Cookbook Reviews by Real People

These cookbook reviews are by real people who own them, use them and recommend them so you can find the ones that will serve you best.


A fantastic update to a classic

Reviewer: Regina

Only one member of our family is a true vegetarian, but the original edition of Madison’s book is arguably my most prized cookbook, and the one that gets the most use in our house. This update is wonderful. Madison has added quite a bit to the original. I have yet to try most of the new recipes, but I will do my best to cook my way through them. I have given this book to many people over the years as a gift, and I will continue to do so. Bravo, Deborah Madison, and thank you!

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Great Buy!

Reviewer: Bakwoods

If you are cooking for your friends or trying to impress a significant other, this book is the one for you. It simplifies the measurements, the ingredients along with substitutes, and more importantly it makes it fool proof for cooking. There’s plenty of pictures to go along with each recipe, and a great story behind each dish. For those of you new to wine, impress your friends by keeping tabs on the wine pairings with these great dishes. It makes each bite more satisfying when you’ve got a great bottle of wine to follow up with a great meal.

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I, too, have had the errors pop up where I had shut down inappropriately and corrupted some index somewhere. But, by downloading the latest updates (FREE!) and following the instructions on the website, I was back up and running in less than 15 minutes with all my old recipes intact. And, the new software promises this won’t happen as much. As far as importing recipes, there is a freeware program available (Meal Master) that lets you read in MasterCook recipes from the internet and then you can upload them directly into Cook N. I was able to load 2 or 3 cookbooks full last night, in about 10 minutes (a cookbook at a time). Not too shabby!!! All in all, this one does it all. A glitch here and there maybe, but hey, I’m only human! 🙂


A must-have for every kitchen!

Reviewer: Lisa, Massachusetts

I have always had a Betty Crocker cookbook around. It was the first cookbook I took with me when I moved away from home, and it still remains the first book I grab for if I have *any* questions about a recipe I’m making. The book is great for cooks of all levels. It has a lot of great introductory information – how do you boil an egg? What are the different cuts of meat?

It provides a lot of easy recipes that taste delicious and are nutritious as well.

In addition, the book also eases you into many advanced recipes. Looking to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for the relatives? Trying to make a birthday dinner really special? This cookbook has the recipes for you, all easy to understand and with gorgeous photos.

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This version is definitely an improvement on previous versions as well. There is information on grilling and vegetarian meals, something lacking in the last versions. They’ve also added in a number of ethnic dishes that are quite tasty. If this book isn’t on your kitchen shelf, be sure to buy a copy!