Hot!What is your favorite "go to" cookbook?

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blue heaven
Cheeseburger
2014/02/23 11:22:06
I collect cookbooks as I am sure many of you do but what is the one cookbook you rely on the most?  Mine is the Joy of Cooking.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 11:26:46
Mine is the same.  Joy of Cooking is the "Encyclopedia Britannica of Cooking" in my opinion.  Can't do without it.
post edited by MellowRoast - 2014/02/23 11:31:10
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 11:30:01
I have 2 of them - BOTH over 60 years old!
My Mother's Woman's Home Companion Cook Book, 1946 Edition
And a Jr. League Book that I got at a Church Rummage Sale for $5
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/02/23 23:27:09
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 11:51:05
I have a number of cookbooks, but I can't recall ever using a recipe from any of them.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 12:09:54
The French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child.  I got it before I moved to France.  It's the only cookbook I ever bought.
blue heaven
Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 12:25:07
I love to create my own recipes but sometimes I need to look up a technique for some of the more classic recipes, for instance how to make a  bernaise or mornay sauce.
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 13:08:26
The one that came with my grill.
Root-Beer Man
Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 13:12:10
Oh, man...which one? Well over the years I'd have to say that I've gone to my old Campbell's Great American Cookbook more than any others. Loads of non-soup related recipes that date back to the earliest days of the country and many great restaurants. One soup related recipe I've used consistently over the years has been their "Best Ever Meatloaf". Yum! I've also used their Tamale Pie recipe many, many times. My old copy is falling apart on me and the newer ones don't have the variety of non soup recipes that the old one had. Guess it's time to hit up Ebay or Amazon and see if someone has a copy in better shape. 
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 14:15:44
My Watkins cookbooks. One was my grandma's published in 1935; the other was my mom's, published in 1956. On the off chance one of those don't have what I need, then I've got a Betty Crocker from about 1980 that's my third choice.
 
Most of my other cookbooks I don't use. They came from generations past and while I do look at them from time to time for the connection to my grandmothers, I've long since gone through them and entered the recipes I want into a database so they don't get any more beat up. I like to preserve the history.
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 14:58:18
The recipe folder on my favorites list.  Also the recipe folder in my documents 
post edited by ChrisOC - 2014/02/23 15:00:54
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 17:02:06
tied between these two:
America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
From Woodstoves to Microwaves, Cooking With Entergy
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 17:17:52
I have all 3 versions of the Joy of Cooking ( one.the 2nd one, was bought in the UKin the late 80's when we lived there).  The first version was my mother's and the cover has long since become a mess. but i enjoy the few margin comments Mom made on some recipes.  I use the 2nd one the most since it's still "whole"; the 3rd round is so/so, but it's the old, falling-apart first one that has some great old recipes and tips that are hard to find.
 
A couple of Bread books( King Arthur the best, although not just bread)....one for the pressure cooker.........and one from Block Island my mom picked up in the 60's when we took our boat there..johnny Cakes....fish..shellfish.....great ideas
 
 
Other than that.........the internet and my recipe folder in my favorites give me ideas from which to explore
post edited by FriedClamFanatic - 2014/02/23 17:19:53
the grillman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 21:47:46
I have two that I refer to, just for baking; I rarely use cookbooks for anything else.  Both are over 40 years old;  A Pillsbury cookbook, and a Betty Crocker cookbook; you know, the big generic ones.  We have a lot of other cookbooks for ideas; but I rarely follow recipes exactly, except for baking, as I said.  Everything else is just a suggestion.
 
Edit....oh yeah, I need to mention we have a couple of Steven Rachlins grilling and bbq books that I refer to for ideas, also.
post edited by the grillman - 2014/02/23 21:49:07
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/23 23:31:57
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Michael Hoffman
I have a number of cookbooks, but I can't recall ever using a recipe from any of them.

