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The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookbook: Essential Recipes for Every Home Cook Ring-bound – Oct 4 2011

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  • Ring-bound: 690 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; Ring Binder edition (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588169057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588169051
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 23.1 x 7.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #778,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A]n ideal gift for a young or emerging home cook." --Publishers Weekly 

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Format: Ring-bound Verified Purchase
I was taken aback when I saw the large parcel I was handled - I expected it to be the normal size of most cookbooks. But it does not change anything - the recipes will be just as good except I have a small kit chen !!!! But I can manage.
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This book has lots of useful information and I've always been a sucker for cookbooks with lots of colourful pictures.
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By Thelma B Bacon on Sept. 6 2014
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A great book as a great fan of Good Housekeeping cookbooks of which I have many.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not so good Feb. 1 2012
By wogan - Published on
Format: Ring-bound
I have been a huge fan of Good Housekeeping cookbooks. The book we have from many years ago, is very used and still going strong - giving us instructions on how to prepare our first turkey, easy to find charts on how long to cook roasts and was the basis for much of what our cooking skills would develop into. Granted this is not presented as a general cookbook, but the primary help it offers is by smartphone or web sites, not with your recipes.

Recipes included are; appetizers and salads, soups and stews, chicken and poultry, beef, pork, veal, and lamb, fish and seafood, pasta and noodles, grains, rice and beans, grilling, casseroles and one pot meals, weeknight meals, meatless, breakfast and brunch, cookies and brownies, cakes, pies and puddings.
There are pages in the beginning with general information such as kitchen equipment and brief sections on how to set a table and dinner parties. Icons are included for 30 minutes or less, heart healthy, low calorie, make ahead, slow cooker. Pictures are included with most recipes, charts give volume and metric equivalents, food substitutions, equivalents and storage information, there is also an index.

My main complaint with the book is its construction. For a company that says it tests everything and gives a seal of approval, they sure slipped up here. When I received the book it had already broken out of one of its brackets, they are very small and will definitely not hold. The rings for the binder pages catch on the pages and tend to tear the pages when you turn them and there are gouges where the rings pop open and damage the inside cover...what a disappointment, no matter how good the recipes are - they really aren't much different from other cookbooks anyway.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Broken Binder Dec 12 2011
By Sam - Published on
Format: Ring-bound Verified Purchase
This is the second broken Good Housekeeping cookbook that I have purchased in the last week, the first one was purchased from a Barnes & Noble bookstore. With both cookbooks the binder rivets have pulled away from the book cover. The problem is manufacturing, the rivets are too small. The packaging was done properly so I would say that the quality control department is at fault. Too bad, the cookbook looks like a nice one. I will return the second one and try one more time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Does not stand up Jan. 13 2013
By Denise Fennell - Published on
Format: Ring-bound
My hubby got me this book because of my love of cooking. I have cooked 3 recipes from this book, and quite honestly do think I will be cooking anything else from it. The phrase "test kitchen" should have been a clue.

Of the recipes I tried both were over cooked, under seasoned and just plain blah. I have one of the original Good House Keeping books from my grandmother. Those recipes are great.

But this book falls flat. Did anyone actually cook these recipes before publication? I cannot imagine that each and every recipe was tested before it went to print. Such a travesty. You would be better off googling a recipe than use one from this publication.

I had such high hopes based on the original book. But this only offers gimmicks like QR codes which I thought would offer more on technique. Sadly not.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Time to update the original... Oct. 26 2011
By Frankie Joey - Published on
Format: Ring-bound Verified Purchase
Just received my copy of this cookbook, and I immediately ordered a second as a hostess gift for my niece as a T-Day thank you gift. As hard as throwing away my old, truly beaten up original, the deed is done. This collection is unrivaled as a resource for today's kitchen...
binder sucks bigtime. Was not working (closing) from day one Oct. 1 2015
By adam moore - Published on
Format: Ring-bound Verified Purchase
binder sucks bigtime. Was not working (closing) from day one. Saved for a few months but when I could not flip through the pages without taking every page out and rebinding them I just threw the whole thing out. Total waste of money.