Friday, November 02, 2012

Fantastical Feature: Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes

Published: Sept 13, 2012

Synopsis via Barnes & Noble:
Real recipes from real home cooks—they’re what make Taste of Home one of America’s most popular—and most trusted—names in home cooking. Over the years, we’ve featured tens of thousands of recipes in our magazines and websites. But what makes this book so special is that it features not just great recipes. Not just award-winning recipes. These are our best-loved recipes: The ones that conjure up heavenly aromas, that bring you back to Sunday dinner tables, summer picnics and holiday parties, that call vividly to mind the special cooks who made them. The ones that make you close your eyes, smile and say, “Mmmmm!”

They’re all here—cook-off winners and bake-sale favorites, must-have comfort foods and secret family recipes, regional specialties packed with flavor and style. This collection contains 1,485 of the most requested, most beloved dishes, all submitted by Taste of Home readers. Recipes for all occasions are included from Blueberry Cheesecake Flapjacks to Caramel Apple Bread Pudding, mouthwatering main dishes from Creamy Seafood-Stuffed Shells to Chicken with Rosemary Butter Sauce, and delicious dessert recipes from Magnolia Dream Cheesecake to Chocolate Ganache Tarts.
Here’s what else is included:

·        Top 100 favorites recipes
·        Prep/Cook Times
·        Recipe comments from our web community
·        Everyday ingredients
·        Easy-to-follow directions
·        How-to photos
·        Cooking tips
·        26 chapters
·        20 photo sections with 400 full-color photos

The most cherished magazine features are included: Mom Made it Best, Our Favorite Contributor’s Meals, Mealtime Express, Cooking for One or Two, Grand-Prize Winners and Potluck Picks. Besides special features, the remaining chapters cover everything from appetizers and beverages to entrees and sides and breads and desserts.

My Thoughts:
As you can see this is a very thorough cookbook. It covers just about everything you can think of. I quickly became a fan of Taste of Home when I reviewed one of the other cookbooks. This one was no different with over 200 pages of recipes! I finally narrowed it down to a few recipes I wanted to try immediately.

We tried...

Cinnamon Mocha Coffee from p. 84
I've been on a latte/frappuccino/homemade coffee kick lately, so I was really excited to try this recipe out. It was the perfect mixture of cinnamon, chocolate, and coffee. None of the flavors overpowered the other and it was perfect for a chilly morning.

Mini Corndogs from p. 11
My kids love corndogs, but I have always been a little weary to buy the ones from the store. I made a batch of these and packed them for my kindergartener's lunch. He loved them. They were simple to make and very cute.

Mom's Italian Bread from p. 94
I have been searching for a good bread recipe for months now. I've not been impressed by one that I've tried. When I made this one, I wasn't expecting to be blown out of the water like I was. It was the most perfect homemade bread. It was soft and the right amount of chewy. The flavor was amazing and the smell - even better. There is nothing more incredible than the smell of a loaf (or two) of bread baking in your house! I'm relieved that my search for a good bread recipe is over - I've found the best bread recipe!

Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes gets 5 utensils from me.
This cookbook is straight to the point - there are recipes everywhere. And there are so many it is very hard not to find one you'll love. It's not overly expensive like most cookbooks are that have a third of the recipes. So you are getting your delicious bang for your buck!

Thank you to Net Galley & Reader's Digest for letting me review this cookbook.

Purchase on: Amazon // Barnes & Noble

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