Simple Danish Pastries

I feel like I’ve been harping on quick, simple recipes and meals lately. Sorry if that offends your gourmet spirit. I promise that fast food (I’m talking fast food like homecooked fast food, not fast food like dollar menu fast food) can taste delicious even if it is simple and quick to prepare. Because of my latest fetish with easy recipes, I was thrilled beyond thrilled when out of the blue, America’s Test Kitchen sent me their newest cookbook, The Quick Family Cookbook, because the food in here is seriously talking my language. No-fail is the word that comes to mind with ATK’s tested, tested, tested recipes and the wonder of this cookbook is that you get classically delicious America’s Test Kitchen recipes with minimal fuss, time and ingredients. Oh, I am in love with this book.

And I’m giving away TWO today! Just leave one comment on this post telling me your most used, most loved cookbook. I have a feeling this is going to be the one haunting the counters of my kitchen (uh, when we get a house) for a long time.

Simple Danish Pastries

In honor of the giveaway, I chose a recipe from the book to make and share with you. I should have made some stellar main course fare that will save your bacon on any given Tuesday night; however, I couldn’t resist these delicious cheese Danish pastries. They are so easy, so elegant and so delicious, if you close your eyes while eating one, you might just believe you are smack dab on the bustling streets of Paris – oh wait, think of some city in Denmark! – eating an authentic pastry. Not that I ever have had that experience, but take my word for it – these babies get the job done for a no-fuss pastry. Make them and love them. And in the meantime, keep an eye out for a truly sanity-saving recipe coming Friday and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Note: One copy of the cookbook sponsored by America’s Test Kitchen, the other giveaway copy provided by me. If you’ve been around this here blog long enough you’ll know that I don’t do product/cookbook giveaways hardly ever and trust me, I get a lot of snarky emails from companies and readers upset because I won’t accept their free food products and other “stuff” for shameless promotion on my blog. The only exception I really ever make is for America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks because I swear by their recipes and I have bought many of their cookbooks myself. I figure if I would go out of my way to buy it or own it on my own dollar then it is worth sharing with all of you!

Simple Cheese Danish

Yield: Makes 6

Simple Cheese Danish

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, light or regular, softened to room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (9 1/2 by 9-inch)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Roll the pastry into a 12 by 9-inch rectangle on a lightly floured counter, making sure it doesn't stick to the counter while rolling. Cut the rectangle into six 4 1/2 by 4-inch rectangles (cut it in half the long way and then cut each strip into thirds). Transfer the pastry rectangles to the baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart. Using the tip of a paring knife, score a 1/2-inch border around the edge of each pastry, then brush the borders with the egg wash (no fear - if you don't have a pastry brush, using your fingers works just as well!). Prick the pastry with a fork every 1 inch or so within the border (see the picture below for a visual). Place a generous 2-3 tablespoons of filling in the center of each pastry and spread it into an even layer leaving the border uncovered.
  3. Bake the pastries until fully puffed and golden about 12-14 minutes (watching carefully so they don't overbrown). Serve the pastries warm or at room temperature.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/simple-cheese-danish-and-a-giveaway-you-dont-want-to-miss/

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook

1,211 Responses to Simple Cheese Danish

  1. Mame M says:

    I was wondering where I had heard about America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, they had one at Costco today that was their “healthy” version for families. Now I might have to get it next time I go!

  2. Jean Collier says:

    Joy of Cooking πŸ™‚

  3. Bethany says:

    Most of my recipes come from blogs these days, but I do really like the Taste of Home Guilt Free Cookbook.

  4. Becca says:

    I have to say, that my favorite and most used cookbook, is “Our Best Bites”!! Love it! And I also have a binder FULL of all of your recipes too, and that is also a favorite. Thnaks!

  5. Kim says:

    I wish I had a go to cookbook. I usually find everything online…maybe this could be the one!

  6. Right now the one I use the most is “Our Best Bites” Mormon Moms in the Kitchen
    Those girls have some great recipes, and they have a new one coming out this month. Super excited for this new ATK one though. Very Cool

  7. Katie says:

    My mom gave me a cookbook that’s been in our family for as long as I can remember, called Another Mushroom. It’s full of recipes from a little restaurant in Dallas. It’s spiral-bound, with yellowing pages, some of them falling out and others with food stains on them. I adore it.

  8. Mandy says:

    My favorite cookbook is my family ward cookbook. It has recipes from all the ward members I grew up with and many family favorites.

  9. Christine says:

    My hands-down favorite cookbook is the one my mother put together years ago of all the receipes she frequently made while we were growing up. The pages in this book are tattered and food-splotched, as well as falling out, but I continue to use it all the time.

  10. Krystal says:

    I tend to take a look at my Betty Crocker cookbook, since I know all of those recipes have been tested as well. Actually, the cookbook came with my husband when we got married, so it’s not even mine!

  11. Ashley says:

    I’d have to say my most used cookbook would probably be Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I’m not vegan, but I love baking delicious, moist cupcakes so this is a big winner in my kitchen!

  12. Christyn says:

    I have the “Best Recipe” collection, and I use them constantly….same publisher I believe….

  13. Chelsea A. says:

    I keep a binder full of recipes I’ve printed from different websites! For an actual cookbook, Giada’s Family Dinners is frequently taken off the shelf. πŸ™‚

  14. Amy Asistin says:

    My favorite cookbook is one my cousin made several years back, a collection of family recipes many from my grandmother.

  15. Marcie says:

    I have lots of cookbooks, but probably my favorite is my Betty Crocker cookbook. Either that or my Lionhouse Cook Book. : )

  16. Sharon H. says:

    My “go-to” is Sunset’s Easy Basics for Good Cooking.

  17. Cammee says:

    I have to have this cookbook. I find I have less and less time to cook the way I used to, so this sounds perfect! My favorite cookbook is one we had made as a fundraiser for my daughter’s dance team. It has some of the most yummy recipes and ones I use over and over.

  18. Shana says:

    Old school Betty Crocker!

  19. ~Shana Lynn~ says:

    I love Americas Test Kitchen Cookbook, and also my family cookbook!!! Ok, its a toss up, I love them both!!! Pick me!!! You’ll make my husbands & kids belly very happy!! πŸ™‚

  20. Jessica F. says:

    I continually reach for my Betty Crocker cb for simple recipes and love to read the Alton Brown books for the science behind the food….I love to know the “why” behind my interests.
    These look easy and delish. Thanks for the contest!

  21. Melina says:

    Yum! My go to favorite cookbook is the red plaid… Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. But, I’m!looking to add some new ones… any suggestions?

  22. angie mitolo says:

    my favorite cookbooks are
    the best make ahead recipe – cooks illustrated
    the best international recipe-cooks illustrated

  23. Caroline says:

    Its a tie between the original Americas Test Kitchen and the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Would love to win this new cookbook- thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa At Home. It is wonderful, full of classics, and always right.

  25. Heather Hogge says:

    The most used cookbook in our house is the little spiral bound index cards that my MIL made for my husband when he went off to college.

  26. Janae says:

    My favorite and most used cookbook is our family cookbook which is a compilation of tried and true family recipes!

  27. Mandy says:

    I absolutely cannot live without my Marcy Goldman cookbooks!!!

  28. Andrea says:

    my most used cookbook as of late is Our Best Bites

  29. Sindy says:

    I don’t think that I can call myself a cook…but hope that I’m getting there for my family’s sake! I usually look online for recipes, but do use a cook book called Honey Do, written by my mother and sister-in-law! Thanks for all your awesome recipes. My family is loving it!

  30. Kathleen says:

    There are some amazing cooks in my extended family! So for the past year I have been taking the “homemade” family cookbook to bed with me. I just can’t seem to put it down!

  31. Pat Corcoran says:

    My go to cookbook is the St. Bridget’s Nolan Settlement cookbook. It was published by church members at the church I went to while growing up. It has a lot of family recipes submitted by relatives. They are the best when they have been handed down and used over and over.

  32. Andrea says:

    I love a cookbook published by the children of a neighbor of mine called “Favorites of the Ivory Family”. She is a wonderful cook but too humble to embark on a project like this herself. She only agreed if the proceeds were donated to Make-A-Wish foundation. It is a great cookbook, especially for salads. If I have to make a salad to take somewhere I always use one from this book. They never fail to impress. I can’t wait until you publish a cookbook, Mel!

  33. Sandi says:

    my fav cookbook is from my grandma.

  34. Rachel says:

    Cooking has always been hard for me. Trying out new recipes is scary to me because it may not be appreciated (and then for some reason I get down on myself). So needless to say, I don’t have a large collection of cookbooks. That’s why I LOVE your blog!!! Everything I make from your blog I know will be a hit with my family! Sooooo, I don’t cook from my cookbooks (because it is hit and miss). I cook from your blog! I would LOVE to have a recipe book that You recommend because I trust your judgement with recipes!! Thanks for sharing!

  35. My most used love cookbook is Slow Cooker Revolution (by America’s Test Kitchen). I’ve never had anything that wasn’t a total success. Awesome.

  36. Jaci says:

    My fav cookbook is one my bible study made up…no link for it, but our bible study is called Side By Side and a great ministry for medical spouses here in Rochester, MN.

  37. Erica says:

    I love the Taste of Home cookbooks!!

  38. Michelle stewart says:

    I have a cookbook our church put together that I use tons.

  39. Jenna says:

    The Morton Cookbook. A collection from people who live in Morton, IL where my parents live. I am sure i use this site more, but if you’re looking for a book title, I do own this one and use it.

  40. Erin says:

    I hardly ever use cookbooks now with the internet but when I do I pull out my moms bunco group cookbook. The girls put together all their favorite recipes for one of the ladies in their group who lost her home (and all her recipes) in a fire. It’s a great one. Those women sure can cook!

  41. DEE says:

    I love Test Kitchen recipes and which busy mom wouldn’t mind a book from them with QUICK recipes!! My favorite cookbook is one I started to write when I was 13 years old with all the things I used to help my mom with. It looks really ragged now…but it has travelled with me everywhere!

  42. shellybelly says:

    My ex mother-in-law’s old hospital workers charity cookbook!
    I LOVE America’s test kitchen.

  43. Shannon says:

    I have a handful of cookbooks I go to regularly. But my Mom’s recipes are the best!

  44. Andria says:

    Those look tasty!! I don’t have a favorite, but lately I’ve been reading both Pioneer Woman’s newest and the Silver Spoon. The Silver Spoon is THE original Italian Cook book. It’s great because the recipes are ordered by main ingredient, so if you have a bunch of broccoli you want to use up, you just look up that section and away you go!

  45. Melissa says:

    Hey Mel!
    I love Southern Living’s Cookbook. The Danish look delish!!

  46. Charity says:

    My most used cookbook would have to be the one I created myself, full of recipes that I’ve found on the web or that have been passed down to me by my mother.

  47. Susan says:

    My favorite cookbook – Dorie Greenspan’s Baking – from My Home to Yours.

  48. Jeanelle says:

    I love my Better Homes and Gardens cook book!

  49. Shelli says:

    My favorite “cookbook” is Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s recipe index… if my internet ever goes down around dinnertime we are in trouble!

  50. Angela H says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook and would put in to good use πŸ™‚

  51. Michelle says:

    Mel, I have fallen in love with your blog! Your writing and descriptions are phenominal. But anyway, I most often use my homemade cook book filled with recipes from friends and family—the tried and true ones. This looks like one that I would love to try!

  52. Shar says:

    My favorite cookbook is the one my mom compiled for me with all of our favorite childhood recipes (and it’s in her handwriting). So many memories–and I use it all of the time, as well as adding my own recipes to the book.
    Shar

  53. Jen says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks also! Some of my other favorite are Better Homes and Gardens and a cookbook my hometown church put together in 1983!

  54. Teresa S says:

    You know, since so many people started food/cooking blogs I don’t really use a cookbook anymore, I just pull recipes from the different sites. Maybe I am missing out; this one sounds like it could be a good one.

  55. Courtney Jackson says:

    My favorite cookbook isn’t a cookbook, but a group of magazines. I love, love my ATK’s 30 minute suppers magazines.

  56. Shannon says:

    Oh I hope I’m not too late to enter! My {current} favorite cookbook is Recipe Hall of Fame Quick & Easy Cookbook. My husband brought this into our marriage 7 years ago, and for 6 of those years I let it collect dust in the corner because it didn’t have any pictures. But when I finally opened it up, I realized it had all of the stand-by recipes I grew up with but never learned how to make!

