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Cook Books, Recipes
I'm looking for recommendations for cook books. Something with a decent variety but doesn't have most recipes calling for one-use ingredients that only come in servings to make the recipe a few dozen times. Something home style with decent proportions (e.g. not food network or Iron Chef proportions).

Any recommendations?

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zimzat From: zimzat Date: October 11th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I was considering that one in the book store but I wasn't sure it would contain any foods other than French (or if that would even matter).

If nothing else turns up I'll look into it more.
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raist_ From: raist_ Date: October 12th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I second this. It's a classic.
pdmorehouse From: pdmorehouse Date: October 11th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I highly recommend the america's test kitchen cookbooks. they have taken some great recipes and made them simpler and easier to make. i use them regularly. their Chicken Tikka Masala is amazing.
legolastn From: legolastn Date: October 11th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of my first cookbooks was Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen! and I still have it and love it. Obviously it is designed for the beginner, the recipes don't require fancy ingredients, equipment, or techniques. It has lots of good recipes and the proportions tend to be modest.

Rachel Ray's cookbooks (and foodtv.com recipes) can be a good choice. They're usually relatively simple and in the cookbooks, at least, she designs a whole meal to go together, which is nice from a planning perspective, although you can also definitely leave things out or mix/match. The proportions are typically for four so you could cut the ingredients in half for a meal plus leftovers, or if you prefer no leftovers or normally have even smaller portions, you could use a quarter of the ingredients.

Finally, I really like http://allrecipes.com/ because you can search by ingredients as well as recipe and you can adjust the number of servings for ANY of the recipes and it will calculate new proportions of ingredients. It also has the added advantage of being free. :)
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