I have an older copy that is out of print - I think my Mom gave me this when I went to college (a long time ago). My copy has all sorts of stains, creases and spills throughout it. Every time I open it up, it makes a nice "sticky" noise
What to expect: 495 pages of recipes, 3 pages of Vegetable Cooking Charts and 4 pages of Appendices. This book starts off with cooking basics like napkin folding and setting the table, then moves in to appetizers & sandwiches, beverages, breads, cakes & frostings, cookies & candies, desserts, eggs & cheese, fish & shellfish, food preservation, meats, pasta, rice & cereal, pies & pastries, poultry, salads & dressings, sauces, soups & stews and ends with vegetables & side dishes.
I really like the extra information that each section offers. For meats it has all the different cuts and cook times, while the bread section gives tips on yeast breads & flour to use. If you are stuck, have food questions, or just want to learn tricks, this book has it all.
Oh yeah, it also has over 1000+ recipes, pictures and illustrations through it!
- Spinach Dip in Cabbage (I use a hollowed out sourdough round loaf instead), p.31
- Blueberry Streusel Muffins, p.76
- Monkey Bread, p.93
- Pot Roast with Sour Cream Gravy, p.291
- Vermicelli Pie (I make this with leftover spaghetti), p.341
- Cream Puff Pastry (my favorite recipe in the book - I stuff them with ice cream & Dove chocolate sauce), p.372
- Chicken Breasts Lombardy (my second runner up), p.392
Deliciousness Scale: 5 spoonfuls of yum out of 5!
My review is based on my 1987 version of this book. ISBN: 848707095. If you can't find this version, you can find the current version, ISBN-13 9780848731144.