  57. Ariane says:

    Betty Crocker was my parents ‘go to’ growing up and honestly I don’t go to it that often anymore, my cookbook of choice is the internet and I love being able to search blogs to get all sorts of recipes.

  58. Amanda says:

    It’s hard to choose, I love my America’s Test Kitchen and Our Best Bites books but I probably use you blog equally as much! πŸ™‚

  59. Gen says:

    I learned a lot from the Joy of Cooking cookbook when I was still learning my way around the kitchen.

  60. Gen says:

    Hi Mel! I love danish pastries and yours look so amazing! =) I wanna try this. Wish me luck! I also like the recipes from the test kitchen. I hope I get to have a copy of that book! =)

  61. bacey says:

    King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

  62. Becky Parkin says:

    A simple neighborhood cookbook is one of my favs. I love having recipes from people I know who are great cooks and the fact that my mom put a bunch of her recipes in it!

  63. Emily says:

    My most-used cookbook is Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids by Amy Houts. She is my mom! πŸ™‚ Although I don’t have kids, the recipes are easy, and include some favorites that I grew up with. πŸ™‚

  64. Sadie says:

    I have 3 America’s Test Kitchen Cookbooks and alternate between the three of them the most!

  65. Anna says:

    My own personal cookbooks, which are really just a combination of a thousand people’s different recipes.
    Thanks for all the yummy recipes!

  66. Julie says:

    Those look delightful! My favorite cookbook is an old paperback version of Better Homes and Gardens (complete with red checkered cover) that I stole from my mom when I moved out. It’s my go to for the basics!

  67. Melinda B says:

    I use lots of different cookbooks. I probably use my old better homes and garden cookbook the most.

  68. Katie says:

    I adore my Betty Crocker cookbook but it is so shredded! I can always tell the recipes we like the best because they are slopped on and dog-eared with notes scribbled all over! πŸ™‚

  69. Libbie says:

    My favorite cookbook is one that my mother bought from a bed and breakfast in Alaska. Sounds different but the ladies there knew how to make up some delicious recipes!

  70. kari says:

    I mostly use your blog and allrecipes.com now but I do love my Southern Living cookbook. πŸ™‚

  71. Amber says:

    I love ATK’s Healthy Family Cookbook. And Our Best Bites first cookbook too.

  72. Juli says:

    My favorite cookbook right now is Rick Bayless’ Everyday Mexican. So good and authentic! Though I have a special love in my heart for all my Cooks’ Illustrated books.

  73. Kate says:

    Well, before I had you, Mel, I looked at the classic Betty Crocker cookbook. Now it’s pretty much all Mel’s kitchen cafe or allrecipes.com.

  74. Kelsey Gibb says:

    I have a lot of favorite cook books but the one i always fall back on is one that my aunt put together with all of our family and close friend’s recipes. I just love it!!

  75. Kathryn says:

    I love the Joy of Cooking!

  76. Katie A says:

    I have a recipe binder that my family put together of secret family recipes! I love it

  77. Sandle says:

    My Barefoot Contessa cookbook has a lot of wear and tear. Thanks so much for the giveaway and hope you find a wonderful house soon!

  78. Jami says:

    Melanie, I think if I had a book with all your recipes compiled in it, it would be my favorite cookbook. But since I don’t have that (yet?) I always go to a book my Mom compiled a few years ago filled with family favorites. Hope I win!

  79. Heather says:

    I have waaaaay too many cookbooks! Love your site.

  80. Pamela says:

    I’m more of a food blog person than a cookbook girl, but I looooooove James Peterson’s Baking. I also am a big fan of any Ina G cookbook (who isn’t??) πŸ™‚

  81. Terri J says:

    Hi Melanie!

    If I’m not too late… I would like to say my favorite cookbook in the past has been the old Taste of Home books. I have found quite a few tried and true recipes that I still use today. 1997 was a good year.

  82. Loralee says:

    Love my better homes and gardens cookbook. So classic, I pull it out all the time.

  83. Angie says:

    I love cookbooks, all of them. One of my most trusted is my Essential Mormon Cookbook. Everything is great in it.

  84. Jessica h says:

    I love my tired and true hand written recipe book that has all of my loved and cherished recipes that I have collected over the years

  85. Shaura says:

    My favorite cookbook is one the ladies of our church published years ago! It’s falling apart…it has to be held together with a rubberband!

  86. Wanda says:

    I have several cookbooks that I refer to but more recently I’ve found Pinterest with leads to fabulous recipes. Gotta love today’s technology.

  87. Baker4Boys says:

    I too love ATK! My favorite/most used cookbook right now is probably the ATK: The Complete TV Show Cookbook that my sister-in-law gave me for my birthday. It such a great resource! Sooo many recipes and helfpul hints! – I would love this quick recipes book! As a working mom who does her best to make a home-cooked meal for my family everynight, quick is sometimes a neccessity!

  88. Cyd says:

    Does Pinterest count as a cookbook? What about your site or the treasured binder I have collected over the years? Can’t say I have a favorite cookbook….maybe it will be this one?

  89. Krista says:

    “Lion House Recipes” is my favorite. It’s been used so much that I’m surprised that the cover is still attached. Great book!!

  90. Kassidy says:

    I have a favorite cookbook from my church that I use often

  91. Kristy Parr says:

    My favorite recipe book is a SLC local book called Favorites. I would love this Quick test kitchen book, I love watching the test kitchen on TV.

  92. Anne Schofield says:

    Can I pick melskitchencafe.com as my cookbook? Oh, and my awesome Paprika app to put it all on my iPad. And pinterest for my secondary reference as needed. For inspiration on paper, I like my Xagave cookbook. I am a sucker for good pictures, and sadly my lovely ward cookbooks don’t inspire the same salvating as a recipe that includes pictures.

  93. Kris says:

    My Taste of Home Cookbook probably gets the most use, more for cooking times/temps than for recipes. Haven’t needed to crack open a cookbook since finding your site earlier this year. Now I pretty much just come to your site to do my meal planning each week.

  94. Linley says:

    Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook was really my springboard into cooking. I now have developed my own cookbook from favorites I’ve gathered throughout the years as my love of cooking has grown!

  95. Thesha says:

    My OBB cookbook, I love it!

  96. Jill says:

    My mom put a recipe book together for me when I got married which I love!

  97. Natalie B says:

    My go-to cookbook is the King Arthur Baker’s Companion, which is for baking more than cooking actual meals, which is why I frequent your blog each week when it’s time to plan dinners!

  98. elizabeth jones says:

    Joy of Cooking. Hands down.

  99. bonnie says:

    My most favorite cookbooks have been put together by both sides of my family. Every few years we all submit our favorite recipes and they are spiral bound and sent out. Each recipe reminds me of someone different that I love.

  100. Dena says:

    Hey Mel… my go to cookbook is probably Joy of Cooking. But, with all the recipes I’ve printed out of yours, it should be “Mel’s Kitchen Cafe” that is my go to for favorite and easy recipes!

  101. Sara says:

    I love the Favorites cookbook by the Ivory family.

  102. Judy F. says:

    I am in love with ATK as well. I have subscribed to two of their magazines and saved them in my growing stack. A cookbook would solve that problem. I guess I need to have puff pastry in the freezer since my family loves danish for breakfast and I could make them much cheaper than the store bought ones!

  103. Tag Edwards says:

    My favorite and most used cookbook is a Southern Living Quick and Easy cookbook my mother bought when I was in high school. LOVE IT!

  104. Janelle Belka says:

    I love my “Favorites” cookbook. I use it all the time.

  105. Nick says:

    The most used cookbook in my house is a collection of recipies from my grandparents church. they used to publush a cookbook every five years. It even has some of my recipes from two of my great grandmothers.

    Classic midwest comfort food including bar and hotdishes.

  106. Ashley Tower says:

    I love Everyday Food magazine!

  107. Jen says:

    Mine has to be my old, dilapidated recipe binder. I was so worried it would get lost in our recent move that I almost didn’t let our movers box it up!

  108. Coralie says:

    My favorites are the ones compiled by women in our congregations or the book I’ve written my recipes in for years. That counts as a cookbook, right? πŸ™‚

  109. Jill says:

    Mel,

    Exactly one year ago our family had just moved and were living in a hotel with four kids and a dog! Everyday my husband would go off to would to work and we would find somewhere new to go to release some energy (3 of my 4 kids are boys) and return in the afternoon so my youngest could nap. I want to encourage you that although this is difficult you will be blessed and have wonderful memories from your stay at the hotel. Here is a little something I wrote looking back on that time…I hope it will bless as well as encourage you. http://luv2mommy.com/family/life-in-the-motel/

    The crock pot was my friend also during our stay. When I read about your situation this is a recipe of mine that came to mind. Blessings to you and your family.
    http://luv2mommy.com/recipes/cream-cheese-crockpot-chicken/

  110. Marilyn says:

    My moms RS cookbook from her ward. So many excellent cooks in that bunch!

  111. Candice says:

    My most used cookbook is probably The Pioneer Woman (her first one). I’m intimidated by many of the others I have. This one looks great!

  112. Crystal B says:

    I have a binder with receipes that I have collected for years. They are from betty crocker to your receipes to pinterest! I have other cookbooks but i mostly stick to my binder cause they are the ones I mostly use and go to and I always know they will be good!

  113. Monica says:

    One of my favorite cookbooks is Nourishing Traditions! I haven’t used it much yet, but it’s packed with so much information, it’s practically like a textbook!

  114. Asparagus says:

    IF it’s not too late to enter — I also would appreciate any quick cookbook — having just had my fourth kid. — The oldest is in first grade — Yep – the less time in the kitchen, the better. My go-to “cookbooks” are actually the online blogs – such as yours and Perry’s Plate. Does that count?

  115. Caroline Merrell says:

    The Joy of Cooking. It’s a good one!

  116. Katie Harding says:

    My favorite “cookbook” right now is the internet. I love being able to see beautiful photos on step-by-step instructions. But I was just flipping through an ATK magazine and thinking that I needed to get more of their stuff!

  117. Cheree says:

    Oh…most used loved cookbook? Honestly, I’d have to say your blog, and my Mom’s recipe box!

  118. Cheree says:

    Am I too late? I hope not! I have 4 kids one of which is an infant…quick is what I need right now–as well as tried and true! I’d love to win this! Love your blog!

  119. Rebekah says:

    I use a lot of your recipes and they are always delicious! But my favorite used cookbook is one that my Mennonite friend said that I must have called Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets. Growing up Pennsylvania Dutch the Mennonites are a close cousin and have a lot of the same old time recipes that I grew to love.

  120. Sheree says:

    I go to your blog the most, but after that it’s a toss-up between Betty Crocker & Joy of Cooking.

  121. Wendy says:

    My favorite cookbook is one that exists in very few kitchens. It is called Body and Soul Foods and was published by my grandparents church, LaVale United Methodist in Maryland, in honor of their 50th anniversary. It has timeless recipes that have withstood generations. I love looking at who submitted each recipe and thinkking about how I knew each of these people. Although they were my grandmother’s age, I knew some from Vacation Bible School, some from an annual night where we would feed a hundred or so missionaries, others from singing in the choir, still others from the crafts they donated for sale for the women’s bazaar (an arts and crafts sale that was their annual fundraiser), some from their Meals on Wheels program, or some from teaching Sunday school. There are also poems and prayers included. Even though it was compilied on a typewritter and the pages are fading and hard to read, it will always be my favorite. Seeing my deceased grandmother’s name beside recipes is a reminder of the hours we spent in the kitchen baking and cooking.

  122. Jessica says:

    I have some favorites in the Dinner Doctor, Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day, and Saving Dinner. But I have to admit I am a blogoholic. I love the pictures and the person telling me how they liked it once made. So I have a collection of favorite blogs I peruse when in the mood too…and “maybe” Pinterest!

  123. Kathy says:

    As of right now my favorite book is The Perfect Scoop.

  124. Jane says:

    If I’m not trying one of your wonderful recipes then I often grab my Great Good Food by Julee Rosso. These cheese danishes will be perfect for my guests this weekend. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

  125. Andrea says:

    Ooops Marthas magazine is called Everyday Food but Mels Kithchen Cafe is right there in the running with Martha any day!

  126. Julie says:

    My favorite “cookbook” is the one my mom made for me and I have added to over the years. A bunch of family recipes mixed with what I find online and love enough to put in there. Many of your recipes have made it in!

