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The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook

The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook

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by Good Housekeeping, Ann Bramson (Editor), Mildred Ying (Designed by)

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The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook was an instant classic when it appeared in 1980. Now, over a million copies later, comes this revised and expanded edition for novice and experienced cook alike. Here, from the same famous Good Housekeeping Institute's kitchens, is a wealth of information for today's modem cook -- from microwave cooking to fast and


The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook was an instant classic when it appeared in 1980. Now, over a million copies later, comes this revised and expanded edition for novice and experienced cook alike. Here, from the same famous Good Housekeeping Institute's kitchens, is a wealth of information for today's modem cook -- from microwave cooking to fast and easy menus for all occasions, time-saving shopping and preparation tips and new nutritional data.

Exciting new four-color photographs and more than 5,000 illustrations take you step by step through every phase of the cooking experience, demonstrating such techniques as measuring, dicing, julienning, grating, beating, and folding. Over 1,400 recipes -- from appetizers and soups to eggs and pasta, from meat and poultry to sandwiches and breads, from sauces and candy to desserts and beverages -- have been triple-tested by Good Housekeeping for infallibility, ease, good taste and value.

Good Housekeeping recipes are always perfectly clear, taking the guesswork out of the kitchen. Instructions give at least two ways to determine the doneness of every dish, explain in detail all crucial techniques, give exact sizes and measurements, eliminate unnecessary steps, and supply overall preparation times for every recipe.

Other outstanding features include:

Complete menus for entertaining

A chapter devoted to microwave cooking: more than 70 new recipes, plus illustrated methods and techniques

A full-color photo gallery of over 900 dishes

Calorie counts and nutritional information for each recipe

An illustrated dictionary of herbs and spices, as well as a comprehensive glossary of food and cooking terms

Critical facts about different kinds of food, cooking times, cutting and carving directions, and storage procedures

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Hearst Books
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8.86(w) x 11.34(h) x 1.48(d)

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Shrimp Scramble

4 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1 4-1/2-ounce can shrimp

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard

2 English muffins, split

butter or margarine
1. In medium bowl with fork, beat eggs and milk. Drain shrimp and stir into eggs with salt, pepper and mustard. Toast muffins; butter and keep warm.

2. In 10-inch skillet, over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add egg mixture; cook, stirring lightly with fork.

