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The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook: America’s Bestselling Step-by-Step Cookbook, with More Than 1,400 Recipes

August 5, 2010 · Posted in Bestselling Cooking Books 


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The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook was an instant classic when it appeared in 1980. Now, over a million copies later, comes this revised and expanded edition for novice and experienced cook alike. Here, from the same famous Good Housekeeping Institute’s kitchens, is a wealth of information for today’s modem cook — from microwave cooking to fast and easy menus for all occasions, time-saving shopping and preparation tips and new nutritional data.Exciting new … More >>

The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook: America’s Bestselling Step-by-Step Cookbook, with More Than 1,400 Recipes

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5 Responses to “The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook: America’s Bestselling Step-by-Step Cookbook, with More Than 1,400 Recipes”

  1. Amy Z, Afterschooler on August 5th, 2010 3:49 pm

    When my husband and I got married we realized that between the two of us we had well over fifty cookbooks, and, of course, we each had our favorites. We still have a running rivalry between “Good Housekeeping Illustrated” and “Better Homes New Cookbook” for Best Basic Cookbook. While each of these books has its strong points, my pick is “Good Housekeeping.”

    This cookbook is extensively illustrated with photographs and line drawings, and features basic dishes as well as more complicated recipes to challenge those who master the basics. If there is any possibility of confusion concerning a method, this book presents words and drawings to guide the user precisely through the process. I also like the fact that there is a photograph of each dish–so you know what your hard work is SUPPOSED to look like!

    “Better Homes” does seem to have a slightly larger number of basic recipes, and I’m glad that we have both books in our home now, but when I have to choose just one to give at a bridal shower or to a recent graduate, I always choose “Good Housekeeping Illustrated.”
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Elizabeth on August 5th, 2010 5:42 pm

    I’m buying another one because I’ve used my old one to death.

    I received it as a gift in 1988 and have used it more than any other cookbook I have (and I have a lot!) The great thing is you can try a new recipe for company and be certain it will turn out great!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Anonymous on August 5th, 2010 7:40 pm

    I have a moderate collection of cookbooks, and this one has got to be my favorite! I like to be able to view what the final product looks like, because I believe if it doesn’t look appetizing then it probably isn’t! A picture is definitely worth more than words! And the recipes are fabulous!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Anonymous on August 5th, 2010 10:30 pm

    This is the cookbook I grew up using. When I got married, I knew I had to have one in my own house! Not only does it have very challenging recipes, like a huge wedding cake covered with candy flowers: it also contains the most basic instructions, such as how to prepare scrambled eggs or how to prepare steamed broccoli. I am a busy mom with many commitments and I frequently find myself with a few random ingredients and no dinner: this book always bails me out. Plus, the recipes (over almost 20 years!) always taste great, and looking at the pictures is very helpful. People are always impressed with my creations. I love this book!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Juliana McMullin on August 5th, 2010 11:43 pm

    When I first got married at 20 years old, I was completely clueless in the kitchen. This book was a gift from my grandma, and it saved my life! Or at least turned me into a good cook…

    Every single recipe in the book has a thumbnail photo, indexed in the front according to type.. eggs, poultry, meat, breads, etc. Being able to see what the heck the finished recipe is supposed to look like took the scare out of trying cook.

    Now many many years later, I’m still using recipes from those food-stained pages, and still getting raves from dinner guests and co-workers!! And now I’m going to order it for a kitchen-impared friend of mine.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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