(Closed) Best Cookbooks/Books on Entertaining?

posted 13 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

My Favorites;

Joy of Cooking  (seriously every thing is in there)

I like you, Amy Sedaris, for quirky entertaining and her crazy yummy tattletale vanilla cupcake recipe

Dorie Greenspan Baking books too!  

Post # 4
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I second Joy of cooking

Also, the Betty Crocker Red Book is really easy to use.It has pretty much everything

If you are serious about cooking, I would recommend Cooks Illistrated. It take classic dishes and perfects and modernizes them. I love it. Plus they have great articles on kitchen equipment


Post # 5
287 posts
Helper bee

Ooo…I second Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe book.  It not only has the ‘best recipies’ in most (not all) cases…bu it really has great tips and illustrations on the techniques, both basic and more advanced, to use…plus really great tips on the best tools of the trade.

Post # 6
1194 posts
Bumble bee

I love the Silver Pslate or any cookbook by Barefoot Contessa!

Post # 7
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000

I’m loving the book that Taffy recommended, "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bitman.

Post # 8
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My cookbook staples are Better Homes and Garden Cookbook, Mark Bittman’s "How to Cook Everything", and "Joy of Cooking". You can’ go wrong with any of these and they are so comprehensive that you probably don’t need anything else. 

Post # 9
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2021 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum

I 100% agree on Joy of Cooking, I have my mom’s from 1976 and it’s amazing.  She has a new one that is even better! 

And, totally not a cookbook, but I love love allrecipes.com.  Half of my meals come off that site and I haven’t had anything that wasn’t fantastic!  

Post # 10
31 posts

I agree with msgirard on The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook–I actually just bought a new copy for my mom because her copy was so well loved it was being held together with duct tape!

But there’s a new cookbook that I want to get…"BabyCakes NYC" from the woman who owns the gluten-free sugar-free bakery of the same name (Mrs. Bee I’m sure you’ve been there!)  I think it comes out in March

Post # 11
18 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008 - Ten Mile Station

I suggest Nigella Lawson’s “How To Be A Domestic Goddess.” It’s all about baking and comfort foods. One of my favorite cookbooks!

Post # 12
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

The Better Homes and Gardens cookbook is a must for a general cookbook, but for specific courses or types of food, I love the Williams Sonoma collection.

Post # 13
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Cooks Illustrated / America’s Test Kitchen!!! Seriously, you can not go wrong. The recipies aren’t always the most simple, but the techniques are flawless. We have one hardcopy cookbook (ATK 2005, I believe) and an online membership. I highly recommend the online membership. It’s pretty cheap, gives you access to everything, and you don’t have to store all the cookbooks. (We print out our favorites and store them in a binder). The only downside is that they typically do dishes for a NE palette, so sometimes I tweak the seasonings.

Our other standbys are our old editions of Joy of Cooking and Betty Crocker (both from the 1960’s, when the recipies were simple but didn’t cut corners). I’ve heard good things about Mark Bittman, Martha Stewart, and Alton Brown’s cookbooks. Another good source that I used prior to Cooks Illustrated (and still do occasionally) is the Food Network online recipe database, which is free.

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