  127. Joanna from Colorado says:

    Mmmm, cheese danish has always been one of my favorite breakfast treats, I will have to put these on my list of things to try!
    I don’t know if it counts as a “cookbook,” but my favorite (and hands-down most used) recipe source is Cooking Light magazine. My mom subscribed to it when I was little, and now that I am grown, I have subscribed to it for several years. I always have great results with their dishes, and they are fast, with no “weird” ingredients.
    Thank you for this giveaway! πŸ™‚

  128. Ela says:

    I love Carole Walter’s Great Cookies cookbook. Photos are amazing and the outcome are always delicious and pretty.

  129. Bri says:

    I have a ton of cookbooks but I use my Betty Crocker (40th Anniversary Edition) at least once a week. My mom had the same edition when I was growing up and it always reminds me of making sugar cookies at Christmas (I will never make a different sugar cookie recipe!). The recipes in there aren’t flashy or trendy but they’re good square meals and great for the nights you don’t want to try anything too risky!

  130. doris says:

    The cookbookI have used for many years is the 1950 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. Another favorite is The Silver Palate Cookbook.

  131. Amy S says:

    I don’t really use a specific cookbook. Now that I see all the yummy recipes from blogs I don’t need to!

  132. Charise says:

    I don’t use a specific cookbook. I like to read blog’s too much and have a gazillion printed recipes that I try to keep organized in my own “cookbook”. πŸ™‚ I have always loved America’s Test kitchen and have wanted to try out one of their cookbooks. Hope I win!!!

  133. Andrea says:

    Every month I get a new Martha Stewart Living recipe booklet with seasonal recipes and fresh ideas. Of course, your website is my daily go-to for most things I need such as sauces and quick recipes and the ONLY alfredo my daughter will eat! Thanks for that by the way, she might have starved to death without it :D… Love, Love, Love your blog and recipes and sweet pictures of your family!

  134. Kelsey says:

    Haha…I mean my “go-to”! πŸ™‚

  135. I love, love, love Barefoot Contessa’s first cookbook. Sometimes I just “reread” it for fun!

  136. Kelsey says:

    Your site is my do-to for recipes! I also refer to my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook a lot for classic recipes.

  137. Megan Guderian says:

    Besides my iPad I use the basic Betty Crocker old school cookbook. No need for fancy.

  138. Jackie says:

    Hi, Mel. I absolutely love your blog. I have been following it for a while now, but have never left a comment. I don’t know how you do it all with your 5 children. I am so impressed. I am a cookbook fanatic. I have a collection of cookbooks, but actually do not have one from America’s Test Kitchen. I have watched the show many times, though. Right now, I can’t really name a favorite go-to cookbook. Just like you, we have moved numerous times in the past few years. So some of my cookbooks are still stashed in a box. Knowing we will be moving once more, I haven’t taken the time to unpack everything. That’s probably why I check your blog every day for recipe ideas!So, this cookbook would come in really handy right now.

  139. Erika says:

    Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook – tons of helpful stuff and yummy recipes!

  140. Barbara in MD says:

    I haven’t had a Danish in years. It is lookin’ good. Barb

  141. Joelle says:

    That sounds like a cookbook I need to read! Thanks for the give away!

  142. Rebecca says:

    I have to say my go to “cookbook” is my iPad now. Your blog, Tasty Kitchen, and Allrecipes are my favorites. I also store my recipes on Evernote once my family votes a recipe a keeper. I love ATK and would be beyond thrilled to win one of their cookbooks!

  143. Aimee C. says:

    I’ve never found one cookbook that I keep going back to, so I just combine my favorite recipes into a family favorites cookbooks that we use all of the time!

  144. Abby says:

    I love my King Arthur baking handbook. I cut my bread baking teeth on it and it hasn’t treats me wrong yet. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  145. Valerie says:

    My most-used cookbook is a collection of favorite family recipes that I put together and published for an extended family reunion a few years ago.

  146. Laura says:

    With this cookbook and your blog..I’d be set for dinners for life!!

  147. Julie in TX says:

    I love BHG Bridal Edition and Cook’s Illustrated Best of Everything.

  148. Diane says:

    I love my Better Homes and Gardens “Grill It” cookbook. It might be because my husband and I just moved into a house and have started grilling this summer, but I just can’t get enough of grilled meats, vegetables, pizzas, and desserts!

  149. Jennifer Hubbs says:

    My favorite cookbook is YOURS!! I have at least 30 of you recipes printed and I swear I think I will just put them in a separate binder, because they are my most used and best loved recipes!! I know there are lots of bloggers with cookbooks now, but I would buy yours in a heartbeat if you ever came out with one! My problem with most cookbooks is that I am generally only interested in a couple recipes and can’t justify buying the whole book -but your cooking style and tastes are right in line with mine, so I love just about everything you post! πŸ™‚

  150. Megan says:

    Betty Crocker. Not used much, mostly the Internet. Yeah for trying new recipes!

  151. Lorrie Bazzi says:

    This cookbook could be my most favorite! Right now my most used “cookbook” is my iPad for online recipes. {elletoo [at] gmail [dot] com}.

  152. Suzanne says:

    Having only been married and running my own kitchen for a year, my most used cookbook thus far has been a giant Taste of Home Cookbook… and I’m continually trying to Master the Art of French Cooking with Julia Child! πŸ™‚

  153. Kim says:

    I am going to try the cheese danish this weekend. Thank you.

    I think my most used cookbook would be one of the Barefoot Contessa books. Pinterest and Annie’s Eats, yours and What Megan’s Making are my favorite internet sources. I subscribe to the Cook’s Country magazine.

  154. Kenna says:

    Thanks to your recommendation I bought and ATK cookbook and love it. Everything I have made is so delicious.

  155. Lynn BB says:

    My favorite is a community collection of “best recipes.” There are nearly 1000 and there’s a great variety.

  156. 1968 Bette Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

  157. Holly says:

    Most of my recipes come from on-line.

  158. Julie says:

    Good morning! The cookbook I use the most is America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. It is the ‘Joy of Cooking’ equivalent for me!

  159. Christina says:

    Martha’s Everyday Food is a staple in my kitchen and great for go-to recipes when I’m in a rut πŸ™‚

  160. kath says:

    ATK’s Best Recipes.

  161. jenny says:

    I put together a collection of my favorite recipes found online or made up in my head for my baby sister who just got married last year- I had two copies printed and bound for the two of us- I reach for that book ever week to make a favorite for my hubby and kids!
    I am a cookbook junkie though- it inspires me to look through recipes and get ideas- especially quick simple and good tasting ones!

  162. Louis says:

    Cooking In France by Pierre Franey.

  163. Meryl says:

    Alice Medrich’s “Bittersweet.”

  164. sue says:

    aside from my beloved recipe binder full of our family favorites, which I don’t think counts as a cookbook, it is my Betty Crocker cookbook. Mostly I use the cooking time for meats, but she does have some great american classics in there.

  165. Becky says:

    Your blog has been my cookbook! Seriously…I realized yesterday that I was making dinner and dessert all from your recipes!

  166. Auntiepatch says:

    How to choose? They are like my children! I have an old Betty Crocker I love. The Joy of Cooking is a favorite, but don’t tell the others! I have about 40 cookbooks that I’ve collected in the last 40 years. I don’t cook as much any more but I like to read through them once in a while.

  167. Estee says:

    My fave book is called “The treasure” (it’s in Hebrew) and I love it.

  168. Amy Z says:

    I have to admit that the cook book we use most isn’t really a cook book. :/ One Christmas ( think it was last Christmas but I have serious Mom brain and I cant remember) Angela typed up Moms recipes as a gift and I asked for a copy. So there you go. No official cook book, but its a binder full of my favorite dishes and treats. Love you and I hope you find a home soon!

  169. Amy Johnson says:

    My favorite cookbooks are those ones where everyone at church puts in their absolute favorites. I love them because they usually use ingredients I am really familiar with. But I love America’s Test Kitchen. They sure put in the effort to figure out the “perfect” recipe. πŸ™‚

  170. Rose says:

    Although I may not follow his recipes to the letter, I find that I turn to Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything time and time again whenever I want to learn about a new ingredient or find out how to prepare something. It really is quite comprehensive.

  171. Nicole Peck says:

    These look yummy! I’ve never had them before, but I watch the ATK shows all the time. LOVE THEM!! I don’t have one of their cookbooks yet and I really should get one. Currently my most used one is Our Best Bites.

  172. Holly says:

    My extended family make a cookbook every few years of new and old family recipes and I have to say its always one of my favorite books.

  173. Minnesota Red says:

    Better Homes & Gardens, The Cake Mix Doctor, and the in!ternet

  174. Michelle T says:

    My very favorite cookbook is The Joy of Cooking. But that is a tough choice!

  175. Joanna M says:

    The Taste of Home Cookbook is definitely my favorite go to cookbook.

  176. Shelly says:

    I use ATK/Cooks Illustrated cookbooks regularly. Unfortunately I only own one of their books, but right now I keep Slow Cooker Revolution on a constant hold at our library. As soon as I turn in one of their copies, I put a hold on the other copy!

  177. Linda says:

    Love so many of the recipes you post!!!
    I have a large cupboard dedicated to my cookbooks! Most people say that the last thing I need is another one but they don’t realize that I use them all! But my all time favorite is the Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook! Lots of great recipes, everyday ingredients and (my favorite thing) lots of pictures since I love to see what the finished product was meant to look like. I would think that this is why so many of us like looking on-line for recipes as most of the time there is a photo as well!

  178. Dezi A says:

    The cookbook I use most is an old ward cookbook (that I somehow just inherited, I have no idea who belonged to that ward). But really I find most my recipes online now. Thanks for the chance!

  179. Brittney says:

    I love Pioneer Woman’s newest cookbook! I love just looking through it and reading it!

  180. Torri M says:

    I love my Taste of Home cookbook! It has a little bit of everything and lots of tips and everything I’ve ever tried from it is wonderful!

  181. Julie says:

    The danishes look amazing! I bought this cookbook years and years ago called The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook, and I have used it so much. It was written by husband and wife who were both RN’s that traveled the country to all the b&b’s and got recipes from the owners.

  182. Tiffany says:

    I use my Our Best Bites cookbook all the time!

  183. Elaine says:

    I have used many recipes from the taste of home magazines and a few of their cookbooks. I am always on the lookout for quick recipes!

  184. Amy A. says:

    My most used cookbook is a compilation of family recipes put together one year for a family reunion. I have 3 or 4 websites I always go to, mel’s kitchen cafe being at the top of that list. Thanks for a great site!

  185. Jill W says:

    I just have to say, first of all, that I love your blog. I have been a faithful follower for years. I have made many of your recipes, and they’ve been a huge success with my family of seven!

    I have MANY cookbooks, but the one that I use the most is actually a family cookbook that I was given for a wedding present. It has many wonderful recipes.

    I would love to win something!

  186. Pat says:

    One of my favorite books is “Our Best Recipes” from Southern Living, Volume Three. It has the best banana tea bread ever.

  187. Alissa Pruitt says:

    My fav of all time……Palmdale 5th Ward Cookbook. Best ever. Has a lot of great “oldies” and comfort food. By the way, I think our babies share the same birthday….April 25th?

  188. Morgan says:

    Well. Not that this comment isn’t one in thousands, but I just wanted to say thanks for your recipes! I love all the ones I’ve tried and this one looks just as good. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  189. Lisa Y says:

    My America’s Test Kitchen Baking Book is currently most used cookbook, but until I bought it a couple of years ago, I was most faithful to my mom’s battered old Betty Crocker cookbook I learned to bake out of when I was in grade school.

  190. Donna A says:

    I have a church/neighborhoood cookbook that I love. I also go to Betty Crocker for questions on how to cook veggies or meats. I check your website everyday and I have to say your website is my favorite.

  191. Lisa says:

    I don’t use cookbooks much anymore- too many wonderful recipes on the blogopshere (namely- here!) I would love to have this one though!

  192. momgateway says:

    When I first went overseas I bought a Chinese cookbook in Japan that has been my favorite cookbook and has saved me from being famished at the end of a long day.

  193. Samantha says:

    I love the new cook’s illustrated cookbook when i have more time to put into my cooking.

  194. Melissa says:

    I use to use a cookbook put together with everyone’s favorite recipes from church, but now your website is my favorite “cookbook”. Seriously I LOVE your recipes, thanks so much for sharing!!

