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Betty Crocker's Good and easy cookbook
Crocker, Betty.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan USA, [1999]

Physical Description:
432 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Originally published in 1996.


Includes index.
Added Author:
Format :


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TX715 .C917 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TX715 .C917 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Good and Easy Betty Makes It Easy! "What's for dinner?" is the question that brings us together each day. The answer is great-tasting food that doesn't keep us in the kitchen too long. The solution is right here-everything you need to make quick meals every night! "Why Didn't I Think of That?" Timesaving secrets to get you out of the kitchen fast Quick tips to make recipes even faster Preparation and cook times for speedy planning Super-speedy menus for weekday meals Easy Make-Ahead Meals: Super-Easy Chicken Manicotti, Brisket with Cranberry Gravy Pastas and Pizzas with Pizazz: Salsa Pasta, Tuscan Rigatoni and White Beans, Tex-Mex Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza Speedy Sandwiches, Soups and Chilies: Italian Vegetable Focaccia Sandwich, Ham and Cheese Tortilla Roll-Ups, California Beef Stew, Italian Chili Quick Stir-Fries and Skillet Meals: Southwestern Chicken Stir-Fry, Honeyed Pork and Chinese Cabbage, Quick Chicken Risotto, Meatballs with Orzo and Zucchini Simple Grilling: Peanutty Chicken Kabobs, Supreme Burgers, Tomato-and-Pesto-Stuffed Sirloin, Pizza Dogs Delicious Desserts: Raspberry-Chocolate Cream, Quick Cherry Cobbler, Caramel Baked Pears, Quick Praline Bars, Cookie Dunkers, Easy Key Lime Pie

Author Notes

Betty Crocker, 1921 In 1921, Betty Crocker was created because of a contest that was part of a promotion for Gold Medal Flour. The company needed a name to sign to the letter, accompanying the prize of flour sack pincushions, sent to the thousands of customers that successfully completed a puzzle. They chose the family name of an early director of the Company, William G. Crocker, and the name Betty for its warm and approachable feel. The signature was voted the most distinctive of several submitted by female employees. The pincushion promotion set off a flood of inquiries for reliable and creative cooking advice.

In 1924, Betty Crocker was on a local Minneapolis radio program called "Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air." The response to the show was positive and it joined the NBC network lineup in 1927. Over the next quarter century, The Cooking School "graduated" more than one million listeners. During the Great Depression, Betty Crocker found ways to help families maintain an adequate diet with low wages and relief foods. In the 1930's and 1940's, Betty Crocker published the meal-planning booklet "Meal Planning on a Limited Budget" and used the booklets and the radio to provide helpful hints to homemakers to make the most of war rationed foods.

In 1945, Betty Crocker was pronounced the "First Lady of Food," in a survey of best-known women in America, following First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1947, the Betty Crocker Ginger Cake mix was introduced and the name was transformed into a brand name distinguishing a nationally distributed family of products. The growing line of baking mix was an instant hit. In the 1950's, the red spoon logo appeared on the cake mixes and became one of the most recognized brand logos in the world and is a symbol of quality, convenience and reliability. It was also during this time that Betty Crocker moved on to television, hosting her own programs and appearing on many others.

During the 1950's, families were growing and needed new recipes to prepare in their suburban kitchens. Of course, Betty Crocker met that need with the first cookbook, which was followed over the years with over 200 cookbook titles and countless small format recipe magazines. The Betty Crocker Cookbook has reached an 8th edition and has sold over 27 million copies, which makes it the all time best selling cookbook in the world.

There are eight Betty Crocker kitchens, which represent different parts of the American cultural tradition: the Arizona desert, California, Cape Cod, Chinatown, Hawaiian, Pennsylvania Dutch and Williamsburg. Professional home economists work in the Betty Crocker Kitchens to develop and test recipes, work with new products, and develop time saving techniques that help families cook and bake smarter. There are three camera kitchens that are used to create beautiful food photography for use in the cookbooks, magazines and recipe cards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Drinks, Dips and Mini Bitesp. 7
Super Express Cookingp. 31
Easy Chicken, Beef and Porkp. 73
Stir-Fry and Skillet Suppersp. 121
Do Aheadp. 159
Casseroles and Oven Dinnersp. 191
Pastas and Pizzasp. 217
Rice, Beans and Grainsp. 249
Sandwiches, Soups and Chiliesp. 277
Salads and Vegetablesp. 307
Quick Eggs and Breadsp. 331
Great Grillingp. 357
Delicious Dessertsp. 391
Nutrition/Cooking/Metric Informationp. 422
Indexp. 425