New Look, Same Great Taste - Rediscovering Classic Cookbooks

New cookbooks come out by the dozens every month, but why mess with what you know works? The tried-and-true classics are refreshed on a regular basis so you'll find the trendy recipes alongside your mom’s meatloaf recipe.

Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook 
If you prefer a comprehensive cookbook by a trusted source, Better Homes & Gardens published their most recent edition in 2018. Choose from meatless dishes, dips, and using your slow cooker for breakfast. Not to be left behind the current trends, BH&G also has possibilities for using your pressure cooker and Instant Pot.

The Joy of Cooking
One of the most popular American cookbooks, The Joy of Cooking has probably crossed your path at some point. Even Julia Child praised it. The 75th anniversary edition returns to its homey roots but remains a go-to resource for beginners and experienced cooks with illustrations on knife skills, separating cake layers, and making tamales. If your resolution was to eat healthier, the nutrition chapter is what you want. Of course, The Joy of Cooking wouldn’t be the same without its timeless recipes reinvented for today’s tastes and needs.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking
What is a cookbook list without Julia Child? Her cookbooks and TV programs, are said to have introduced French food to the American masses. Child covers it all in this 2 volume set with more than 500 recipes and her attention to detail, one that makes the cookbooks resemble encyclopedias. Trust that each food is authentic but, in an effort to be friendly to American audiences, may include substitutions for items that are commonly found in your neighborhood grocery story. 

Betty Crocker Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today’s Kitchen 
Go beyond the boxed cake mix with Betty Crocker. Her lost recipes will take you back to the standards of yesteryear, such as beef stroganoff, stuffed peppers, and chiffon cake. Added are tidbits from Betty Crocker history, excerpts from the editions of the 1950s and 1960s, and notes of how the recipes originated. Many recipes include making food from scratch while the other updated Betty Crocker recipes may use shortcuts that are readily available.

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Food Magazine 
Cook’s Illustrated magazine and America’s Test Kitchen may not count as a classic but it certainly is one that people have relied on for decades. The cookbook offers tested, foolproof recipes with additions and tips learned by the experts. You can concentrate on the recipes or teach yourself about cooking skills such as seasoning cast-iron skillets and rinsing rice.

The Taste of Country Cooking 
Last but not least, Edna Lewis wrote her seminal cookbook celebrating her Southern roots that focuses on foods for each season. Full of remembrances, the cookbook provides her story about her life on a farm with a heaping helping of nostalgia. Local foods were her focus to create simple but delicious recipes that charm people decades after she first began.

Prefer to download your cookbooks because screens are easier to wipe clean? Browse our online selection of ebooks in Overdrive’s cooking and food section. Explore new titles and revisit the classics without worrying about inadvertant splashing! You’ll also find cookbooks by popular personalities like Alton Brown and bestsellers like Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Would you rather have new recipes presented to you each month? Browse our online selection of magazines in RBdigital’s food and cooking section. Flip through to discover the recipe for tonight’s dinner before even leaving work. Delight in the seasonal foods and holiday treats that most magazines highlight without a growing stack of issues headed for the recycling bin!

Guest blog submitted by Stacy G., Books & Borrowing

Written by Dodie on February 14, 2019


Lisa on February 15, 2019


Thanks for the fun post!  A classic Colorado cookbook is the Junior League's Colorado Cache Cookbook.  Everything recipe in it is good, especially the chocolate cake.  

Alan on February 21, 2019


Nice selection of classic cookbooks!
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