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Subject: Easiest cookbook EVER??
Date Posted: 7/1/2008 4:54 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2008
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I can't cook. I want to, but it takes me half an hour to mix something that should take 10 minutes. What is the most simple (eplains it in child like terms) cookbook you have found? I was never taught how to cook and I even still have trouble with measurements, and i'm 27! I really want to cook for my family but I need all the help I can get to actually do it. All suggestions welcome. Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 5:29 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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You might look at one of the cookbooks in the Dummies series- I think there is a general "Cooking for Dummies" but I know there are lots of others- Chinese, Mexican, Gourmet, etc.  I have also heard good things about How to Boil Water, which is from the Food Network and contains recipes from the show of the same name.  I haven't seen the book, but I do like the show, and it really is great for basics.  My very first cookbook, given to me when I went off to college, was the Betty Crocker, and it is still my most used cookbook.  Most cookbooks have sections where they explain techniques and terms, so I would actually pick a cookbook based on it having recipes for things that you and your family like, rather than how easy it is.  My advice would be to start with basic dishes and go from there.  Spagetti, chili, meatloaf, casseroles, basic skillet dishes are good things to start with.  You will learn as you go, and gain skills that you can apply the next time you try a new recipe.  Don't be afraid- even seasoned cooks bomb in the kitchen sometimes, and that's why we keep peanut butter and jelly in the pantry, lol!  Good luck to you, and don't be afraid to ask here if you have any questions- I'd be happy to help, as I'm sure others would be too.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 10:38 AM ET
Member Since: 10/2/2007
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My mother in law has the betty crocker basics cookbook.  It is very good.  We gave my sis the old childrens betty crocker book when she left home.  It is very basic but my sis had trouble boiling water.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 8:00 PM ET
Member Since: 10/17/2006
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God Bless Betty Crocker!  Specifically, the 1950s Picture Cook Book from that dear fictitious woman!  I'm the daughter of a woman who was a crackerjack businesswoman, but could not boil water without burning it.  The pictures in the BCPCB saved the day, plus attentive reading of the written instructions, and getting the necessary kitchen tools such as measuring cups and spoons, a timer, and an oven whose temperature can be regulated. 

Just remember, if a recipe says a pinch, or a dab, or a smidgen, or a 'whisper', or a dash of something will improve the flavor, it DON'T mean that a tablespoon of it will make it that much better!   Bon appetit from this self-taught home cook........


Date Posted: 7/5/2008 7:32 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2006
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I agree with some of the others. The Betty Crocker Cook Book mentioned is my first choice for you also and not only is it easy but  the recipes also taste good. It is a good basic cookbook. The ingredients are simple items so you don't have to go in search of some exotic spice.