BEST cookbook you have used?

posted 4 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
6668 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

More like online version of cookbook. love that site!

Post # 5
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you have to get just one cookbook, start with the Joy of Cooking. That is THE classic!

Right now I’m loving my Smitten Kitchen cookbook, her blog is great too.

For healthy recipes, the Cooking Light cookbook.

For quick & easy, Williams-Sonoma Fast & Fresh.

For other genres, Cooking Light magazine (I subscribe) did a Top 100 cookbooks feature- you can see all the categories here.

ETA: All of the ones I linked to exept the Joy of Cooking have beautiful photos. I love that in a cookbook!

Post # 6
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m like you, I enjoy baking way more than cooking! Lately, Pinterest has been my favorite “cookbook,” but two paper books I have and like are Taste of Home Simple and Declicious (apparently there are several versions, I’d assume all are good) and this one from AllRecipes. A good variety of meats/sides/desserts, and all pretty easy. I felt like they were a good start for me!

Post # 7
7304 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We have yet to try a bad recipe from the Weber Real Grilling cookbook.

Post # 9
1012 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Seconding the Williams-Sonoma Fast & Fresh recommendation. I’ve made about half of the recipes, and everything has been amazing. It’s the go-to in our house. The author also came out with a gluten-free sequel this year, which has quickly gone into our rotation. 

Post # 10
38 posts

We have loved everything from the better homes and gardens cookbook. I love that there is a good mix of quick easy week night meals, to elaborate entertaining guest recipes.

Post # 11
4089 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

How to Cook Everything  by Mark Bittman  – very informative!  

Post # 12
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Astra:  agreed. basically a kitchen bible.

my mom got it for christmas a long time ago, and then i got it as a “congratulations on going to college!” moving out of the house gift. i use it all the time. not always for recipes, but for all of the informative stuff in it (:

Post # 13
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

That Williams-Sonoma cookbook looks great! Glad I clicked on this thread!

Post # 14
3382 posts
Sugar bee

@Sassygrn:  Sorry, wrong person! Not sure how I did that…

Post # 15
3382 posts
Sugar bee

@desiree.0615: The old staple “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook. But if you’re not much of a cook what you really need is a crock pot. It’s almost infallible.

Also, if you insist of cooking meat in the oven my #1 tip is wrap it up in tin foil!


Post # 16
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I love all my Williams Sonoma cookbooks – I have about 7 of them 🙂

We LOVE our Cook’s Illustrated Best Recipes (by the people who do America’s Test Kitchen)

I also just got Earthbound Cookbook.  Haven’t tried anything yet, but the recipes look really good!

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