3. When eggs are set and creamy, spoon over toast muffin halves. Serve immediately.

Color index page 28

Begin 15 mins ahead

2 servings

459 cals per serving

Good source of calcium, iron, vitamin A

Copyright © 1989 and 1980 by The Hearst Corporation

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The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook: America's Bestselling Step-by-Step Cookbook, with More Than 1,400 Recipes 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a novice to intermediate cook, or an expert cook that wants to expand your culinary horizons this is the book for you. The recipes are nearly foolproof and extremely good. The book provides a full colored photo of what the dish will look like when done. Although I will say for the baking recipes the pictures are more to what it ¿should look like¿. The step-by-step illustration of the cooking process makes even the more complex recipes easier to understand. My only reservation with the cookbook come from the fact that they do not list what ¿special¿ cooking utensils or equipment you will need to prepare the recipe. Requiring one who is working out of an under equipped kitchen to read the recipe carefully before proceeding ¿ which they should do anyway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My parents were very good cooks when I was growning up and always had a variety of cookbooks on the shelves. When my wife and I married in '82, we went to look for a cookbook to add to the recipies we had acquired from our parents. We liked this book because it gave us base information (measurements, cooking times for standard fare, storing time for frozen food, entire meal plans and the like.) We have used this book to wow our friends every Christmas with simple candy recipies like fudge, melt away mints and peanut brittle to add to our traditional fare. It has an amazing collection of dishes that are tasty and easy to prepare. We recently gave one to our son when he wanted a cookbook. He asked us to send him 'the bible'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best cookbook I own, and the only one a new cook needs. I refer to it just about every week for inspiration as well as recipes. It is comprehensive, well organized, with a photo of just about all recipes, many illustrations of technique, and a wonderful microwave section. I have given many copies as gifts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the ULTIMATE cookbook. Everyone new cook should own it! I cannot tell you how much I love this book, and use it many times a week. It was imperative to me as a new cook, especially my first Thanksgiving. My mother had the first edition and I HAD to own it when I moved out on to my own. It makes a great housewarming or wedding gift because it will be used often. I love that every recipe has a photo to accompany it. Pictures really help to visualize the food you are making. Sometimes I pick a meal based off the picture! I use the pie crust and apple pie recipe every holiday and people always rave about them. I regularly use the stew recipes, breads, muffins, and au gratin potatoe recipes. It even helps with basic things, like how to peel fruits, bake potatoes, things some kids never know how to do if they didn't help their parents cook. Love this cookbook! I just wish all the pages were water/spill proof! lol
MarilynJoy More than 1 year ago
My mother bought me the original hard cover copy 29 years ago when I got married! I still love this cookbook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mother gave me a copy of this book when I was married 25 years and 3 kids ago. I love to cook and bake and do so almost every single day. This is most definitely the best book for just beginning and experienced cooks. I compare new recipes to recipes in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I wanted a good, basic cookbook besides Joy of Cooking. The only recipe I've tried so far is the one for Fudgy Brownies, and next time I would cut the flour in half from 2 cups to one cup - because their brownies are rather cake-like, though very chocolate-y, and I like really chewy brownies. A nice cookbook to look through covering a lot of the basic American recipes.
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I received this book in 1980 as a gift from my Mother. I am now 62 years old and collect cookbooks. Good Houskeeping Illustrated has been the most overall informative cookbook of my collection. And I have a LOT of cookbooks. It is my go to cookbook. This is a must have for everyone. It would makes an excellent wedding gift. I try to give one to all the youngsters in our family who are just starting out on their own, married or not.
Roeboat More than 1 year ago
I have many cookbooks and this is by far the best of the bunch. This book is good for experienced cooks as well as beginners. Easy step by step instructions and pictures, I highly recommend this book.
Whitewzrd More than 1 year ago
I bought this cookbook when it originally came out in 1991 and absolutley love it. Its such a good book that when my wife and I divorced, she took the cookbook. It was the first one I HAD too add to my new collection. This book is awesome if you love to cook, is easy to use, and is a perfect starter book if you have a daughter or son thats going out on their own and just getting started.
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I have bought this book for wedding gifts many times and will continue to do so. It's great, especially for beginners.
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BarbC More than 1 year ago
I bought the original edition in 1980 and still use it as my first reference and for ideas and how-tos, but the book itself is showing its age. When my daughter, who was brought up on recipes from the book, asked for my bread recipe because the Joy of Cooking and Better Homes and Gardens recipes just didn't come out right, I told her that I always used the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. She asked me to scan to recipe and instructions, but giving her this updated edition is much better because she will have the entire book. Happy Birthday, Daughter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book almost thirty years ago when I was first married. The cover is now worn, the binding has tape on it, but its the first thing that I reach for when looking for a great recipe. My daughter is now on her own and I gave this to her as a gift. She was so happy to have a copy of her own now. She just loves it too. The best thing about this book is that there is a picture of each and every dish that there is a recipe for and you can see what you are cooking!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Good Housekeeping Cookbooks! I give them as gifts, especially to newly married, new cooks. It is a great foothold because Good Housekeeping teaches and illustrates everything!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a lot of cookbooks and this is the only on I use. I have had it for years and it is falling apart. My mother in-law was at my house and saw it now she wants a copy. So I am here to get her her very own. That's a switch...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the 1989 version of this cookbook & will be purchasing a new book only because after ALL these years...this is the book I have ALWAYS gone back to! My original cookbook has been used sooo much that pages are food stained and falling out but it is the one I always turn to! In ordering a new copy of this cookbook, now I can cut out the recipes from my older cookbook and enjoy a clean copy!! :) The recipes are simple and there is just so much information in this cookbook! I highly recommend it for someone at any level of kitchen assistance they may need!! Enjoy!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife and I purchased a copy of this cookbook when we were married in 1979...we've been using it since...our copy has food stains from cooking scattered throughout the book AND is starting to come off the binding due to use....Two of my children got married this year...there will be a copy of this book under the tree for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the 1980 edition of this cookbook. A must for anyone wanting to learn how to cook. It is awesome. Step by Step instructions with color pictures of all recipes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having previously burned several meals, I was given this outstanding cookbook as a newlywed. Not only does it give step-by-step directions, but each and every receipe I have attemped, has been a delicious pleasure. I have since become quite the cook. For the past 23 years, it has easily been my favorite, and one I have highly recommened. I intend to purchase one for each of my daughters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so easy to read and follow. My son who graduated from high school last year wants this book for his birthday!