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The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics

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There are certain tools no home cook should be without: a well-sharpened chef's knife, sturdy mixing bowls, and The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics. This indispensable reference book gathers more than 1,100 recipes published in Martha Stewart Living from its inception in 1990 to 2000-a decade's worth of the best of the best from every issue. Now, well into the magazine's second decade, the editors of Martha's flagship magazine have revisited this landmark cookbook, adding new content such as suggested menus, an updated pantry and equipment section, a revised source list, how-to photos, and nutritional information to reflect the way we cook today. From basics to breakfast, from poultry to pastry, The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics is filled with recipes for every cook and every occasion. Whether it's a special dinner party, a sit-down luncheon for a bride-to-be, or a casual weeknight supper, this updated collection offers wonderful options across 22 categories, including Starters, Meat, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Salads, Soups, Meatless Main Dishes, and Desserts. Throughout, there are essential classes (cooking 101s) for dishes that should be in every cook's repertoire: roast turkey, whole poached salmon, glazed ham, prime rib roast, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and mashed potatoes, as well as recipes that invite you to stretch your cooking knowledge and expertise. Helpful tips and techniques, comprehensive equipment glossaries, plus a guide to finding unusual ingredients make the kitchen-tested recipes accessible to home cooks everywhere. The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics belongs on every kitchen counter in America.

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64 of 67 found the following review helpful:

5excellent cookbook  Sep 15, 2007
By Phil
A really great cookbook--not too complicated, but not dumbed down. A decent variety for an MS book None of the recipes are TOO exotic, but foods from a variety of cultures are here. Granted it's mostly American/European, but there's a fair number of Latin and Asian foods and a bit of others as well.

If anything, I'd like to see more in the Meats chapter. Poultry chapter, breakfast chapter, and all the baking chapters are particularly strong. Some nice hints here and there--like how to make a paper clip into a cherry pitter.

NOT a comprehensive cookbook--don't think this will replace your JOY of COOKING book! But, this is my new GO-TO for cooking for company, or a bit more fancy weekday meal.

One interesting thing about this and Great Food Fast is that you see a lot of the graduated/advanced versions of simple dishes from GFF in MSLC! Examples: tortilla pie and pork tenderloin with mustard sauce are represented in both, with a longer ingredient list in this book. The tortilla pie gets cornmeal crusted chicken and other stuff added, and the sauce for the pork is more sophisticated--and includes blackberries! Blackberries and dijon are an EXCELLEND combo, BTW. So, I suppose this is a good book to graduate to if you're a beginner and are ready to move past simpler stuff.

I consider myself a fairly advanced HOME cook, and though there's not much in this book that stretches my abilities, it's a welcome addition to my large collection--I just think when you do something Martha's way, you're doing it in a correct, classy way! (I say that because I love her baking handbook)

I recommend this book highly.

21 of 23 found the following review helpful:

5Nice!  Nov 18, 2007
By Omar Morado
I can't believe not many others have reviewed this really wonderful cookbook. So much thought and energy are placed into anything Martha does, either by Martha herself or by her fabulous staff that one can always be assured of excellent results. This compendium is no different. My only small point of contention is that there could have been more photos, a common complaint for me. I can never have enough photos. After trying several recipes and eagerly wanting to try many more I can give this cookbook a happy and sincere recommendation! You will be pleased.

8 of 10 found the following review helpful:

3Recipes available online  Jan 24, 2011
By Extensive Reader "L."
I wanted to preview this cookbook before I considered purchasing it, so I checked it out of my local library. I saw many recipes I wished to try, so I went online to Martha Stewart's website and discovered that ALL the recipes I searched for were on her website for free. So if you want to try before you buy, visit marthastewart.com, click on the "Food" tab at the top of the page, and then on the"recipe finder" tab on the left hand side of the page.

This may also eliminate some of the frustrations mentioned by other reviewers--a cookbook with print "in the ditch" and the confusion of the multi-volume index.

2 of 2 found the following review helpful:

5Add to my collection!  Sep 28, 2012
Great book for home cooked meals and hoilday dinners. I brought the blue edition at a "Big Lots" kind of store and it was only $5.99 and when I seen they didn't have this edition I was a little upset they didn't have the other for the same price. So I looked everywhere on the Internet and found this one only it was cheaper then what I paid for the other edition. Thanks for finishing out my MS collection. Also, it arrived a little earlier then what I thought but who is complaining?....I would buy from them again.

2 of 2 found the following review helpful:

5Love Martha!  Dec 03, 2012
By SoCalMomma
I have the blue Modern Classics book and finally purchased this as I was sick of the index listing recipes from this book in it as well as it's own. Martha never disappoints and this book lives up to that!

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