  195. Linda says:

    Betty Crocker, or TOH for printed books. Also love Pinterest for variety. This one sounds like a winner!
    Thanks for the give-away opportunity!

  196. Hilary says:

    My most used cookbook is the Internet! But I do have a couple ‘old school’ cookbooks that I refer to every now and again!

  197. Chris says:

    Joy of cooking!

  198. Amanda M says:

    Sounds delicious… most of my recipes come from family (mom, aunt, sisters, cousins) and your blog – seriously, you have awesome stuff here!

  199. Marykate Traeden says:

    I love everyday food and our best bites cookbooks. That’s when I’m not stalking your blog or other food blogs!

  200. Lacey says:

    My favorite cookbook is ATK’s Best 30 minute recipe. I would love to have this cookbook!

  201. Paige says:

    I love my Tastebook, which is a collection of all of my favorite recipes made into an amazing book.

  202. Corisa says:

    My mother’s cookbook!

  203. Monica says:

    I have several favorites, but both my husband and I have tried lots of recipes from the original “America’s Test Kitchen” cookbook.

  204. Julie Backus says:

    My favorite cookbook is Better Homes and Gardens Heritage of America Cookbook!
    The history and photos and recipes by regions are incredible! But, truthfully I use the internet for most of my recipes these days!

  205. Carolyn says:

    Are you kidding me? Yes please!!! One of my most helpful cookbooks by far is Joy of Cooking:)

  206. Holly says:

    I have a family cookbook I use most often, but for commercial ones, I like Cook’s Illustrated Baking and King Arthur Flour’s Cookie book

  207. Lisa D says:

    The only cookbook I have ever used is the old Betty Crocker red and white checkered book. Then I found your blog and well, I never use cookbooks anymore. All I need is an internet connection and you to keep posting your amazing recipes! Thanks!

  208. Sarah L says:

    I’ve made waffles and pancakes from the Joy of Cooking countless times with my mom. It’s my favorite because of the memories.

  209. Amy says:

    Five years ago for Christmas my mom gave me, my brother, and my sister three ring binders with ten of our family’s favorite recipes . Every year as part of our Christmas gift she adds a few more recipe pages for our book. Usually they’re recipes that are family favorites for that year. I use that cookbook at least once a week!

  210. Danielle says:

    Fave cookbook…hmmm. They change over the phases, but currently I got one from my sisters mother in law – a neighborhood one. Seriously a great collection of tried and true’s. πŸ™‚

  211. Michelle Hall says:

    I have an Our Best Bites cookbook that a friend of mine gave me. It has a lot of family friendly, “normal” meals in it. The recipes remind me of the recipes on your blog. And of course, I have two binders full of recipes I have printed out from your website. (I love ATK too!!)

  212. Traci P says:

    I haven’t gone to my recipe books in a long time. That’s because everything I could possibly want is found right on this blog- it is all so amazing! My friends are probably getting tired of me raving about what I made for dinner the night before, and whenever they ask where I got the recipe, the answer is always “Mel’s”. This is not to suck up πŸ™‚ it is the honest truth! Thanks for all the delicious, no-fail recipes you share.
    P.S. when I did use cookbooks more, my Taste of Home collection was a favorite.

  213. April says:

    I use a lot of weight watcher cookbooks. And I have a family one that I love.

  214. Jill F says:

    I love my church cookbook that has a collection of everyone’s best recipes.

  215. Karie says:

    My favorite and go-to cookbook was made for me by my husband’s grandma as a wedding gift. It has recipes from both his grandmas, his mom and my mom and grandmas. She typed up each recipe and put them all in a three ring binder/photo album. I not only love having family recipes from both sides but I love that I can add recipes to it (lots I get from you–thank you!!) by sticking them in a sheet protector!!

  216. Amy Weaver says:

    Ooh, my favorite cookbook, that is a tough one. It has to be my grandma’s or MY aunt Marilyn’s. That is probably not what you are looking for, but I hope I can be in the drawing anyway. Hope all is going well with hotel life.

  217. Abbie Butler says:

    I love my Mom’s cookbook. Its filled with all of our family favorites. She made it herself. Its fantastic!!

  218. Sharon says:

    I’m not sure it counts as a cookbook, but I love my Everyday Food subscription. They have such a variety of recipes with unprocessed ingredients. Also, your blog is where I’ve gotten a ton of great ones. πŸ™‚

  219. Susan LP says:

    The Joy of Cooking. Best thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies.

  220. Kristell says:

    I find that I still turn to the cookbook my Mom gave me when I got married – Betty Crocker.

  221. Jodie Miles says:

    I just purchased the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook! I didn’t even know that it existed until about a month ago when a pin on Pinterest mentioned it. I had to have it! Can’t wait to make everything!

  222. Emily M. says:

    My favorite cookbook is called Recipes for the I Don’t Cook Syndrome. Everything I make from it seems to turn out well.

    (and everything I make from here turns out well too. My family loved the Slow Cooker Beef Stew I made yesterday.)

  223. My most used cookbook is one that a family friend compiled and gave to me as a wedding gift. I use it all the time!

  224. Brianne says:

    Thanks for this! I use the Our Best Bites cookbook a lot, and Fix it and Forget it.

  225. Deanne says:

    My favorite cookbooks are developed from a lady from my home church and also Taste of Home. I also love your website and have tried many great recipes. thx

  226. Vickie says:

    I have a bookshelf in my kitchen full of cookbooks, from Joy of Cooking down to Kids in the Kitchen. I am very fond of the cookbooks that have come from school and church fundraisers, as they seem to be full of the family favorites from each area I have lived in. However, my very favorite cookbook is the one I put together for our family reunion a few years back. I invited each family member to share their favorite recipes, so now I have a great reference for all the yummy treats I grew up with, both at home at my grandparents and cousins homes. So if you are looking for a title, I called it “Favorite Family Recipes of the Telfords and Luxes”. It is definitely the one I turn to again and again.

  227. Heidi says:

    Probably my most used cookbook (I do most of my cooking nowadays from on-line sites- yours in particular) is The Best Recipe. Great book. Thanks for all your recipes you share with us!

  228. Laura Gutierrez says:

    I LOVE America’s Test Kitchen and swear by all their recipes too! My all-time go-to cookbooks are their red and blue ones. So excited to see they have this new one! Know that will be great too!

  229. Annie says:

    ATK is the easy answer…but probably my college cookbook of roomate recipes is the most dog eared.

  230. Anne says:

    I got Better Homes and Gardens as a wedding gift and it’s still my go-to for basic recipes. Thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog!

  231. Kim says:

    I have a few ward cookbooks that I’ve collected through the years. I also have a few cookbooks from Food Network people. I mostly get my recipes from your website and a few others. Thanks for all you do and for this fun giveaway.

  232. Marissa arnold says:

    I have to say my cookbooks are getting dusty when it’s so easy to hop on your site and know I’m going to come out with something delicious. I just finished your crispy oven baked chicken for the second time this month and love it everytime.

  233. Shanda says:

    Our go to cookbook is America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Cookbook.

  234. Wendy says:

    That is a tough one. I read cookbooks like novels with many at the side of my bed. If I had to choose one it would be oh gosh one of the barefoot contessa books.

  235. Andrea says:

    I use a family cookbook compiled by my MIL the most. Going to go make those Danishes now! πŸ™‚

  236. Kerry Jo says:

    The Better Home and Gardens New Cookbook is my old standby and my local church cookbooks- some of the best recipes in there!!!!1

  237. Regina says:

    My favorite would be blogs like !your and best bites

  238. Charlotte says:

    Any and all of the Ina Garten cookbooks.

  239. ankerah05 says:

    i made a cookbook of all my favorite compiled recipes. tastebook.com allows you to make a custom cookbook that turns out awesome!

  240. Anna C. says:

    I always rely on The America’s Test Kitchen and Better Homes and Gardens.

  241. Emily M says:

    *cookbook not cookout*

  242. Marit says:

    I love reading cookbooks….so many recipes so little time! I enjoy the Gooseberry Patch series. This time of year I usually pull out their Flavors of Fall!!

  243. Emily M says:

    The Pioneer Woman’s cookout has been a favorite of mine!

  244. Melissa Bowen says:

    My go to cookbook is The Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten. Her turkey meatloaf and outrageous brownies are always a hit with my family.
    -Melissa

  245. Michelle R says:

    I have two favorites right now. One is The Best Recipe by the editors of Cooks Illustrated, the other is Pie by Ken Haedrich. I love that both explain how their recipes work – it’s like a science lesson and a recipe in one. No complaints here about quick and easy! With a crawling baby underfoot, quick and easy are my go-to words! Keep up the good work!

  246. Kathy says:

    Hi, Mel!

    I’m on my second Betty Crocker cookbook – just can’t be beat!

    Kathy

  247. Katie G says:

    If I had to grab one, it would be “The Family Kitchen” by Debra Ponzek. I’ve made almost every recipe. Her food is good enough for company, easy enough for little hands to help.

  248. Ali K says:

    The internet? Just kidding, a family cookbook with favorite recipes from aunts and cousins all over the world.

  249. The one and only Joy of Cooking

  250. Corinne says:

    I have too many to even start naming my favorite. Usually I just collect my favorites in my own cookbook, gathered from great cooks like you!

  251. Becca says:

    Being the garlic lover that I am, The Stinking Rose cookbook is a favorite – one that I use at least once a week.

  252. Martha P. says:

    Have so many cookbooks I could not possibly say which is favorite – probably the one made up from favorites over the years….covered with food and well used!! Will tell you this, your website and Southern Living are the only ones I have ever allowed to come into my INBOX! That is truly a compliment to you. I LOVE Cheese Danish and this one looks so good! I will make it – too easy not to do so. I checked book out! My daughter-in-law is a caterer……..going to get this book for her for Christmas! Thanks, Mel!

  253. Ann says:

    Hi Mel!! LOVE your recipes and your blog! I’ve tried so many of your recipes and they always turn out great. My favorite cookbook would probably be any cookbook by Carmela Tursi Hobbins. She’s an Italian chef in the Twin Cities area who has regular classes at Cooks of Crocus Hill in Edina and St. Paul. Anything I make from her classes or cookbooks always turns out AMAZING! You’ll definitely have to check her out now that you live in MN :).

  254. gia says:

    My most used cookbook is a small spiral book given to me at my bridal shower by my mom. It has all of my favorite family recipes.

  255. Julie D says:

    My favorite cookbook is a book of family recipes. My niece gathered them one year from her grandmothers, aunts, etc and made copies for all of us! what a treasure and thoughtful gift.

  256. Lorie says:

    My new most used cookbook is my Paprika app on my iPad. And LOTS of those recipes come from Mel’s Kitchen!

  257. Kathryn says:

    I use the Betty Crocker Cookbook the most… old timey for sure, but that’s ok! πŸ™‚

  258. Hailey says:

    The Joy of Cooking, its like the bible of cooking.

  259. Ellen says:

    The cookbook that is my favorite is one from my mom with a bunch of family recipes. Life is Good πŸ™‚

  260. Betty says:

    An older version of the Betty Crocker cookbook.

  261. Sara L says:

    My most used cookbooks are Betty Crocker and the I Hate to Cook Cookbook.

  262. Renee Richardson says:

    My favorite is a Paula Deen cookbook my mother gave me to cook with my kids. Thanks for the awesome giveaway πŸ™‚

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  263. Vanessa says:

    I have a tried and true recipe book filled with my favorite family recipes. It’s a photo album with recipes hand written on 4 X 6 index cards and divided into sections with tabs. The album is starting to fall apart at the binding because of how frequently I use it.

  264. kristy w says:

    I rely a lot on your blog for recipes. Probably more than any of my cookbooks…though if you love this book, I’m sure I would, too.

  265. Cyndi L says:

    Hi Mel……if I were to be completely honest I have to say that even though I have many cookbooks I no longer even look at them. I 100 percent use your website now. For the very first time every recipe I make turns out. I do print your recipes and put them in a black binder, so I can refer back to them. Does that count?…

  266. JennC06 says:

    Pioneer Women’s cookbook is my current favorite. But I love my whole cookbook collection!

  267. Jamie says:

    I love going through my old copy of The Thrifty Cook. It has allot of recipes my mom would cook for us kids.

  268. Valery says:

    I love my Baking: From My Home to Yours but I’m really excited for Smitten Kitchen’s book coming out soon

  269. Janssen says:

    I love Ina Garten’s Family Style cookbook. Such stellar stellar recipes.

