Tuesday, January 6, 2009


It's difficult for me to recommend a cookbook. I have a degree in home economics (food research)and I have authored or co-authored 5 cookbooks. I have tested countless recipes and used to collect cookbooks. In one of my moves, I had 5 boxes of cookbooks, literally hundreds of them. Most I had read cover-to-cover. Then I scaled back (they sell like hotcakes at garage sales!) I still have about 20 cookbooks I can't part with, my all-time favorite I think every kitchen should have "The Better Homes and Garden Cookbook." I also have several church cookbooks that have some tried and true family favorites.
I received two new cookbooks this year from Christmas. They are: "The Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook" and "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook." So far I have perused both books and tried about 6 recipes in each and have been happy with every recipe.
So, what makes a good cookbook in my opinion?
-Concisely written; not reams of instructions or steps (sorry Martha).
-Fairly common ingredients; I don't mind going to the store for a few items, but to buy something very expensive to use 1/4 tsp. is not my idea of a good buy.
-Take a reasonable amount of time to prepare. Everyone is busy these days. Who wants to spend 1/2 day on one recipe?
-The recipe(s) have to be good for both family meals and entertaining, appeal to the masses.
-The collection of recipes have to appeal to me, I won't buy a book for a few good recipes, the majority of recipes in the book have to have some merit.
If you are looking for some new recipes in your repertoire, take look at the Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks.

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