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Old 11-18-2010, 11:39 AM
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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A friend mentioned that she would like to get her 16 year old daughter a simple cookbook with easy recipes and clear directions.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, zugor
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:46 AM
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Any hints on what type of foods she likes to eat?? All American, Asian, Southern, and beginers baking. I would also suggest a book on basic cooking terms and spices... Amazon has an amazing selection of beginer cookbooks.. I'm sure finding a book at a local large bookseller like booksamillion
would also be an easy to do thing..
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:11 PM
Location: East Nashville, 37206
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I haven't read this person's cookbook yet, but I am a fan of her website & if it's anything like the website, it will have step by step photo instructions for EVERY recipe. Step by step photos throughout the whole process would be great for a beginner

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl [Book]#

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Old 11-18-2010, 03:08 PM
Location: Pittsburgh
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My teenager loves the Usborne cooking series, "Cooking for beginners" and "Cakes & Cookies for Beginners". She makes most of the recipes herself. They include step by step illustrations and pictures. She is now learning more complicated recipes and likes Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, which we found in a local Five Below store.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:11 PM
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Default The Settlement Cook Book

For young and old, "The Settlement Cook Book" beats all others

I've found that "The Settlement Cook Book", sub-titled "The Way To A Man's Heart", (1965 ed.), published by Simon and Schuster, NY is the best cook book that I've encountered. (Note: later editions were changed so much, that they declined rather than improved!)

First issued in 1910, it's the creation of The Settlement Cook Book Company of Milwaukee, WI.

Its breadth of recipes and clear, straight instructions can not be beat.
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Old 11-20-2010, 06:05 PM
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Jamie Oliver has some great books for beginners. Jamie's Kitchen and Cook with Jamie are both full of basic techniques and really useful photos. I would say I learnt a lot of what I know about cooking from Jamie Oliver.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:54 AM
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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I would suggest a subscription to Taste of Home or Quick Cooking (Reiman Publications). Easy, varied recipes and they are always a winner in my house. Plus it is a gift that gives all year long!
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:43 PM
Location: PNW
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The official Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, and/or Betty Crocker. They're classics, with recipes for just about any staple food you'd want to make, and the directions are clear and concise.
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:34 PM
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Cook books with lots of pictures of the steps are the way to go for teenagers because they really have no idea what the dish is supposed to look like at various steps mostly having seen these things only as completed dishes. Recipe books are not really much help.

Accordingly, I would recommend the Good-Cook-Techniques-Recipes Series. These were very expensive and sold in series about 20-30 years ago and have modern recipes with lots of technique pointers. They are subject oriented so you have to buy a lot of them. But, to start, Soups and Beef and Breads are all top notch.

They are very cheap today and are available on Ebay, Amazon and all used bookstores.

Here's an example:

Amazon.com: Breads (The Good Cook Techniques & Recipes Series) (9780809429004): Richard Olney, Carol Cutler, Judith Olney, Tom Belshaw: Books

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