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Cookbook Review: The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook

Updated on September 28, 2008

Tired of tiny servings and overpriced haute cuisine? While there are certainly appropriate times and places for gourmet meals, many times what you want is classic meal ideas that remind you of your childhood family dinners. If you're looking for a collection of down-to earth, home-style recipes that have been updated to appeal to modern families, The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook just might be the perfect addition to your cookbook collection.

You won't find instructions for making overpriced meals with difficult to find ingredients. However, you also won't find true old time recipes that call for sautéing ground beef in lard or that require hours to prepare. This book combines the need for comfort food with the contemporary concerns of busy, health-conscious families.

The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook contains more than 400 recipes, compiled from the "best of the best" in the archives of the Old Farmer's Almanac. Many of the recipes are updated favorites that have been passed down among multiple generations. Some are prize winning recipes submitted by readers who have entered Old Farmer's Almanac recipe contests over the years.

What You'll Find in The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook:

There are twelve chapters and two special sections in The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook, each of which focusing on a different types of recipe. In addition, there is an extensive reference section packed with useful information that everyone who spends time in the kitchen needs to know.

Chapters and Sections Include:

  • Breakfast /Brunch
  • Appetizers/Snacks
  • Soups/Chowders/Stews
  • Salads/Dressings
  • Vegetables/Side Dishes
  • Poultry
  • Meats
  • Fish/Seafood
  • Pasta/Potatoes/Rice
  • Breads/Muffins/Pastries
  • Desserts
  • Canning/Preserving
  • Backyard Barbecues
  • Family Favorites

Who Needs this Book

The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook is a great choice for many people. It's a terrific starter cookbook for those just moving out on their own and newlyweds. However, it's also a great option for seasoned cooks who want to expand their repertoire of practical, family oriented meals. If you've forgotten how to make something that your mother or grandmother made for holiday meal occasions, you just might find the instructions in this book! The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook is also a wonderful choice for individuals who need to bring their cooking techniques into the 21st century - those who don't necessarily need to change what they are preparing, but who may need to adopt a more healthful approach to preparing comfort food selections.


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