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Old 03-01-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I started cooking years ago with a copy of Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything. It is a great beginners book but it grows with you too. I still use its recipes, hints and lessons.

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Old 03-01-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I learned to cook from "The Joy of Cooking"
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:07 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, USVI - Seattle, WA - Gulf Coast, TX
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I'll second the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.

It's a really great manual for a new cook, including not only really well-explained recipes in a myriad of categories, but offering education, info on tools/equipment, ingredients, different techniques... I feel confident in saying it's pretty much the best book out there for a novice cook today. It is more comprehensive, more modern/accessible, and less intimidating than other cookbooks. It has a wide range of recipes, many of which are not too complicated and reasonably healthy. OF COURSE I love Julia Child, but Better Homes and Gardens is better/more accessible for young or new cooks. For your specific situation, it sounds like the best fit.
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Forget the cookbook, use the internet. There are thousands of videos demonstrating cooking techniques and recipes.
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:44 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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In my opinion the best cook books are Farm Journal Cookbooks because they use natural ingredients found in farmer's markets. Unprocessed foods are always more healthy. Dewey number 641.5

Healthy recipes can also be found in exercise books. Dewey number 613.7

Farm Journal Meal and Menu Planner is one of my favorite books.

http://www.amazon.com/Farm-Journals-.../dp/0525931163

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Old 03-01-2016, 02:47 PM
 
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America's Test Kitchen.

Very good book.

Not only recipes, but lots of information about cooking equipment and utensils, ingredients, and cooking methods.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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Forget the cookbook, use the internet. There are thousands of videos demonstrating cooking techniques and recipes.
Ta Da!!!!!! Excellent suggestion.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:15 PM
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Forget the cookbook, use the internet. There are thousands of videos demonstrating cooking techniques and recipes.
Very good idea. I hardly ever look at a cookbook any more unless I just want to. If you have certain items you want to put together to make a casserole just google the foods and put recipe in the search. Up will pop a recipe using those ingredients.

Recipes using boneless skinless chicken breasts

http://www.recipe.com/recipes/chicken/breasts/boneless/

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Old 03-01-2016, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Kanada 🍁
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I could not do without my inherited cook and baking books from my grandmothers and my mother.They are priceless to me.All German,Austrian,East Prussian recipes either handwritten or bought.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:30 PM
 
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Thaks everyone for suggestions I'll look them up. I also mostly use internet for my recipes but the reason I want to get him a cook book is because I think he will not sit and search out recipes. I do believe that if he gets the hang of cooking basic proteins and veggies he will use a cook book.
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