Betty Crocker Cookbook: Newlywed Edition

New Cookbook

Although I'm not a newlywed, I'm always interested in cookbooks geared to people starting out on a culinary journey together. When done well, these kinds of cookbooks usually include a helpful overview of the basics, including cooking techniques and pictures that make you actually want to eat the food — great for people just learning to cook on their own or together. So how did Betty Crocker's version play out?

Quick Facts

• Who Wrote It: Betty Crocker editors
• Who Published It: Betty Crocker, Third Edition
• Number Of Recipes: 1,500+ (with 1,100 photos)

• Recipe Highlights: Molasses-Mustard Ribs in the Oven, Pan-Fried Buffalo Chicken, Chai Drink Mix, Pickled Tarragon-Baby Carrots, Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread, Jicama-Avocado Salad With Jalapeno Cream Dressing, Stuffed Crust Pizza.

• Other Highlights: Betty Crocker cookbooks have been in almost every kitchen in America since our grandparents were young. The newlywed book has seen a lot of updates and additions over its 60 year history, and that's a good thing. There are a lot of helpful things happening in this book — full color spreads detailing cooking techniques and ingredients, as well as photos and diagrams of meat cuts, proper vegetable cooking techniques, and more.

It also has a lot of entertaining tips, meal planning for more than four people, even advice for organizing the kitchen.

• Who Would Enjoy This Book: Although it's geared to newlyweds, anyone looking to have a classic book on their shelf they can count on for basics would get use out of this cookbook. It's a little... wedding-ish, but if you can get past the dust jacket, it's a good resource for those who are setting up house, college kids out on their own, or those getting into cooking for the first time. 

That said, as an established cook, I will consider it a great asset to my own collection and plan on keeping it around!

Find it at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Betty Crocker Cookbook: Newlywed Edition

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