secretly consult this cookbook when I forget how to cook brown rice or how long to steam artichokes. It's invaluable, really. The only thing I hate about it is the realiance on frozen, canned and dried goods. Why would you use garlic powder when you can easily mince fresh and make it taste better? But I guess that's what the 50s were all about. Tupperware and preserved foods. And those things do have their place, after all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charis

    The title says "new," but mine's old. It's falling apart. I have to do alot of searching to find the page I'm looking for--they're all out of order and randomly shoved in. That's because I use it so much. Of course, I have to change the recipes to be vegan, but it's a good starting point; a springboard for culinary adventures. Hmmm. "Culinary adventures".... I don't think I'm the original author of that phrase... kinda cliche.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    this is a classic cookbook that I refer time and time again. Everything from meat temperatures to classic stews to biscuits and baked goods. Almost everything I've made from this book has been quite good and all of the recipes are easily adaptable to what you have lying around the kitchen. My favorite recipes: nun's puffs, blueberry-cornmeal pancakes, dijon chicken strata, beef stroganoff, & beef bourguignon (my favorite in the whole book!!!!!!), among others this is a classic cookbook that I refer time and time again. Everything from meat temperatures to classic stews to biscuits and baked goods. Almost everything I've made from this book has been quite good and all of the recipes are easily adaptable to what you have lying around the kitchen. My favorite recipes: nun's puffs, blueberry-cornmeal pancakes, dijon chicken strata, beef stroganoff, & beef bourguignon (my favorite in the whole book!!!!!!), among others

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