Cook books

@marie2052 (3697)
United States
November 30, 2011 10:48pm CST
I was at a local bookstore today. I had headed back to the magazine rack. There were tons of different magazines for cooking. From Crockpot to cookies. Do you ever look at these recipes and wonder if it really would taste good but some of the ideas seem so far out there that you think someone just threw a recipe together? I guess I am more country and tend to not go out for overly sickly sweet breakfast dishes. Or dishes that have have a picture of it and it just does not look appetizing. Sometimes I really wonder if all the recipes are really tried and true. Anyone else notice some of the cooking magazines?
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@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
1 Dec 11
I love cookbooks. I have to admit I love the cookbooks that the churches put together or even the 4-H Club cookbooks. I actually have collected many cookbooks over the years. I have tried many recipes. I actually find myself trying more recipes as we have gotten older. With this economy I have been looking for more dishes that stretch. I submit/publish alot of my recipes that I have made, plus family recipes as well. If you would like the link for where I publish them, just message me. I am more a basic cook, meat, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper, etc. Have a good day.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
4 Dec 11
I love looking at cook books for cookies and desserts. Everything looks so good and wonderful. But I know that if I were to make that, it wouldn't look like it does in the picture! And then they all have speciality ingredients and I know I'll only use it for that one recipe and can't afford to buy a bunch of stuff just to use it once etc. So I just look and but don't buy!
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@marguicha (101893)
• Chile
2 Dec 11
I look at the pictures at magazines to get ideas but don´t usually get beyond that unless I read it and feel it´s ok. I prefer to follow a recipe from well known books. I have never had failures following a recipe from "the joy of cooking".
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
I think in my own experience and observation about the recipes i tried on the magazines and eBooks that i have... Yes they are tested a publisher and even the author his/her self would really have to try out the recipes that they have come up.I don't think they would put something that isn't well proportioned and will result to a faulty dish, they will be tarnishing their reputations and enthusiasts in cooking/baking will then avoid their works. Though i have encountered one magazine that forgot to mention the flour in their pie dough recipe...printing error i guess
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
1 Dec 11
I found a recipe here online and it was for a crock pot. I followed the recipe to the letter and girl it turned out way to peppery and salty. And it was a recipe that had a picture that actually looked awesome. made it about a month ago again and changed amounts of pepper and salt and bullion cubes. Second time was the charm. But I could eat very little of the first batch.
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
That is true, that is why I'm very careful about internet recipes.But if its a Book,eBook,Magazine I'm sure its 90% accurate. If its cooking you can modify it because cooking is more of an art and expressing how you want your creation to taste like, if you want it spicy,salty,savory etc. If its baking i would look for recipes on blogs,eBooks,books, and magazine for reference because im sure it is tested.
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
1 Dec 11
Yes I do look at some recipes and think that the ingredients sound too weird so I won't try making it. But if someone were to make it for me, I'd probably try it :) I often wonder if anyone really TRIED the recipe. There have been times I made a recipe and followed it 100% and it turned out tasting horrible. I wonder if I messed up, or if that is really the way it is supposed to taste. But maybe it's really that the author never really TRIED it!
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
5 Dec 11
I went on allrecipe.com and was looking for crockpot recipes. I found one that was for chicken pot pie in a crock pot. I followed the recipe to the T and we could barely eat it with all the salt and pepper someone either the person submitting or the one that published it could have messed up the teaspoon and tablespoon. I read the reviews (after making) and almost everyone that had tried it had tweeked it. So I made it again about 2 weeks ago and it turned out REALLY good. I have cooked forever and never overspice, but guess because it was a crock pot I was not as sure to the cooking. Lesson LEARNED!
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
2 Dec 11
There are some recipes that I have seen that I don't think look or sound very appetizing at all, and won't even try them. Then, there are those that sound a bit different, yet interesting enough that I may actually try them. I think that, for me anyway, a lot of it has to do with what the dish looks like in the picture, and what the ingredients are. If there are ingresients listed that I don't particularly care for, chances are good that I won't try the recipe. I am sure that the recipes have been tested by more than one person, especially those that are found in magazines, but, not everyone has the same tastes, so what one person may like, another may find unpallitable.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
i do not think they're all good but i guess they're all tried and true. these recipes depend on each and everyone's palate. what is food to some is poison to another.
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@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
1 Dec 11
I may say that I'm a frustrated cook.I want to cook always but I guess cooking don't like me hahaha.We do have a cook book in the house which was from my grandmother.My Father cooks well and I hope can cook well too.I just cook fried foods.
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