Sometimes I suspect that it is more difficult to find a good all-purpose cookbook than any other type of cookbook. There are so many baking books, grilling books, celebrity books and beautifully illustrated, single-subject cookbooks out that they dominte the cooking section of every bookstore. And, of course, I absolutely love these cookbooks, but that being said, I also love having reliable cookbooks that I can turn to for any type recipe. The Good Home Cookbook falls into this category of all-around cookbook.
I’ve mentioned this cookbook around this site on occasion, and even mentioned it at Slashfood a while back. It is a no-frills cookbook (by which I mean no pictures) full of classic, American recipes. The really interesting thing about it is that the recipes were tested by the public; the cookbook publishers opened testing to anyone who wanted to participate and sent out recipes, collected feedback and used it to revise the recipes before publishing. I actually was one of the testers when it was being developed (and I know that more that a few other food bloggers were, too), and I can’t deny that I have a soft spot for the book in large part because I had such success with all of my test recipes.
Back to the book, don’t be put off by the fact that there are no photos. The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow. Perhaps it’s knowing how they’re tested, but there is something about this book that always makes me feel comfortable flipping to a random page – whether the recipe is for steak, an omelette, bread or cookies – and feeling confident that I’m going to be pretty happy with my results.