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Betty Crocker's Best of Baking: More Than 350 of America's Favorite Recipes [Hardcover]

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The novice and expert baker alike will love these classic recipes for delicious breads, pies, cookies, cakes, holiday treats, and even baked main and side dishes with techniques and hints to make every creation irresistible. Lit Guild & Doubleday Feat Alt.

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Is there anything more delightful than the smell of fresh bread or muffins wafting from the kitchen? Remember the pleasure of freshly baked pies and cakes, the fun of making cookies? Then you'll want Betty Crocker's Best of Baking, which showcases everyone's favorite recipes, as well as great new ideas.

Complete with chapters on breads -- including bread machine recipes; cookies; desserts, cakes, pies and more; main and side dishes; baking for kids; and holiday baking -- the book is bursting with delicious recipes that cover every occasion. Also included are tips, techniques, and hints to turn anyone into a baking pro. Whether you are a new baker or an old hand, you'll find this book indispensable, as well as irresistible!

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Studio: Betty Crocker
Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.29" Width: 8.27" Height: 1.45"
Weight:   3.64 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 21, 1997
Publisher   Betty Crocker
ISBN  0028620666  
ISBN13  9780028620664  

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Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., is a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Blumenthal graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, where he was awarded the Weiss Prize for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. He did his internal medicine and cardiology fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and then joined the medical school facility.Dr. Blumenthal was the principal developer of The Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, and he is the Director of Preventive Cardiology at Johns Hopkins. He is an official national spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA) and has cowritten more than 400 original research articles, state-of-the-art reviews and editorials dealing with many aspects of coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis management.

Juli Hermanson, M.P.H., R.D., is a senior nutrition scientist at the General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition in Minneapolis. As a registered and licensed dietitian, she specializes in nutrition communications, translating nutrition science into practical advice for healthy eating. She attained a bachelor of science degree in dietetics at Iowa State University and holds a master's degree in public health nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She has developed educational materials for patients and professionals on heart health nutrition.

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Wonderful Cookbook  Oct 11, 2007
This is the second copy of this book I have bought. I lost the first one in a move and I missed it so much, I bought it again. My mom and daughter both love it too. Recipes are standards but easy and great. I can always find something good to bake in this book. I think this is the Best of Betty Crocker.
Betty Crockers Best of Baking  Sep 9, 2003
This book has recipes that are easy to use, no complicated instructions. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to bake.
Not Exactly the Best  Jul 15, 2003
This is an admirable attempt at an all-purpose, easy to follow family cookbook. Sadly, this one is riddled with errors and not really suitable for much of anything.

It has the following chapters: All About Baking, Breads, Cookies, Main and Side Dishes, Desserts, Baking with Kids, and Holidays. The chapter on main dishes is rather out of place and inexplicable. The term "baking" usually implies desserts and sweets, not roast pork or polenta. The American usage of the word "baking" ordinarily does not include savory cooking besides bread.

The impetus behind this book is a versatile, wide-ranging collection of over 350 recipes that can be done by busy families, some members of which may not have a lot culinary skill or very much time. In that, it succeeds admirably. The recipes, for the most part, are simple and easy to do, and not time consuming nor difficult. While it has its share of frumpy, unappealing recipes like noodle casseroles, there is enough variety and interesting recipes to keep you occupied for a very long time. For example, the section on bread machines has so many interesting recipes that I want to convert several of them into ordinary bread recipes that can be done without the machine (Garlic-Basil Bread and Cherry-Almond Loaf, to name just two). It even has a special section of recipes designed just for children to do. The index of recipes at the beginning of each chapter is especially useful.

This book also has numerous errors and badly written recipes, which is rather surprising considering the source; one would ordinarily expect impeccable editing and proofreading. Several pictures are mislabeled (pp. 79, 58, 69, 233, 235). Some recipes contain typographical errors (pp. 43, 168, 183, 192, 194, 238, 402). Finally, a surprising 22 recipes have instructions that are either incomplete or not satisfactory for the average home cook. For example, several cake recipes instruct you to fill and frost a cake; this instruction is fine for experienced bakers who have done this before and already know how to do it, but not sufficient for the beginner.

I also object to the section "Baking with Kids". It does mark certain steps in recipes "adult help", an alert to children to get adult assistance, but this warning is not used often enough to make me feel safe about letting a child do these recipes, even under close and constant adult supervision. It warns both children and adults about the danger of sharp knives and electrical appliances, but these steps do not have any warnings on them in the recipes themselves. Also, it does not warn children or the adults about the most dangerous part of baking: the proper method of removing blazing hot pans from the oven, and appropriate steps and warnings.

Were it not for the omissions and errors, this would be a wonderful family cookbook. I do not recommend this book: the beginner will run into too many problems, and the experienced cook will find most of the recipes elementary and rather ordinary.

100 % delicious  Oct 15, 2002
Once again Betty Crocker didn't let me down. I bought this book last year and I use it all the time. It has great recipes, well explained and some of them have pictures also.
In this book you will find tutorials as well. I've done lots of recipes and all of them turned out great and had friends and a boyfriend asking for more. The book has seven chapters:

All about baking (cooking terms, ingredients glossary, how to's and mesuring ingredients)
Breads (yeast, quick and bread machine)

Main and side dishes
Baking with kids

Cinnamon-Raisin bread
Potato Refrigerator dough
Pesto biscuits
Muffins (all of them!!)
Zucchini bread
Cheesy breadsticks (easy and quick)
Ultimate chocolate chip cookie
...I could go on forever
hope you enjoy it as much as I did

Fantastic reasource for baking  Mar 8, 2001
Having grown up cooking with Betty Crocker I could not resist this book. This book has a wonderful and vast selection of good recipes. One thing I love about Betty Crocker is they kitchen test all recipes throughly. So you can feel comfortable about the recipes as they are written. I love to experiement, but like you, I hate feeling left in the dark when it comes to new recipes and their preparation. I would definately urge you to pick up this recipe if you want excellent baking recipes. They range from breads, sweets, cookies, cakes, and more. You will soon be cooking up all sorts of tasty treats for your loved ones.

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