Good Housekeeping Cookbook, The

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By now you have probably figured out that I like this book and you may be wondering why it only got a 7 out of 10. That is because I have not found a general knowledge book that can do it all. This one is the best I have found but it still does not do it all.

Before Good Housekeeping my favourite general knowledge book was Joy of Cooking. I still have my copy and even go through it now and then, but it has not made it back onto my general use shelf.

I feel that the writing of the recipes is better and easier to follow in Good Housekeeping and that the amount and detail of general kitchen and preparation knowledge is invaluable to the serious home cook.

Now remember that the book that I am reviewing was published in 1963. I have not looked at the newer editions and I know that there is even an illustrated version of the book for food porn lovers, but I have always leaned a bit more to the technical side and in most cases a good description of a process or a finished plating is enough. Everyone is different.

But if you find yourself looking for that perfect gift for a kid heading off to college or a couple getting married, get them a good general knowledge cookbook and a couple of really nice knives. Several years down the road, your gifts will be the ones that are still being used and treasured.