  270. Chriss says:

    I have a cookbook that I’ve made that is my go to. It includes all tried & true recipes the family loves from all the other cookbooks I’ve had in one place so that I don’t have to remember what book I got each one from. But if I had to pick a real cookbook, I’d say Betty Crocker.

  271. Cindy A. says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen and have many of their books. They are my favorites. You need a cookbook and then I would have to say yours. I love your site and have it bookmarked. I usually check your site first online.

    =)

  272. SJ says:

    I use my own cookbook, one that I have gathered all my favorites in and use all the time.

  273. matt says:

    More With Less. Great book on using everything, I mean everything, in your pantry and refrigerator.

  274. Kelly says:

    Love Joy of Cooking as a reference book

  275. Laura says:

    I love, love America’s Test Kitchen The Best Recipes. Well, I love ALL of the ATK cookbooks, but this one especially. I’d love to add another tome to my shelf!

  276. Robyn says:

    My most used cook book is The Essential Food Storage Cookbook.

  277. Carlie says:

    I don’t have a lot of cookbooks. I have never found one that I LOVED. However, the cookbook I have used the most out of my three is my Schwarzbein Principle cookbook. I would love a tried and true book for my collection!!

  278. Kirstin says:

    The cookbook I got for my wedding that I still use is the red and white checkered Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. It has some great long time family favorites but I would LOVE a copy of this one you are giving away!! thanks!

  279. AnneS says:

    I have several cookbooks from Cooking Light that I use all the time. Lots of great recipes! I also have some from Holly Clegg that are wonderful too!

  280. Emily F says:

    Our family cookbooks are the ones I use most, but I would really like to get my hands on the More with Less cookbook (and this one, of course;).

  281. Melanie says:

    My Better Homes and Garden cookbook, although I am seriously jealous of my Mothers old one.. it has canning information in it πŸ™‚

  282. Linnae Harper says:

    Hi Mel,
    Thanks for a chance to win! My favorite cookbook at the moment is the Ball Blue Book–can you tell I’m in the middle of a bunch of canning! Most of the year, though, the one I use the most is probably the Betty Crocker New Cookbook (which I got when we got married.) For any basic recipe, you can pretty much find it in there, with good instructions and helpful tips.
    Linnae

  283. Jen says:

    My favorite is a 18 year old, tattered, falling apart cookbook that our church congregation put together. I have to keep it in a ziploc bag because the plastic binding cracked and crumbled.

  284. Farah Grissom says:

    Better Homes and Gardens is the one I’ve used the most to learn the basics in my journey to becoming a better cook. You know, that red & white checkered one that everyone seems to have a version of, because its been around forever.

  285. Luci H says:

    A family cookbook is my favorite…It’s a compilation of recipes from some of the best cooks I know. LOVE IT!

  286. kate C. says:

    I probably use ‘Vegetarian Classics’ by Jeanne Lemlin the most. And we’re not even completely vegetarian.

  287. Claudine says:

    The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Love her food!!!

  288. Kathy D says:

    I think my Betty Crocker cookbook.

  289. Noelle says:

    For the past year the go to cookbook has been My Bread by Jim Lahey. I have loved the no knead bread baking. But I have to say that I LOVE Cooks Country when in comes in my mailbox:) Enjoy your day!

  290. Kelly says:

    I swear by the cookbook that taught me how to cook- Food Network’s “How to Boil Water.” Nothing in that book has ever turned out bad! Their banana bread recipe is my go-to quick bread!

  291. Meg says:

    I use a cookbook put together by my mom, various envelopes with recipes jotted down, phone calls to my mom in law, and shameful plug though it is your blog. πŸ™‚

  292. Cerissa says:

    Better Homes and Gardens

  293. sweetpea says:

    this is a tough one. Probably my most go-to one is MAGIC, by the Junior League of Birmingham (alabama).

  294. Samantha S says:

    Mel I don’t even own a cookbook because you taught me to cook through this blog, and so your blog has been my cookbook for the last four years

  295. Audrey says:

    I love ATK!

  296. Karalee says:

    I bounce around between cookbooks but right now my favorite is the Ball Blue Book. It helps me with my beginner canning adventures. I love Learning about all the things I can do with the food from my garden.

  297. Kelsi says:

    My family cookbook.

  298. Kelley says:

    These cheese danishes must be consumed by me immediately. I am pregnant and I salivate over your recipes every day. We had the Coconut Curry Shrimp (made with chicken) for dinner tonight. Okay, I digress. One of my fav cookbooks is a homemade cookbook given to me by my mother when I got married. it is full of photocopied and stained recipes that have been cooked time and time again and I go to it every week for meal inspiration πŸ™‚ I would LOVE to have America’s Test Kitchen cookbook. There recipes are tried and true! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  299. Maria says:

    My most used cookbook is The New Basics Cookbook by Rosso & Lukins. Love it.

  300. Cindy Rosborough says:

    I have a few of the America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks… they are wonderful. I like that they explain why their way is better. I do find that usually the recipes are pretty complex so it would be nice to get one with quick meals!

  301. Emily Crane says:

    Please oh please let it be me!!! With just having my 5th child I need quick (but yummy) recipes more then ever!

  302. Emma says:

    I don’t use cookbooks often anymore since there are so many great sites like yours to get recipes from. But we got a Pillsbury cookbook as a wedding gift and i have used the heck out of it. Especially in those early married days.

  303. Becky Bowman says:

    I use an old copy of my mom’s Betty Crocker “Cooky Book”. The cover is worn out but I still love it!!!!

  304. Laura says:

    My favorite is a recipe book my mother put together many years ago for our neighborhood church. She filled it with many recipes from our childhood that we loved.

  305. Amy says:

    The cookbook with my Mom’s, Grandma’s and Great-Grandma’s recipes.

  306. Kel says:

    The Best Recipe (America’s test kitchen) is a good go to book to get started….

  307. Marna says:

    My all time favorite recipe book is the Barefoot Contessa Family Style. Love that cookbook!

  308. Serena says:

    My would have to be Cook Country.

  309. erica says:

    I love your blog and I love that I can count on your recipes to turn out good. My favorite cookbook is The Better Homes and Garden’s New cookbook. It’s my go-to for basic recipes and my Mom used it to teach me cooking skills. Every time I pull it out, it brings back happy memories of cooking with my Mom.

  310. Dorothy says:

    Good old Betty Crocker is the go to!

  311. Melanie says:

    My favorite recipe book is my mother in-laws. She passed away almost 10 years ago, and made cookbooks for her children with all of her recipes. She was a fantastic cook and had a talent for it. When I got married over 7 years ago, I knew very little about cooking, and that cookbook taught me how to cook! Thanks to her and her foresight, I know how to feed my growing family. And my kids get to eat the yummy food their grandma used to cook, even though she is not with us anymore.

  312. Bekah says:

    I own the ATK baking cookbook.. LOVE it. But I’d probably have to say my favorite cookbook right now is probably either Best Bites (waiting for the new one), or Pioneer Woman. Good stuff. Normal ingredients. Super.

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Truly nice of you.

  313. Debbie Bray says:

    My favorite is A Year of Slow Cooking

  314. Cindy says:

    Jessop cookbook, it is a family cook book in honor of my great grandfather’s 100th birthday.

  315. Heather says:

    One of my favorite cook books is Better Homes and Gardens. However, I have to say honestly that I don’t use any cookbook as much as I do your site! I go here pretty much every time I need a recipe! Thanks!

  316. Miranda says:

    A local collection cookbook from the 1980’s that my husband’s grandmother gave me when we got married. All the women on his side of the household have one so it was the BEST way to welcome me into the family. Other than that, I don’t really use cookbooks much :/

  317. Colette says:

    I agree with your assessment of ATK cookbooks and programs.

  318. Sara Warnick says:

    Hi Mel.
    I am so indebted to your cousin Camille who directed me to your blog a few years ago! Love your recipes and am inspired by the little snipets into your life (I have 4 boys too…If I were guaranteed a girl on the next try… well, anyway). I have a few cookbooks I turn to such as Better Homes and Gardens (the one my mother used and has seen better days), but the one that brings me much joy is one I received as a Christmas gift from my son and his 2nd grade class. Each child got a recipe from home and on one page it tells the real recipe and on the oposite page shows a picture of the child and their directions for the recipe. For example, for Triple Fudge Brownies: the child said, “First you get eggs, then you make dough. Next you get some fudge and make chocolate brownies with it. Bake at 40 degrees for 10 min.” Such a fun idea for teachers to do for their moms!!! Sorry this is long. Keep hanging in there and kudos to you!!!

  319. Anne says:

    America’s Test Kitchen Family cookbook has been my go-to cookbook for years. I recently purchased the Healthy Family cookbook. This would be a fabulous cookbook to add to my collection. I had no idea a book like this was in the works…..yippeee!!!

  320. Lisa says:

    I can’t wait to try these! I usually pull out Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book for basic recipes. But lately, I’ve mostly been using recipes from your blog. So far every recipe I’ve made has been a winner with my family!

  321. Mary says:

    I use most America’s Test Kitchen recipes including Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated.

  322. Jenn says:

    Our most used cookbook is actually “Eating for Life”…healthy and actually tastes good. However, when I’m not in a “healthy” mood (which seems to be quite often) I frequent your website because you NEVER disappoint!

  323. Becky Mendoza says:

    Mel!!! I’m so sorry you’re not in a house yet!! I can’t imagine how hard that is!! YOUR BLOG is totally my most beloved recipe book! I always come here when I make anything. Hope you can get settled quick! πŸ™‚

  324. TJ says:

    I love an old Betty Crocker version from the 70s

  325. stacy says:

    love love love Bittman’s “How to cook everything.” It’s a fantastic reference! Replaced my JOC on the counter!

  326. Gracie P. says:

    now that I follow so many food blogs with google reader, my cookbooks are starting to collect a little dust! i do love my pastry queen cookbook!

  327. Aubrey says:

    My go-to cookbook is called “Just Call June” and it’s a family cookbook dedicated to the recipes of my aunt’s mother, June. Gotta love the tried and true family recipes!

  328. Julianne says:

    I either use the gardner family cookbook from tami and mike, or the cooking light cookbook. Or your blog, does that count?

  329. Sarah W says:

    My favorite cookbook is one put together by my mom of all the recipes she made when I was a kid. I’ve used. I probably have about half the recipes memorized because I have made them so much.

  330. eloise says:

    i would have to say its a tie between “our best bites” and “the pioneer woman cookbook”.

  331. Whitney says:

    I honestly only use my Betty Crocker cookbook and the Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook… but I usually get most of my best recipes from you!!! Thanks Mel!

  332. Nic says:

    An old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook (with the plaid cover) that I got in college. πŸ™‚

  333. Kristin says:

    My most used/loved cookbook would be The Joy of Cooking if I actually owned it… does it count that I keep re-checking it out of the library and I read it like a novel?? I also like my Taste of Home cookbook.

  334. Peggy says:

    I’d love to win that cookbook! I’m afraid I have to say that currently my favorite “cookbook” would be Pinterest! ;0)

  335. John says:

    I absolutely love cooking out of a cookbook that features “easy college meals”, that I picked up in college. Everything is so simple to make, but I do get the itch to step up to another cookbook every once in a while!

  336. Jessica Olsen says:

    I have collected many church cookbooks in our many moves to different states, tried and true recipes from wonderful ladies. I use those the most, but I do use Pinterest and Your site a ton too. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and all the time you put into your website. You are AWESOME!!! πŸ™‚

  337. Heidi says:

    I do love books, but I get most of mine from the library. I don’t want a lot hanging around cluttering up the place. Mostly I find enough great recipes on your site, print them off, and stick them in a binder (or a pile until it makes it into a binder). That said the Better Homes & Gardens (red checkered) cookbook is my favorite hard copy cookbook that I own.

  338. Tiffany says:

    My most loved most used cookbook is a family cookbook the fam made together. Love it!

  339. Doreen says:

    That is really hard to choose I read a lot of them. I have Taste of Home and some church books that I use. But blogs are fast way to find new recipes!

  340. Melissa says:

    I have 4 cookbooks that were put together by my church group. They are me most used mostly because thats what I grew up with. I love this blog!

  341. Carol O says:

    My go-to is a family cookbook put together for a family reunion. Can’t be those tried and true recipes! Just like ATK!

  342. Bethany says:

    I use my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook the most out of my cookbooks. But I love new cookbooks and recipes.