Why? Didn't they have any pictures in them????????????
(Couldn't Resist!)
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/24 07:38:07
Maybe he read them for the articles.
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/24 09:44:45
It used to be Joy of Cooking, particularly when I got a CD version. These days, I go to the Internet for general information, look at several recipes, what site they are on, whether or not the site tested the recipe, and several other factors to decide on what to do. For Chinese Food, I go to my Chang & Kutchner Encyclopedia of Chinese Cooking (I have the 1970 edition); not recommended if you don't already know Chinese cooking techniques.
 
Bart
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/24 10:18:11
Smoke and Spice for all things barbecue and mostly stuff I can download.
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/24 13:05:02
I too collect them and have two Better Homes and Gardens, the old ones with the gold covering and one with the red and white checked covering.  My 17 year old son says: "Mom, you have all of these cookbooks and I've never seen you read even one!" My response was you don't read them you refer to them.....America's Test Kitchen is my most referred to though.
Phishmonger
Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/24 13:11:10
I agree, Rusty. "Refer" is the key term here. My favorites, in no particular order are:  a 1962 Good Housekeeping Cookbook, a 1972 Betty Crocker, a New Joy of Cooking, and Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything". I also refer to some of my 200-plus other cook books when necessary. Don't ask me why I have so many :>).
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/24 13:45:26
Since I am so busy these days, I don't have a lot of time to cook. This cook book is pretty much all I need these days:

Turtle66
Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/24 21:55:21
Larousse Gastronomique
America's Test Kitchen 

Food Blogs 
  




 
post edited by Turtle66 - 2014/02/24 22:00:24
boyardee65
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 01:43:54
I don't really have one that I go to. I try to develop  recipes on my own using the vast knowledge of all the numerous cookbooks I have read over the last 30 years or so. One of my favorites is Julia Child's cookbook The French Chef. I also like the C.I.A. text book for their curriculum. The Mayberry Cookbook is a fun read too. Some great stuff it there. 
 
David O.
post edited by boyardee65 - 2014/02/27 01:49:03
blue heaven
Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 07:08:10
Wow Bartl Chinese Cookbook now that is brave and I commend you.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 07:22:35
These days it's the internet.
 
See something that looks tasty on the foodie shows, enter topic into search engine, and click away through recipes and user reviews; e.g. : Emeril's Texas Chili - our mouths watered as we watched the show, read the unanimous 5* reviews, tried it, loved it, and I added our own review.  A decade later it is still our favorite chili recipe! 
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 07:36:47
No matter what I want to know, it is available thought the internet and Google is my source for the world's largest library available in my study.  I want a recipe?  I google it and I have multiple choices.  Often hundreds and I scroll though them to find one that fits my needs.  I use it or modify it.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't and then I modify it again.  Sorta fun. 
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
easy1
Junior Burger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 08:42:03
I used to always use my tattered old "Betty Crocker" cookbook that my wife gave me on our first Christams together in 1984, over the years the kids got me bunch of Emeril's books which were OK, but more fun to read than to actually use.
 
Now with the internet, if I need a recipe, I just google it and get a zillion hits.  I'm also a member of "Serious Eats" on line, which sends regualr updates and recipes which I've used over the years.
 
The great thing about the internet, is if you find one you like, you can save it and re-use, I found a three pizza dough recipes that I use over and over again.  One for "bar-pie" crust, one for "Chicago-style" crust, and one for NY style crust.  I don't have a wood-burning pizza oven, so I need to go out for neopolitan pies.
 
Maybe my next house will have a pizza oven built in! 
 
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 09:02:16
I migrate to one I picked up at TREEBEARD'S restaurant in Houston ad one written by Ingrid Croce of CROCE'S in SD.  Oh, and the Internet too.
hrheachafin
Junior Burger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 10:16:32
I began cooking long ago from a "recipe" in my Cub Scouts Manual...beef stew, it was.
 
Then I moved up to a cookbook I still use, a Betty Crocker book from the early 1960's. I also have my mom's home economics textbook from the mid-20's. Those two serve me well for technique and proportions for things I "invent" (I'm a never-follow-a-recipe-the-same-way-once kind of guy).  The only recipe I'm generally faithful to follow is my own for chile con carne...after all, I've been working on that one for around 50 years...
 
