The genre of cooking literature has expanded significantly to include every facet of gastronomy. With this expansion, cook books are published on every diet, lifestyle, budget, skill level, and preference imaginable. From learning to boil water to the more advanced Austrian fondant, there is something for everyone to learn from cook books.
Cook books are focused on any need, from the beginner to the professional chef.
Regional and national cooking, dietary constraints, time saving meals, main ingredients, and ‘how to cook’ basic cooking book publications are available at any book retailer. These different specializations help every cook find the perfect book. From “Apocalypse Chow: How to Eat Well When the Power Goes Out” to the “New Classic Chinese Cookbook,” there is a cook book for every lifestyle, situation, and taste.
One of the most time-honored publications is “The Joy of Cooking,” first published in 1931, recently republished in a 75th anniversary edition. This cookbook “remains one of the greatest teaching cookbook ever written” by having chapters that have evolved with time, such as the addition of 30 minute meals and an encyclopedia-like Know Your Ingredients section. The book is a family affair: Erma Rombauer originally authored it in 1931 and all subsequent editions until 1975, while her daughter and son, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker, have been authoring revisions since 1975.
Betty Crocker cook books were once considered the gold standard for cooking. Betty Crocker is still a brand that means quality food, and the “Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book,” the first publication under Betty Crocker, is owned by more than 25 million cooks.
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Other Betty Crocker cook books focus on specializations such as diabetes diets, healthier choice meals, Christmas and quick meals, all of which range in price from $15 to $25. Betty Crocker’s line of books can be found at most any book retailer.
Dieting cook books have become a sub-genre of cook books. Nearly every diet plan has its own cook books. Atkins, South Beach, and the Hamptons diet all have cook books. Lower fat, sugar or sodium, high protein or low carbohydrate – there is an dieting cook book for every diet that has been invented.
Medical related cook books make life much easier for many who have diabetes, cancer, or are concerned with Alzheimer’s or pre-mature aging. “The Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook,” “Eating Well Through Cancer,” and “Super Foods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life” are all major sellers and have helped many battle, beat, and live with the a variety of health issues.
Wherever recipes are found, the written word will transforms a few ingredients and instructions into the art of cooking. The amount of specialized recipes and cook books available appeals to every taste, budget and skill level. By choosing cooking books that fit lifestyle, diet, and time, anyone can take control of their own health and well-being, while becoming an expert cook along the way.
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