  343. LaTrese says:

    My only cookbook is Sylvia’s Family Soul Food Cookbook gifted to me by my sister. I sometimes pull it out to just read about her childhood and her family, it reminds me so much of my own. I live by ATK’s websites & television shows so I would love to get a copy of this book. One of these days, I’d like to get a cookbook library going, until then, I will continue to use blogs like yours and my mom’s handwritten recipes.

  344. sheila j says:

    My favorite is a small three ring binder filled with the faorites of family and friends that I have collected through the years. I turn to it just about every day!

  345. Ilene says:

    I don’t have a favorite cookbook. Most recipes I make come from blogs. I’ve made many things from your blog.

  346. liz says:

    Pioneer Woman Cooks

  347. Tiffany says:

    Thank you so much for not accepting every promotional offer that comes your way! I have stopped reading many “cooking” blogs after tiring of reading reviews for toys, games, expensive gadgets… zzz. I would love to win this cookbook – my most used cookbook is probably the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. My husband gave it to me the first Christmas we were dating, and here 10 years later I’m still cooking for him out of it. Guess it worked! haha

  348. Nancy says:

    I love the cookbook called our sweet bites. Love i!t

  349. Jamie says:

    I look to the old red & white checkerboard for some basic guidelines but look to you and others for mostof my ideas anymore. Love ATK and all they do to help us figure things out

  350. Gina says:

    The cookbook that has all my mother’s and grandmother’s recipes in it. Aside from that, it’s usually recipes I find online.

  351. Kristin says:

    I use my Better Homes and Garden all the time. Although, I am a cookbook freak and, with the advent of the food blog, a food blog freak–probably even worse than the cookbook thing.

  352. Lisa Nance says:

    I love to get the Taste of Home magazine and try new recipes each quarter that the magazine is published.

  353. Tara says:

    I use the joy of cooking the most. But more and more, I’m cooking from you blog! πŸ™‚

  354. Sherri says:

    I also swear by any of the ATK or Cook’s Illustrated cookbooks. My favorite is the plain ‘ol New Best Recipe and/or ATK’s Family Cookbook.

  355. Haley W. says:

    My most used cookbook is the first Pioneer Woman cookbook. It was actually the first cookbook I bought right before I got married, and it opened me up to the wonderful world of cooking. I don’t have any ATK cookbooks but I’ve heard wonderful things about them! I’d love to add one to my tiny collection πŸ™‚

  356. Amy says:

    Lately it’s been the Ball’s Blue Book of Canning. Lots of peaches, pears and apples at my house.

  357. Dana says:

    I use a lot of the recipes from the “Lion House Cookbooks” Love them all!

  358. Shannon says:

    Truthfully I have quit using my cookbooks almost completely since I’ve become a devoted follower of this incredible food blog. I have a few favorite recipes in a church cookbook I got a couple of years ago. Seriously your blog is a non-paid ATK advertisement, so they should be really thanking you! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  359. Madelyn says:

    I use my Betty Crocker cookbook and my America’s Test Kitchen the most! But truth be told, since finding your blog, I use your blog the most!

  360. Jenni says:

    I have a very torn, worn, and loved Betty Crocker cookbook in my cupboard. Not only does it have basic recipes, but it also tells me measurement conversions, which in a moment of insanity, can save my cooking.

  361. Jessica M says:

    I have a fix it and forget it cookbook that I use all the time for crockpot meals! Every one I have tried has been delish and it makes dinner prep so easy!

  362. Julie Gonsalves says:

    my go-to cookbook is the america’s test kitchen family cookbook. seriously, atk has the best books with the best information!

  363. Angie Evans says:

    I am such a sucker for any cookbook – I am growing quite a collection – however my favorite cookbooks are those that are “homemade” such as cookbooks done by church groups, families, school groups or done as a fundraiser. I love that the recipes are favorites that are tried and true – tested through and through and usually use ingredients that I have on hand! I love to search second-hand goodwill stores for such cookbooks that people have donated!

  364. Brianna says:

    Lately my favorite is Baking: From My Home to Yours. I prefer baking to cooking and that cookbook is full of amazing treats!

  365. Mandi says:

    The “new” Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s probably from the 70’s, but it was my Grandma’s, and if it worked for Granny, it works for me! Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook!

  366. Lisa E says:

    Honestly, the “cookbook” I use the most is the one I’ve put together. Of which, probably 99% of the recipes are from here! Thank you, and my family thanks you!

  367. Jodi says:

    My favorite cookbook is one I got 20 years ago that the Relief Society in my home ward put together. We lived one hour from a grocery store so all the recipes are true “home cooking”.

  368. Terry Bridges says:

    You know I love your recipes, but the most fun cookbook I go to constantly (sometimes just to read the stories) is Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes, and Honest Fried Chicken.

  369. Brittany C. says:

    How fun! I love America’s Test Kitchen! The cook books I used the most are of the ward cookbooks I’ve collected. I love knowing the cooks personally, and the types of cooks they are.

  370. Christie says:

    My very favorite cookbook is Cooking Through the Years with Ozaukee County 4-H. I love cookboks compiled by civic groups and churches – becasue you know people won’t sumbit a recipe unless it’s one of their VERY favorites!

  371. Lyndsay says:

    I love both of my Pampered Chef 29-minute meal cookbooks. Their recipes have easy ingredients and a few steps and the recipes turn out like the picture!

  372. Kate Windsor says:

    Any cookbook that involves Christopher Kimball. I have several and am always very happy with the things I make out of them.

  373. Emy Porter says:

    I usually use your website and pinterest for recipes, but when I need kitchen tips I always get out my Better Homes and Gardens New cookbook.

  374. Christy says:

    I love Southern Living Annual Cookbooks and Giada at Home Cookbook.

  375. Steph says:

    Those Danishes look *amazing*. I’ve got to get my hands on some puff pastry ASAP.

    My favorite cookbook is The Best Recipe (from America’s Test Kitchen– I love those people). You can tell by looking at it: the cover has fallen off, and it practically opens on it’s own to the recipes I use over and over again. I love EVERYTHING from ATK. πŸ™‚

  376. KShauers says:

    Looks like i picked a good day to check out your blog -new reader here – My book is more like a collcetion of favoite magazines ..mostly with Italian recipies!

  377. Ashley says:

    The only cookbook I really have is the Betty Crocker cookbook so I could really use this one!

  378. Boedee says:

    I never win anything….but I adore Test Kitchen and happened upon your site and think you are pretty darn cool. We have a lot of similar feelings about homemade food and trying to feed our families foods that we know what is in them. You are bookmarked and I plan on trying a ton of your recipes! Thanks!

  379. linda says:

    These danish look great! Like a lot of people I have a lot of cookbooks and I go through times when I’ll use one for awhile and then a different one. I live in Arizona but this time of year my favorite is The New England Cookbook by Brooke Dojny. I miss the New England fall having spent half my life in Connecticut.

  380. Sharon says:

    My favorite cookbook is the Betty Crocker Cookie Book that belonged to my grandmother.

  381. Pam Beistline says:

    A family coookbook that’s been in the family for….ever! Pick me! Pick me!

  382. Sandy says:

    I actually don’t have any cookbooks. I just go by recipes given to me by friends and family but I might have to start off with this one!!

  383. Rachelle says:

    Blogs and the internet have become my cookbook. I am hoping to soon get a copy of my mom’s binder of recipes that she has compiled (what could be better than family favorites?).

  384. Jordyn says:

    I love my Taste of Home cookbooks.

  385. Heidi says:

    I have a ton of cook books, the oldest one is my mother’s Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book given to her in 1951, but the book I usualy go to 1st if it’s not a specialty dish is The Joy of Cooking

  386. Kfam says:

    Hummm… #1 would be Cook’s Illustrated – we get the annual edition of the magazines…also have several books -American Classics etc. Martha Stewart – use her books and website. We also several of the Williams Sonoma series books.
    I use allrecipes.com to store my recipies and check for quick dinner ideas, but getting fustrated with all the “campbells soup” type recipes – I want recipes with real ingredients, not boxes/jars of prepacked stuff.
    On the weekends my husband is in charge — he goes for Charlie Trotter’s books. Too much for me!
    We LOVE your site – I stumbled upon it when trying to find a way to organize my recipes. It is a great combo of healthy/easy for me and gormet for my husgand. Great stuff!

  387. Alexandra says:

    I love all Paula Deen cookbooks, Giada too!! I probably grab Americas Test Kitchen cookbook most though!! It’s awesome!!

  388. Rachael K says:

    Other than the binders of printed recipes from your awesome website and others like it, the only actual cookbook that I have I got for when I went away from home to school. It’s Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. It’s pretty good and I still use it, but I’d love a cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen. I have a friend with one of their cookbooks, and every time I have anything she has prepared it’s amazing!

  389. Ryall says:

    My self-compiled binder of family recipes, magazine tear-outs, internet printed (many from here) and all with notes written on them to Tweek them for my fam/oven/table. I don’t own an ATK cookbook…but think they may be on my Christmas list this year.

  390. Emily says:

    My favorite cookbook is The Three Ingredient Cookbook, by Jenny White. I swear, every time I open that cookbook I find new delicious recipe that I’ve never seen before. It also has great information sections at the beginning. It was a great library find. And after I’d renewed it about half a dozen times decided that maybe I should own it–best decision ever.

  391. Sue says:

    I have lots of cookbooks, but the one I tend to use the most is my trusty Joy of Cooking.

  392. Katie says:

    My sister-in-law made me a cookbook for my birthday one year called “Man, You Know You Want to Marry Me.” Although I’m not married yet, it’s still my favorite cookbook by far:)

  393. joanna says:

    I love the recipes from The Pioneer Woman Reed Drummond….her cookbook Recipe from an Accidental Country Girl.

  394. sara says:

    LOVE the look of that danish – awesome!
    My fav/most used cookbook is Dorie’s Baking from my home to yours

  395. Tammy M says:

    I use your website ALOT ever since I found it. But I also use our Better Homes and Garden cookbook, and a family favorites recipe book that my sis-in-law put together.

  396. Brye Crockett says:

    As of recently I’ve been delving in to the Everyday Paleo cookbook. Even though I’m not Paleo (A style of eating) it had some really good recipes. Also and ATK cookbook. I love them and their magazine!

  397. Marcie says:

    My favorite cookbook is my Mom’s! She made me one before I left for college. I still use it the most out of any I have. I love her recipes and am so grateful she got them all together for me!

  398. Aubrey says:

    My favorite cookbook right now is Super Natural Every Day. Lots of whole foods.

  399. Lisa says:

    I love anything ATK does! I think my very favorite cookbook is one compiled and published years ago by Chinaberry Books.

  400. natalie says:

    I LOVE a cookbook I got for my wedding. . The favorites cookbook. I have seen it on amazon maybe once and need to find out where my friend bought it so I can share the love!

  401. Nikole says:

    Like others, I get most of my recipes online. However, one cookbook I turn to often when I need a basic recipe is “How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman.

  402. Jone says:

    I love and use my 1981 Dining With Pioneers, put out by the TN Chapter of Telephone Pioneers of America, and given to me by my mother-in-law. Simple recipes + simple ingredients = lots of good food!

  403. Kristen says:

    These look so good! My fav cookbook is one my grandparents put together with all of their recipes and gave to all the kids and grandkids.

  404. betty says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Honestly my most used cookbook is my spiral notebook full of recipes from your website! A close second is my Taste of Home cookbook.
    But seriously I love your site! And my MIL wears by America Test Kitchens. Would love this cookbook.
    Woot!

  405. Courtney says:

    My big Taste of Home cookbook is the one I turn to most. I’ve never had bad luck with any of the recipes. I must admit that most of my recipes come from pinterest these days though.

  406. Allyson says:

    One of my most loved cookbooks is “Favorites” by Grace Ivory Rock and Jane Ivory Metcalf. Great recipes, but no pictures (one of my favorite features of your blog!). Luckily every recipe I’ve tried is fantastic!

  407. Angela says:

    My favorite is the compilation of our family’s tried and true recipes that we put together for the boys. It started out when we asked my sister to take custody of the kids if something ever happened. She said she would take the boys on the condition we put together some of their favorite recipes. She reasoned that that way at least they could have familiar (comfort) foods in the event that their life was turned upside down. It comes off the shelf at least once a day. Everyone uses it —dad, the boys, and even myself.

  408. Brianne says:

    My most used so far is America’s Best-Loved Community Recipes. I love America’s Test Kitchen and how they explain what makes each recipe work.