But, yeah, the Internet has opened up avenues for quick comparisons and basic recipes I use as my starting point.
ALL GOOD
Hamburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 13:18:12
I have a collection of over 500 vintage cookbooks (still need to catalogue them).  I hit every rummage and library book sale I can find.  Drives my husband nuts.  However, as much as I enjoy perusing all of the mid-century cookbooks I have collected, my "go-to" is the red and white checked, three-ring bound, Better Homes and Gardens cookbook my Mother gave me for a wedding shower gift in 1985.  Comes through for me every time!
Adjudicator
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 18:11:41
I have many.  In any cookbook by Southern Living though, I am sure I will find out what I am seeking.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 18:48:43
Foodbme

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Michael Hoffman
I have a number of cookbooks, but I can't recall ever using a recipe from any of them.

Why? Didn't they have any pictures in them????????????
(Couldn't Resist!)

Not at all. I like to buy cookbooks. I get ideas for dishes from them.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 21:55:17
Escoffier for a solid foundation....

Texascajun
Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 22:20:42
CCinNJ

Escoffier for a solid foundation....




That looks like a good one, i'll look on amazon for it. My Mom and Aunts hand wrote a cookbook for my Wife and I when we got married with all my family favorites Cajun, Texas country, creole etc. I keep it in a fireproof safe and use it as needed.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 22:25:06
CCinNJ

Escoffier for a solid foundation....



Ah.... Escoffier, "The chef of kings and the king of chefs."  What is your favorite Escoffier recipe, CC?

mar52
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 22:29:25
I use my cookbooks mostly for ethnic cooking.
 
I have three or four Thai cookbooks.  I look at the same recipe written 4 different ways and then do it my way.
 
They are guides.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 22:56:19

MH always wanted one.......
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/27 23:55:27
Consommé...it's both a recipe & a test as well.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/28 12:00:44
Hey, put my Larousse back.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/28 12:27:25
CCinNJ

Consommé...it's both a recipe & a test as well.


A test?  Of what?
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/28 13:43:05
I got my copy out and looked up the recipe and cannot figure out how it is a test. 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/28 13:50:55
Greymo

I got my copy out and looked up the recipe and cannot figure out how it is a test. 

 
I think it might be referring to the fact that chefs are often judged on the clarity and taste of their consommé. I'm also guessing that as a basic skill it is probably used as a test in culinary skills. 
 
Maybe lleechef can enlighten us more, this is just a guess on my part but I know how important making good consommé is in the culinary world. 
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/28 13:52:22
Greymo

I got my copy out and looked up the recipe and cannot figure out how it is a test. 

Maybe the test is at the end of the book and you're missing the last page.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/28 14:02:07
EdSails

Greymo

I got my copy out and looked up the recipe and cannot figure out how it is a test. 


I think it might be referring to the fact that chefs are often judged on the clarity and taste of their consommé. I'm also guessing that as a basic skill it is probably used as a test in culinary skills. 

Maybe lleechef can enlighten us more, this is just a guess on my part but I know how important making good consommé is in the culinary world. 

I've never heard of making consommé as a test.  I have, however, heard of making an absolutely perfect omelette as a test which is a hell of a lot harder to do!!!  Escoffier himself used to test prospective cooks by watching them make one.
post edited by lleechef - 2014/02/28 14:06:16
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/28 14:21:29
Thanks for playin'..
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/02/28 20:24:34
CCinNJ

Thanks for playin'..

What were we "playin'"? 
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/03/01 09:47:21
lleechef


MH always wanted one.......

What did he want it for to level a coffee table ????????  I don't use cook books, why would I want to put some one elses creative juices on my plate. I would prefer to present my own version and vision and not clone someone elses ideas........
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:What is your favorite "go to" cookbook? 2014/03/01 11:39:37
He wanted it because he didn't have it. But it's really a great trove of culinary (didn't think he knew that word, did you?) information.