Cookbooks?

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  1. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

    Kwyjibo

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    So I'm kind of in a new situation, I'm in my third year of school and living on my own in an apartment. I've been cooking for myself for a semester and its been pretty good but I'm the kind of person who's up for new things. So I figured as a gift from my extended family for christmas I'd ask for a cookbook.

    I would like something with good variety. I like some pictures ... It doesn't need to be a clíchéd college type thing ... so basically I want a book with average to easy dinner ideas.
     
  2. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    I have always enjoyed http://www.grahamkerr.com/ . Used to watch his shows on PBS every afternoon when school ended. Tasty and healthy cooking.
     
  3. emmawu macrumors 6502

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    The Betty Crocker Cookbook
    The Joy of Cooking and
    Julia Child's "The Way to Cook"
    all great basic cookbooks.
     
  4. njmac macrumors 68000

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    Try The New Best Recipe. It's a book put out by the editors of Cooks Illustrated Magazine. Each recipe works just as advertised.

    One thing about cookbooks is that many, many times the recipes don't work and it can be frustrating.

    Here is a little plug, but I tested and worked on these Food Network Cookbooks. The recipes taste great and work and there are a lot of color pictures in them (including one of me, but that's not a good selling point, believe me....)
     
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    My favorite is "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone"...don't let the name put you off if you're not a vegetarian. All of the recipes I've tried have come out excellent. They're tasty, fairly easy to make, and you can add meat to them if your so inclined. Your best bet is to go to a Borders and/or Barnes and Noble and flip through some of the cookbooks and find one that you'd like and ask for that... works for me.
     
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    wasn't he the galloping gourmet from like a long time ago? i used to love watching reruns of that show. XD
     
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    Ditto on all of these.
    They hit the basics and dont complicate or get "creative":eek:
     
  8. Kwyjibo thread starter macrumors 68040

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    yeah ... all three of those are in my mothers cabinet and I find none of them interesting or useful. If I know what I want to make, they're awesome, but as for inspiring the unsual ... not so much.
     
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    It's all about the Joy of Cooking!

    MMMM! YUMMY!

    Man, I wanna go make some cookies now.
     
  11. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    these are decent, easy to follow books... with a wide range of basic ideas, to more particular dishes that take some prep... nice variety of winter/summer recepies as well... simple ingredients that allow for your own experimentation- nice starting point for serious cooking later...

    barefoot contessa cookbooks
     
  12. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    Twilight Zone.....
     
  13. crdean1 macrumors 6502a

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    my wife has been trying things from two great books recently, and the results have been outstanding.

    Rachel Rays - "30 minute meals"

    and

    Giada De Laurentis - "Every Day Italian"
     
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    I've seen her show a couple times, and for some reason, I just don't like her. Some of her recipes do look good, though.
     
  15. freeny macrumors 68020

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    ITS PEOPLE!!!
     
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    I have two cookbooks and barely use either.

    The first is Joy of Cooking.
    The second is the Alt.Callahans cookbook to which I contributed a couple of recipes.

    I usually cook through experience. I reach for the books if I haven't done something in a while
     
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