  409. Beth L says:

    I get so many of my recipes off blogs, websites, etc. – but for old standbys I refer to Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.

  410. Terri says:

    My most used are cookbooks are from Taste of Home.

  411. Erica W says:

    My go-to cookbook is the Complete America’s Test Kitchen Recipes book. Almost all the recipes are easy and foolproof.

  412. Kellie Cash Mecham says:

    I have a 101 Crockpot Recipes cookbook that I LOVE!

  413. Jocelyn says:

    I would say the “Fix it and Forget it Cookbook”-slow cooker cookbook. You can’t go wrong when you have a large family and not a lot of time. And I love that it uses basic ingredients (not ones that I have to go to a specialty grocery store for).

  414. Lisa says:

    All the items made from The Best Recipe cookbook have been great! It inspires me to make things I’ve never made before.

  415. Natalie says:

    My 3 favorite cookbooks are:
    Mine that I have compiled from recipes mostly found on the internet.
    One put together by a local church ward
    A Pinch of Salt Lake
    Thanks for the great giveaway – I need some quick meals with my health nowadays!

  416. Heather says:

    Betty crocker and Our Best Bites – you should totally write a cookbook!

  417. Amanda says:

    My favorite cookbook is one my sister-in-law compiled with all of our family members favorite, most used recipes. I love it! I also love America’s Test Kitchen recipes!

  418. Emily says:

    does the internet count. that is where most of my recipes come from now, my husband complains I never make the same meal twice.

  419. wendy says:

    Its tied between anything by Jacques Pepin and Julia Child.

  420. Mary Jane says:

    The one I use is the one I put together of recipes from the food blogs I follow…your’s included!

  421. Jennica says:

    I LOVE my Taste of Home Cookbook, the recipes always turn out, even if I haven’t made it before.

  422. Janie says:

    The cookbook that I use the most is one that my mom gave me when I got married two years ago. It was put together by a bunch of women in our church who compiled all of their favorite family recipes!

  423. amy @ uTryIt says:

    I have to agree, fast homemade food can be just as delicious as gourmet ones. πŸ™‚ One cookbook that I used most often? IT’s so hard to think of any….because I love to try out different things and recipes all the times and hardly really settle on just one. I guess if my mom publishes a cookbook, that will be it. I love the homemade recipes that she passes on to me. πŸ™‚

  424. Jaqui says:

    Favorite most used cookbook of mine is a toss up of two great ward cookbooks: A Taste of Harbor Pointe and Wonderful Aromas from the Fallon First Ward. Just so many tried and true recipes in each of these books. If I’m not on here finding what I want it’s usually in one of those two cookbooks.
    Thanks for another great giveaway!

  425. Amy says:

    Most used and most loved cookbook??? Easily YOU!!! I know, you’re not actually a cookBOOK, but I don’t actually own any more cookbooks, since all I use is the internet! But seriously, I love your blog….and I’m NOT just saying that so I can win! πŸ™‚

  426. Denise says:

    My first cookbook was a children’s cookbook and I think it a Betty Crocker one. It taught us how to make simple foods and step-by-step instructions even with photos. I used it with my children growing up and now I use it with my grandchildren when they want to cook with grandma. PS My daughter wanted me to let her have it so she can use it with her kiddos, but I wouldn’t let her have it. It is all mine!!!! I think there is a newer version with updated recipes and photos, but I just love my old one from the early 60’s!!!!

  427. Katie says:

    I have a lot but the one I turn to the most is my old Betty Crocker one I got for a wedding gift 13 years ago!

  428. Janice says:

    The place I go most for recipes is your blog. I love it! The things I like about it the most is that it is so kid friendly and most of them are quick and easy to fix with common ingredients, nothing too crazy. I am a simple girl. I also use a family recipe book or a Betty Crocker cookbook I got when I got married.

  429. Debbie says:

    My favorite cookbooks are the old Doubleday Cookbooks. They are old but good.

  430. Randee Donovan says:

    I collect the Cook’s Illstrated series and also have a few from Cook’s Country. They are The Best!!! With the fall weather on the way, I’m looking forward to trying new recipes from The Slow Cooker Revolution.

  431. Susan says:

    I have a nice collection of cookbooks that I refer to a lot but one of my favorite is
    The New Best Recipe. Their pie crust recipe works wonderfully.

  432. Meghan M says:

    I don’t have a favorite cookbook, but I do have a binder (or 3!) of clipped recipes or passed down recipes; although pinterest is becoming one of my favorite recipe books!

  433. Mary Ann Stewart says:

    The cook book I use most is a tie between your web site and The Sisters Cafe. I find most of my dinner, snack, dessert inspiration from you two. When I am looking for an idea for dinner I log on. When I have a craving and want to try a certain ingredient, I log on. Honest. I am not lying. Before I knew about your web site– the physical cook book I always turned to was my ward cookbook. I like tried and true recipes.

  434. Melenie says:

    Mmm, I love me a cheese danish! My favorite cookbooks are compilations of recipes from people at church!

  435. Diane Carol says:

    Love ATK!!! They do such an awesome job!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  436. chelon says:

    our best bites is one of my favorites!

  437. Whitney says:

    I’ve been loving quick, easy, and good tasting recipes especially as of late and I’m always on the hunt for more. I use my Mom’s old neighborhood cook book the most. Nothing fancy but they’re definitely tried and true recipes.

  438. Jennie says:

    Joy of Cooking and Silver Palate!

  439. Nan says:

    For my basic things, I use the Better Homes and Gardens “red gingham” cookbook I received as a gift 30 years ago. I bought one for my daughter 10 years ago but many of my favorite recipes weren’t in it.

    My second favorite is Paul Prudhomme’s “Prudhomme Family Cookbook.” Don’t expect any New Orleans style food! That one is pure country Cajun. Paul and his team spent time with each of the 13 brothers and sisters, sampling and recreating their favorite dishes.

  440. the1chery says:

    My favorite is a homemade cookbook we made at a job I once had. Its called the Dei Alt Schier cookbook and it has great recipes I’ve used for over 30 years!

  441. Susan says:

    An old family recipe book. It is the best.

  442. Rachel McCabe says:

    I’m a Cooking Light and Mels Kitchen Cafe fan!

  443. holly says:

    I have the good old Betty Crocker red paid cookbook. I believe, need some updated ones!

  444. Erin says:

    I probably use my allrecipes.com cookbook the most. Can’t beat a tried and true (and highly reviewed!) recipe. I would LOVE that cookbook. Love a tasty, quick-to-prepare meal.

  445. Stacie D. says:

    These days my go-to place for recipes are binders full of your recipes. It is time to organize them better, but it would be much easier to buy a cookbook of yours. Just waiting for the word that you’ve signed a deal…. I would love to try this cookbook!

  446. Gwen says:

    My beloved cookbook… a community cookbook from my husband’s aunt. A collection of tried and true family- style recipes from Aunt Betty and her friends; all southern housewives. They never fail me! She even marked it before she gave it to me with the names of the best cooks in the neighborhood.

  447. Christine says:

    My most-used cookbook is from Our Best Bites.

  448. Amy F. says:

    My favorite is probably a homemade cookbook a woman from a previous ward made of her old family recipes. Every one I’ve tried has been amazing!

  449. Cook’s Illustrated! (But oh, how I wish YOU had a cookbook! I think I use your blog more than any of my cookbooks!)

  450. Lorelei says:

    Hands down, Rosie’s Bakery cookbooks. Always awesome and reliable to boot. I do use the web an awful lot for cooking these days though….

  451. Erin says:

    After living in West Africa, I grew to love a cookbook called 699 ways to serve Missionary. It was so helpful in making food with ingredients you could only find in Senegal. Love being back in America and having access to all of the variety again!

  452. Katie says:

    My Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club cookbook — it’s my go to cookbook, of course, after I’ve scoured your site! Thanks Mel!

  453. helen says:

    honestly, i dont have many cookbooks at all so i need to start building a collection! i have the jessica seinfeld cookbook that i’ve cooked out of and have enjoyed about 1/2 the recipes i’ve made. so not my fave! would love this book as i’ve tried a few recipes from the show and they did not disappoint!

  454. Jenn says:

    I really love The Moosewood cookbook. It proved to me that you don’t need a lot of meat to have a fabulous and family friendly meal. My favorite is the eggplant enchiladas!

  455. TrishInFL says:

    It’s probably my Betty Crocker cookbook, but I have many that come a close second.

  456. Vicki Tunell says:

    I love the New Best Recipe Cookbook from Cook’s Illustrated. I heart them πŸ™‚

  457. Eliza says:

    I always check your site first when looking for a certain recipe, then it’s my recipe boxes, and then I would have to say my Better Homes and Garden old version cookbook is my old faithful.

  458. Katie says:

    My best loved/most used cookbook is one my mom and her friend compiled of their favorite recipes. When I find another keeper recipe (like the millions I have from here), I print it off and throw it in too.

  459. Beth F says:

    My Betty Crocker cookbook, she hardly ever lets me down.

  460. Lana says:

    Oooh, this book is one I would definitely use a bunch. I love my Eating for Life book that goes along with the Body for Life program. And the only other cookbook I regularly use would be the printed binder I have full of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe recipes. How’s that for a suck-up? But it’s true. I’ve never really had any other cookbooks. I keep hearing about Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen ones, but I haven’t ever gotten around to buying them.

  461. Lorie says:

    I don’t use any cookbooks really, mostly the internet (and your one of the first sites I refer too!)

  462. Amanda A says:

    I take my trusty iPad in the kitchen and almost always have your site pulled up, I honestly do so much of my cooking from your site, thank you! As far as a real book, I love the one armed cook, it was a baby shower gift and such a great resource for a new mom.

  463. Becky says:

    I love the Cooks Illustrated cookbook. Not only does it have great recipes and step by step illustrations, it explains the “whys”.

  464. Rita Peters says:

    My favorite cookbook is Extending the Table or More-with-Less. But I’d love to test drive ATK cookbooks!

  465. monica says:

    It would be a toss up between a church cookbook and my mom’s recipes. No one cooks as good as my mom!!

  466. Laurel says:

    This cookbook sounds like just what I need. Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite and most used cookbook is our family cookbook. My mom started the first edition almost 25 years ago (using a typewriter to type every recipe for every copy!) and we now have a 4th!

  467. Elise says:

    I LOVE America’s Test Kitchen with my whole soul.

  468. Sharon D says:

    I have two favorites………both of them by Marjorie Standish. She had recipes published in a newspaper for years in Maine.

  469. laura h. says:

    Oh yum. Love cheese danish!
    My favorite cookbook is yours. πŸ™‚ When you someday come out with your own cookbook!!!
    But until then, I love the Our Best Bites Cookbook from Kate and Sara

  470. Rachel says:

    No snarky remarks here about the lack of giveaways or sponsors! Just good honest food- that’s why I love your blog and send so many people here too! I LOVE ATK recipes for the same reasons you listed. But the books I go to most often are the ones I compiled on my own, a lot like your own beloved binders! Thanks for all your hard work!

  471. Rachel Moody says:

    The one I made myself πŸ™‚ I took out my favorites from all and everywhere and put them in a photo album. I just slide them into the 4X6 picture areas. Easy keeping and no mess – plastic protected recipes!

  472. Traci says:

    My most used cookbook is a family cookbook from my husband’s side. I use it weekly to cook something from my hubby’s childhood. I hope you get out of that hotel room soon!

  473. Cheryl S says:

    My most loved cookbook is one I received when my aunt-in-law died. In it are recipes her mother used to make, mostly of Assyrian origin. They are all handwritten and wonderful!

  474. Shannon says:

    My most loved cookbook is one I have compiled consisting of favorite recipes from the internet- mostly from this website!! I began with the Better Homes and Garden cookbook for the basics from before the internet… what did we ever do without the internet!?!? Thanks Mel for your wonderful recipes and photos!!

  475. Monica says:

    I adore The New Best Recipe. I go to them first for pretty much anything. I’ve only had 1-2 Cook’s Illustrated recipes NOT become our favorite version of something!

  476. Jena says:

    My fav is the Bride and Groom cookbook from William Sonoma.

  477. Heidi G. says:

    Recently, besides your blog of course, I love the Best Bites cookbook I received for Christmas last year! But seriously, I had to buy another binder just last week to make my own Mels Kitchen Cafe Cookbook because I have printed off so many of your recipes.

  478. Brittney says:

    A little taste of France:)

  479. Emilee says:

    I love my Our Best Bites cookbook. (And I love the simple recipes you’ve been posting. I have two little ones, so long gourmet recipes aren’t even an option for me).

