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12/29/11 10:45 P

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I learned to cook from my mother, but over the years I have used many cookbooks. Now I watch a lot of the cooking shows on tv and on the internet I now cook great and different dishes from scratch. I never cook the same thing twice exactaly the same way. I enjoy the adventure of trying new things. Hubby enjoys it also

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12/29/11 9:01 P

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Key phrase: "Just have FUN with it!!" emoticon

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12/29/11 1:19 P

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300 cookbooks!!!! wow and I thought I had to many with my 20 or so.

I have my late grandmother's Betty Crocker, don't know the year. But I go back to it always.

I also have "Cooking for Dummies" or something like that. I also enjoy that one as much.

Just have fun with it.

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12/29/11 1:00 P

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I learned to cook with my mom's 1942 Woman's Home Companion cookbook and it is my go-to because it tells how to make everything from scratch, even your own biscuit mixes. set tables, canning, jams, jellies to decorating cakes and just about anything else a person wants to make. The binding and pages are getting loose, after all it is as old as I am and is yellowed with age.

Myself, I don't use recipes much other than guidelines. I like to toss things together and make simple foods as I live alone.

Good luck in your search.

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12/29/11 12:00 P

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WOW!? God question. I own over 300 cookbooks. I got started with Jeff Smith's 'Frugal Gourmet' cookbook series. I would also recommend any of the 'Biggest Loser' and 'Clean Eating' cookbooks. Bittman's 'Food Matters Cookbook', there are several 5 Ingrediant cookbooks, also figure out what your favorite ethnic cuisine is and look for cookbooks for that cuisine.
Money tight; order your cookbooks on-line from Amazon, BUT use the 'used' search.

Have fun AND ask questions!!

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12/29/11 9:25 A

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Thanks for all of the advice! Are there any cookbooks you would suggest that is good for beginners?

Sandi

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12/28/11 7:01 P

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I always tell people to start at the local library. Cookbooks are expensive, and online recipes are great...if you know what you are looking for. The library is free and they have a TON of WW and other lowcal cookbooks. Many cookbooks spend time explaining pantry, equipment, techniques, all the things that can help you get comfortable in a kitchen, and love the results. If you find a cookbook that has lots of info and recipes you like, THEN it's worth the expense of purchase.

Welcome to the adventure!!

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FULLOFFIGURE's Photo FULLOFFIGURE Posts: 1,479
12/28/11 4:52 P

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Great advice ChefSophie.

That is exactly how I started. No more than five ingredients and only food I knew about.

Now, I'm making a new recipe every week and on occasion with a food I've never had before.

And I love my slow cooker. It's used everyweek.


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12/28/11 4:34 P

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Hi and welcome to our team. You may want to check out sparkrecipes for some ideas for easy recipes. Also if you have a slow cooker/crockpot, those recipes are also usually relatively easy. Start by making things without too many ingredients and then work your way up. Before you know it you will be turning out all kinds of great things.

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SMILE2HAPPINESS's Photo SMILE2HAPPINESS Posts: 2,103
12/28/11 4:26 P

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I am pretty new to cooking. I mean, I can cook little kid things like: eggs, pancakes, pasta, simple tacos or burritos, but I think that my recipes are pretty limited and my kitchen lingo is almost obsolete. Where should I start? There is so much info about cooking that I feel overwhelmed. What are the basics???

Sandi

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