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Good Housekeeping Cookery Book

4.6 out of 5 stars 234 customer reviews

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  • Unknown Binding
  • ASIN: B0010QIXFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,000,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a previous edition (12th) and that copy has become tattered and worn with constant use. I was chuffed to bits to get this new edition. There are some interesting new recipes non European origin and I welcome this but not at the expense of some'old fashioned' recipes. I accept that I don't actually need to look in a recipe book anymore for some family favourites but meatloaf, fish pie, pot roast beef, ox tail stew, stuffed sheeps hearts and rabbit pie all staples with my children as they were growing up have been dropped.Is my family unusual in enjoying and prefering Chicken Maryland (now omitted) to Tandori Chicken?. The section on desserts has been over zealously revised. There is a new Lemon Meringue Pie recipe that replaces a tried and tested version and is inferior. There's clearly a conscious decision to go for lighter less fattening deserts. It's an editorial decision that means there is no recipe for Spotted dick, Sussex Pond pudding, Apple Charlotte, Jam Roly Poly or Eve's Pudding that are regulars on Sundays in this house. At least Treacle Tart survives the cut.

On a minor note I also found the headings and index were difficult to read because of a decision not to use bold print for other than the initial headings.I do understand that there has to be change if the Good Housekeeping Guide is to stay relevant but this edition made me feel like something from the dark ages and I'm still in my 40s! There is plenty to admire but in the end I found a good condition copy of the 1985 edition and gave this copy to my eighteen year old daughter.
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Format: Hardcover
My mother was given this as a wedding present in 1942; I was given it as an engagement present from my grandmother in 1972; when we divorced, my husband bought a copy for himself; and now my 29 year old son has putr it forward as a suggestion for his next birthday - he wants one for his kitchen. The only improvement I could suggest is that the pages should be in wipe clean plastic - it's been used so much that it's dog-eared and food smirched!
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By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding product. It contains almost every recipie that you'll ever need and much, much more. I saw an old 1980's copy of this book that a good friend of mine owned and decided to buy this from Amazon. I am very, very impressed and would commend this to any chef, cook or house wife/husband. Get a copy whilst you can!
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Format: Hardcover
I learned to cook from the old version or this in the early 80's, and my mother learned from the even older version in the early 60's. Until I was bought this for Xmas, I was still using the old version as my reference when I wanted to check on basic cooking techniques and reference. I had asked for and was delighted to be bought the new version, and it is beautifully written and presented, with a much more contemporary flavour than the old book. It also has more illustrations in terms of cooking technique; how to dress a crab or fillet a fish for example.

However, I'm disappointed that some of the basic recipes have disappeared, things like meatloaf, fish pie or pot roast beef. There are more fiddly recipes, such as "skate with Black Butter and Rocket Mash", and I'm looking forward to trying some of these. Thing is, I a shelf full of cookery books of fancier dishes and more international cuisine; what I wanted was a reference book so I can check on the basics. Result? I'm still using the old version as my reference. On the menu tonight is Fish Pie from page 75 of the 1983 version
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By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is my favourite cookery book - and I have a few. The recipes are easy to follow and produce excellent results. There are some great classic recipes listed here, as well as some new and more exotic ones: ideal for both adventurous and more cautious cooks. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.
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By A Customer on 1 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I got married I was pretty useless in the kitchen... then I got this book! Easy to follow and all kind of food. Last year I top it up with the Good Housekeeping Vegetarian Book That is absolutely superb! Each recipe has its picture! Now I have losts of books but I always go back to this two.
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By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
this is the ultimate cook book, its all you will ever need. i bought my own copy aftre my mum got sick of me ringing her up and asking her for the recipies. althought the older versions are better because they have better pics this one is still good
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Format: Hardcover
At last! Recipes that work! Everything I've tried so far from this book works so well. There's a great mix of everyday food and party food. AND they tell you all the things no-one ever told you - like how to make a white sauce from scratch! HIGHLY recommended.
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