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Best "basic" cookbook to give my daughter?

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Best "basic" cookbook to give my daughter?

Lew P. | Jan 15, 2004 11:06 AM

My daughter just asked me to suggest a good cookbook for a beginner like herself who loves good food but is an inexperienced cook. She and her husband, both busy professionals with two children, have been working hard to keep a New Year's resolution to cook at home rather than eating out and taking out. She has some excellent cookbooks that family and friends have given her, but she feels the need for a more "basic" book that does not take for granted that the reader knows cooking techniques and terminology. So what's the best book to suggest? My first thought was THE JOY OF COOKING, since my wife and I still consult our well-worn 1964 edition. But she needs something more up-to-date. Is the new edition the best choice? I believe some Chowhounders have written favorably of Jean Anderson's NEW DOUBLEDAY COOKBOOK. And what about the GOOD HOUSEKEEPING COOKBOOK or the new FANNIE FARMER COOKBOOK? To judge from the testimonials on Amazon, these seem to appeal to the same market, but I do not know these books. Any advice would be sincerely appreciated.

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