Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book by Betty Crocker Editors

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  • CynthiasCooking on October 30, 2018

    This is the book I learned to cook from when I was growing up. In addition to all the details motioned on robm's comment, many of the recipes have nice variations. This book is my go-to when I need to know how to do something basic like make biscuits or roast a ham.

  • chawkins on June 13, 2013

    Notable recipes per 101 Classic Cookbooks: apple pie, berries and cream pie, black devil's food cake, blueberry pie, butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, maraschino cherry cake/poppy seed cake, peach cobbler, pie crust recipe, pigs in blanket, snickerdoodles, spaghetti with meatballs, spritz cookies, sugar jumbles, sweet dough yeast breads for delectable rolls and coffee cakes, upside down cake.

  • robm on August 20, 2011

    This book is a complete "blast from the past." If you're nostalgic for the cooking of the Ozzie and Harriet era, this is your book! As Jen points out, it's a compendium of American home-style baking at its post-war peak, so the recipes are still invaluable. It's also a general-purpose cookbook, so there are recipes for appetizers, meats, soups, etc. as well -- if you want to prepare a really retro dinner, you've found the book for that! But at least half of the book is devoted to baking. The book is also a cultural artifact: You'll love the illustrations of 1950s kitchens, dining rooms, place settings and food presentation! The book's design and layout are a bit dizzying, but the recipes are definitely worthwhile. There are also many illustrations of techniques. They may be a bit old-fashioned-looking, but they're still useful for the modern cook!

  • CookWorm on November 16, 2010

    If I could have only one cookbook, this would be it. Timeless, and enjoyable to cook from. Enjoy both the bound and 3 ring binder edition.

  • jen kalb on July 12, 2010

    This 1950 book documents American cake making at its best before the arrival of mixes - very good recipes

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • French toast

    • Dannausc on July 02, 2018

      Good and easy

  • Banana loaf

    • Dannausc on July 02, 2018

      Good but kind of dry.

  • Delicious white cake

    • ashallen on October 30, 2019

      This was a fine, basic white cake with a moderately fluffy but sturdy texture that works well with frosting or other add-ons - it'd be quite plain on its own. I made a 9x13-inch sheet cake but can see how the structure would do well in a layer cake. I took it from the oven at 200-205F in the center. Pulling it at 195-200F might have been better for getting it a bit moister but still cooked through (though it's not really a "moist" style of cake). I made it with half shortening and half butter as specified in the recipe - it'd be nice to try all butter. I frosted it with a chocolate frosting that sets up a bit firm and it wanted to peel away in a sheet from the cake during cutting - wetter/stickier frostings will probably adhere better. It used 4 egg whites which is great for working down my frozen egg white supply!

  • Silver white cake

    • ashallen on April 17, 2020

      A classic white cake that brings back memories of many, many birthday parties from the past! Fluffy, tender, and moist. I accidentally used too much flour (converted volume to weight assuming unsifted all purpose flour vs. sifted cake flour) but it still came out great. Looking forward to making it again with the correct amount. Used King Arthur's unbleached cake flour vs bleached cake flour and all butter for the shortening - worked well and great flavor. Very easy mixing method in which you simply beat the liquids into the dry ingredients+fat. This is a nice way to use up some extra egg whites, too. Update (2020.04.24): Made again and used the correct weight for sifted cake flour. Yielded a sweeter, richer, shorter cake with a finer, more compact crumb and a more melt-in-your-mouth texture. Also, cake took 5 fewer minutes to bake. We really enjoyed both versions. Preference will depend on the cake style one's going for.

  • Spritz

    • ashallen on September 14, 2019

      This is the first spritz cookie I ever tasted and I think I imprinted on it - it's still my favorite out of the various recipes I've tried! Melt-in-your-mouth tender, buttery, and beautiful when made with a cookie press.

  • Southern peach skillet pie

    • hjm on January 28, 2012

      This is one of my favorite recipes. I replace the milk with cream, which makes the dough a little drier and easier to handle (and yummier).

    • candacey on August 26, 2017

      Everyone loved it. Great way to use up peaches.

  • Cabin casserole

    • Dannausc on August 24, 2019

      Super easy. Pretty decent.

  • Texas hash

    • Dannausc on August 24, 2019

      Super easy and tasty.

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  • ISBN 10 0028627717
  • ISBN 13 9780028627717
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 26 1998
  • Format Loose leaf
  • Page Count 449
  • Language English
  • Edition Facsimile of 1950 ed
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher John Wiley & Sons
  • Imprint Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.

Publishers Text

It's the book that started it all, the well-loved edition that first brought Betty Crocker cookbooks into American homes and hearts. Published in 1950, this ground-breaking title made cooking easy, it made cooking appealing, and best of all, it made cooking fun. Packed full of practical tips, useful hints, and lavish color photography, this was the book that shaped cooking for generations, the book that people remember.

Every recipe you -- or your mother -- ever wanted is here, from pigs in blankets, to Emergency Steak to Chicken Tomato Aspic. Enjoy the clever ideas throughout -- twelve months of birthday cake ideas, showing how to decorate a cake to match each month's gem stone, pointers to make setting up a kitchen easy, or hints to make housework more pleasant.

Feel a part of history when making Home Front Macaroni, developed during WW II rationing to stretch meat. Get into the spirit of fun with a Betty Crocker Cookie Shine or cookie baking party. People who grew up with this book will want it for the memories; those who are new to the book will want it for its charm and its intelligent approach to cooking. It's a perfect keepsake and a great gift.

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