I have many cookbooks (way too many lol) but what i usually go to is websites; Sparkpeople, Betty Crocker and All recipes. If I know what I want to make and just want a different spin on it, I will google the name of the recipe and look up several. Works for me!
I like magazines better than cookbooks because a) they usually have photos of every recipe, which makes me more likely to make them, and b) they also usually have a website with all or most of the recipes, so if you find two or three magazines you like, you don't have to buy all the issues.
I like Cooking Light. It has a good combination of simple and complex recipes, so most of them would fall into your "regular" definition but there will be some that are a bit more challenging in case you want to try something new. The calorie counts sometimes look high, but that's because the portion sizes are usually huge compared to other "diet" recipes. I also get the Food Network magazine because my mom gets the subscription free with some sort of points program. It has a lot of unhealthy recipes, so I wouldn't recommend it if you're easily tempted, but it also has lighter recipes in every issue, with the nutrition info.
By the way, unless you live in a small town, there's probably some grocery store in your city that sells spices in bulk, so you can buy just a teaspoon if that's all you want. It's a HUGE money-saver, even for the common spices, because you never use up a whole jar of any spice before it goes stale. Even if you have to go to another city, the savings can be more than worth the trip.
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Several of the cookbooks that I have that I have really liked were the ones made for a fund raiser. Like when a Church get together and makes one or, my office made one before we downsized (300+ people). They are receipes that have been made and well liked.
Taste Of Home is a magazine and they have them at the supermarket.
I love "The Simple Art of Eating Well." Lots of fresh ingredients, and everything I've tried has been delicious. I don't know what you consider to be unusual ingredients... I have a really stocked pantry, so I don't always have the same definition as others do, but I'll all about fresh, down-home comfort food.
I also agree that you should check out books from the library. That's how I found this one, and I loved it so much I bought myself a copy.
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If you're looking for a terrific cookbook with recipes that are healthy as well as quick, look no further than Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way. I have a few of his cookbooks. they're fantastic. You should watch his shows on PBS.
Then there is always the Spark Cook Book ! Lots of great healthy recipes from Chef Meg !
2/3/12 2:10 P
The Betty Crockery Cook Book contains normal home cooking. None that contain a lot of wierd expensive ingredients.
2/3/12 2:08 P
The other thing I would like to suggest is to get a book depending on a cuisine you are interested in. Then the the ingredients will make more sense to you.
2/3/12 2:04 P
How about going to the local library and checking out a few cookery books. Then you can decide what you like or manage to get ingredients for. Just make sure you will be able to use those ingredients in other recipes.
2/3/12 1:05 P
sometimes recipes call for very expensive things and you might use it once and then it's a waste of money if what you have tried doesn't pan out... sometimes i watch these cooking shows and they are saying ingredients I've never heard of and then when i go to buy it , its a fortune... I live on a budget .... hahaha I should of explained it better when I posted my bad, but I was still half asleep hahaha sorry for the confusion...
2/3/12 1:02 P
real ingredients = stuff everyone has already not like these exotic spices you've never heard of or weird stuff that no one usually buys ... that's what i meant
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I like using vegan cookbooks because they're always filled with healthy recipes, but I'm vegetarian and don't mind eating vegan. You can always substitute some of the ingredients for non-vegan foods if you really want to.
Here are a few: http://amzn.to/wzOYRc http://amzn.to/xgFJKG
2/3/12 12:40 P
Mark Bittman has a new one, but I don't know the title. He's called The Minimalist.
"Eat Better Live Better"the family guide to healthy eating. Is full of ideas/recipes for realistic healthy food, it has a food directory and pages of tips and help but, I don't know if you can get it in the US it's by Readers Digest (ISBN 0 276 420 37 3)
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