Treasured Recipes: 200 Prize-Winning Dishes from America's Hometown Cooks

Treasured Recipes: 200 Prize-Winning Dishes from America's Hometown Cooks

by Better Homes & Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens Editors
     
 

Tried and true winners from the most trusted name in the kitchen.

Book-of-the-Month Club Feature Selection.

Recipes collected from Better Homes and Gardens magazine's Prize Tested Recipe Contest-America's longest-running recipe contest-since 1924!

More than half of recipes pictured in full color.
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Overview

Tried and true winners from the most trusted name in the kitchen.

Book-of-the-Month Club Feature Selection.

Recipes collected from Better Homes and Gardens magazine's Prize Tested Recipe Contest-America's longest-running recipe contest-since 1924!

More than half of recipes pictured in full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After nearly 80 years of sponsoring recipe contests in its magazine (when first prize was originally $5--a week's worth of groceries in 1923), Better Homes and Gardens offers this collection that includes a few standout recipes (for example, Festive Cranberry-Apricot Pie) and lots of kitschy fun. Each recipe is accompanied by its creator's name and the year it was selected a winner, and many also sport sidebars on the popularity of certain foods over the years--an award-winning Hawaiian Lemonade from 1959 is paired with a note explaining that at one time any dish that contained pineapple was tagged Hawaiian and that in the 1950s it was chic to throw luau-themed parties. Many of the older recipes suggest modern-day shortcuts, such as Good Seed Bread made with a bread machine, and Microwave Candy-Bar Fudge mix. Dishes with ethnic influences sound light and appealing, including Lemony Italian Salad, a pretty composition of lentils, Parmesan, spinach and prosciutto, and Basil Chicken in Coconut Sauce, the grand-prize winner in 1997, which mixes Indian and Thai flavors. America's timeless love of sweets is in evidence with a multitude of desserts, as well as sweet side dishes like Cranberry Fluff (a melange of cranberries, apples, grapes and miniature marshmallows). With the something-old-something-new formula, this book has its place on a well-stocked backlist, but is unlikely to cause any ripples in the market when it arrives. 110,000 first printing. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Better Homes and Gardens' "Prize-Tested Recipe Contest," the source of this collection, was first held in 1924, and although most of the recipes here are from the 1950s or later, they offer an interesting look at changing food fashions--making the book slightly reminiscent, in fact, of Jean Anderson's fascinating American Century Cookbook. As a cookbook, though, it is somewhat humdrum; many of the recipes rely on convenience foods, and others seem a bit contrived (e.g., Artichoke-Chili Dip, Fruit Salad with a pineapple-peanut butter dressing). Nevertheless, this is sure to be in demand. [BOMC featured selection.] Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780696211591
Publisher:
Meredith Books
Publication date:
10/01/1900
Series:
Better Homes and Gardens Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.46(w) x 10.16(h) x 1.14(d)

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