  480. Sherri says:

    Good ol’ Better Homes and Gardens is my favorite cookbook. Well, that … and your blog!

  481. Ashlee says:

    Yay for ATK! I LOVE every recipe I have tried from them! Thanks for this opportunity!

  482. Lorelei says:

    I come by your blog a lot, but I’m so glad I did today! I would have been sad to miss this giveaway. We have no TV, but I have checked out all the ATK dvds the library owns and watched them many, many times. I love them! They don’t have any of their cookbooks, sadly. My family’s #1 favorite dessert is their creme brulee. The cookbook I use the most is a Family Collection cookbook by Taste of Homes.

  483. Susan W says:

    I don’t use cookbooks like I used to with the internet these days…But the one I pull out for basic recipes like muffins, waffles, meatloaf is The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Solid recipes everytime.

  484. Sally says:

    The Ultimate Southern Living cookbook…. tried and true πŸ˜‰

  485. briana says:

    mine would probably be a family recipe book i got when i was married. awesome giveaway! hope you are doing well and that you get out of that hotel room soon!

  486. Joyce says:

    I have a Ward Cookbook from Kaysville that my MIL gave me a few years ago. There are some GOOD cooks in that ward πŸ™‚
    But most of the recipes I use are the printouts from YOUR website. Thanks Mel!

  487. Frances says:

    My number one “cookbook” is a collection of recipes from a variety of sources (friends & family, magazines & the internet) that I keep in looseleaf binders. Each recipe is in a page protector to make wiping up spills a cinch. I continually update the collection, writing comments on the recipes we love and tossing the ones that dissapoint. When I need a “second opinion” I consult Joy of Cooking (my number two favorite).

  488. Angela says:

    My fave is the classic Better Homes & Gardens red checkered one. My mom used it, I use it, kind of a staple when I have really dumb questions to answer like how long to boil eggs. My kitchen safety blanket. πŸ™‚

  489. Kiersten Anderson says:

    I have a ‘Pumpkin’ cookbook I was given years ago that I absolutely love. Thick and full of all things pumpkin – my favorite.

  490. Kendra says:

    Hmmmm your recipes never fail to elicit belly cravings!! (Making your White Bean and Sausage Ragout tonight!! A total fav from last fall, I can’t wait … and now this Cheese Danish might need to be Saturday’s adventure!) Can’t go wrong with Nigella Express! Thanks for everything Mel

  491. Miranda says:

    My most favorite cookbook is one a friend and her family put together. I think I use a recipe from it every week.

  492. Meghan says:

    My sister-in-law made a cookbook of all the recipes my husband’s mother made while they were growing up. I love to make him those recipes to make up for the fact that we live far away from his family. Even things out a little since we are surrounded by my family.

  493. Stephanie Houde says:

    My cookbook is a binder full of internet print-offs, most of which come from your site! No joke on this one or trying to butter you up to win- I’ve shared your site with so many friends when they tell me “oh my gosh this is so good where did you get the recipe??” Thanks for all the deliciousness!

  494. abi says:

    I used to use Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book (the famous one with a red cover) when I was first married and I liked it a lot. But now that I have been cooking and cooking for what seems like neverending years, I have been using my 4×6 notecards of the recipes that I have tried and like. And some of your recipes are their too. In fact, I recently bought a ton of broccoli and have no idea what to do with it, so I thought, “I’ll go search Mel’s blog”.

  495. Allison says:

    Honestly, I mostly find recipes online now, but my go-to cookbook is America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook…so I’d love to check out the quick version! Thanks for the giveaway, and those Danishes look amazing!

  496. Stacy P says:

    I have two that are equally torn up–The Barefoot Contessa Parties Cookbook and The Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook. Both have equally gross and stuck together pages from lots and lots of use!

  497. Krista says:

    Mostly I use the web for recipes now and recently I’ve been using the cookbook from Our Best Bites.

  498. Dawn says:

    Who needs a cookbook with great bloggers like you and my food network magazine subscription!!!

  499. Sarah says:

    I have a HUGE cookbook collection from which I cook on a regular basis – we rarely eat the same thing twice unless I find a truly stellar recipe. But, my most used cookbook is probably “Fix, Freeze, Feast” followed very closely by Stephanie O’Dea’s “Make it Fast, Cook it Slow.”

  500. Jennie says:

    I love ATK and I use their baking book a lot!!

  501. Pamela says:

    Hands-down, Pam Anderson’s “The Perfect Recipe – Getting It Right The First Time.” I’d be lost without it. πŸ™‚

  502. Heather Burcham says:

    I love to try new recipes but when I need something that I know will not fail and my family will love I use the I Do Cookbook. It is simple, has pictures with every recipe and I do their whole wheat pancakes regularly. Love your blog and your recipes too!

  503. Heather says:

    I used Taste of Home cookbooks before I discovered your website now that is what I check first. Your recipes are easy and delicious! Thank you.

  504. Abby says:

    My absolutely favorite cookbook is The New Best Recipe cookbook from Cook’s Illustrated. It is by the same people at ATK so they have the same kind of step-by-step testing to make sure the recipe turns out perfect. It’s great!

  505. Tanya says:

    My go-to recipe books are Fix-it and Forget-it (crock-pot recipes) and a collection of recipes from ladies at church that are tried and true… and of course the internet & your blog. Love all the yummy recipes you share! I’m thinking we need to move to MN to be neighbors! πŸ™‚

  506. Melanie Wyner says:

    I have lots that I love but the most used is probably OUR BEST BITES!

  507. Debbie says:

    Cookbook on my counter constantly in my life right now… Baby love. With 9 month old twins, I’m cooking a lot of baby food!! Loving the fresh quick meal ideas!

  508. Sara says:

    Shamelessly the Lion House cookbook….zucchini bread, mac and beef bake, banana bread, rolls, angel food cake…I could go on. It is just been a staple for years!

  509. April H says:

    My most used cookbook is actually one that my husbands grandmother church put together. Talk about tried and true recipes!

  510. Paige L says:

    I absolutely love my Our Best Bites cookbook. I’ve cooked at least half the recipes in it so far, and I’ve always been astonished by how delicious each recipe has been. Thanks for the chance to win!

  511. libby says:

    My favorite cookbook is my old standby–Betty Crocker, have had it for years.

  512. Laura says:

    One that I have been using a lot is called The Good Neighbor Cookbook. It has a great Peanut Butter Chocolate cookie recipe too! I also enjoy ATK and would love their new cookbook!!!

  513. Kara D says:

    Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything is my most used cookbook!

  514. Anne says:

    I didn’t realize Cook’s Illustrated had a new cookbook out – love their stuff! I actually don’t own many cookbooks that I use but I LOVE my monthly subscriptions to Everyday Food and Cook’s Illustrated!

  515. Lisa says:

    Hi Mel — I enjoy your blog and truly cannot resist a giveaway! These days I typically use my iPad and the internet for recipes but if I have to choose a most used book it would be Southern Living 1997 collection. Thanks and have a great day! πŸ™‚

  516. Jenny says:

    I love these cookbooks too! This looks like another winner!

  517. Lyndy says:

    I love my Betty Crocker cook book. I can always find useful tips in there.

  518. LJ says:

    My favorite cookbook: the one I have compiled myself over a lifetime of great baking and cooking!! Each recipe has a past, a story… they make me who I am and the family I am raising today.

  519. Elizabeth says:

    I love ATK’s The New Best Recipe and the Cooks Country cookbook! I haven’t seen this “quick” cookbook. If I dont win, I’ll have to head out to Costco soon to see if they have it yet!

  520. April Austin says:

    My VitaMix cookbook is definitely the most used.

  521. Vicky says:

    Mel, I totally appreciate that you don’t do promotions that you don’t believe in! And I love ATK too! I have a couple of their cookbooks, but my most used is their Family Baking Book.

  522. Amanda E says:

    If I use a cookbook it is probably the OBB cookbook. More often than not, though, I use the internet.

  523. kim says:

    my favorite cookbook is my last ward cookbook, use it all the time. Your blog I use TONS and love it. Would love if you came out with a cookbook

  524. Joan says:

    Better Homes and Gardens

  525. sarita says:

    I love my aunt’s family cookbook!

  526. gail says:

    better homes and gardens cookbook

  527. Shoshawna Bell says:

    I love my cooks country cookbook also put out by america’s test kitchen. They are awesome!

  528. Kathy says:

    my mother in laws. She made a binder of all her families favorite recipes before she passed away.

  529. Oh those look sooo good! Can’t wait to whip these up for a weekend treat! My “cook book” of choice is an accumulation of recipe cards from my mom of my favorite meals she made when I was growing up. Would love to have some quick easy meal ideas like in this book!

  530. Breanne says:

    I use my classic Betty Crocker with the red cover the most. Anything I make from it always turns out and tastes great.

  531. Natalie says:

    I have never purchased a cookbook. I mostly cook things of your blog or family favorites I just know and a few recipes I have collected from friends over the years. I guess I don’t cook anything without a good recommendation.

  532. Erin says:

    My mom made me a cookbook of all the recipes she makes that I love. I used it the most when I was first married, now that I know all the recipes by heart I add to it.

  533. Jackie Gonzales says:

    I don’t use cookbooks a lot…I’m always checking online for recipes instead πŸ™‚ But I do love my Taste of Home magazines that I get each month!

  534. I love my Taste of Home cookbook!

  535. Brittany Johnson says:

    My favorite cookbook is Paul Prudhomme’s Always Cooking! It is a wonderful cookbook with lots of delicious Cajun recipes! Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  536. Claudia says:

    Most often I use the Internet and recipes that I’ve gotten from friends (things that I’ve been able to try and liked enough to ask for the recipe), but I do turn to the America’s Test Kitchen Best Recipes cookbook quite regularly as well.

  537. Marcia says:

    I love my Cook’s Illustrated New Best Recipes cook book and I love my Southern Living cookbooks too!

  538. Alicia says:

    My most loved and used cookbook is the one I am making on my own with all my favorite recipes from my favorite bloggers’ sites.

  539. Camilla says:

    I love easy, fast recipes, those are the best!!! These look great, just like all your recipes!

  540. Colleen says:

    It’s a toss up between Ina Garten’s first Barefoot Contessa cookbook and Pam Anderson’s “Perfect Recipes for Having People Over”.

  541. Heather F says:

    The cookbook I use the most is the one of my family’s tried and true recipes. I also love anything Ina Garten and Nigella Lawson. As for online recipes…it’s America’s Test Kitchen all the way. This is a giveaway that’s got my name written all over it. Thanks for the chance!

  542. Katie says:

    I love getting the Cooks Illustrated Magazines and would also really enjoy getting an ATK cookbook! Their recipes are fabulous!

  543. Rachel says:

    I turn to The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook for everything (after your site, of course!)

  544. Dominique says:

    I have a large binder full of a hodge-podge of recipes from magazines, family, and friends. I also love Ellie Krieger’s cookbook, “The Food You Crave” – I really do crave some of her recipes and don’t have to feel guilty eating them! I also use my own recipe blog.

  545. Vicki says:

    I really like my American Test Kitchen skillet cook book

  546. Laura says:

    I have a LOT of cookbooks, but I think my favorites would have to be any of Barefoot Contessa’s.

  547. Jennifer D. says:

    My favorite cookbook is one my grandmother made of family recipes and her recipes she has made throughout the years. I cherish it!!

  548. Jill says:

    When I need basics or have a question about cooking times, I always go to my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I have a couple from ATK, and I love them, but most of the recipes are too intensive for this momma of little kids. This new one sounds perfect! Definitely on my wish list now!

  549. Stephanie A. says:

    My Mom’s Old Cookbook that I have bound together with shelf paper in order to keep the binding from falling apart. I cherish this book, as it was hers, and the recipes are written in language from another era. Thanks for the opportunity.

  550. Amy says:

    I love the America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book…it is AWESOME and has so many no-fail recipes πŸ™‚

  551. Shanna says:

    America’s Test Kitchen all the way! Any of their books is a go-to!

  552. Sherri says:

    My most used and abused cookbook is my Mom’s Neighborhood collection. Love those tried and true recipes!

  553. Hilary Jorgensen says:

    And this is not a lie. My most loved and used cookbook is the America’s Test Kitchen 10 year compilation cookbook. We lovingly refer to it as ATK. However, I gots me some kids as of late, so I don’t refer to it as much as I would like.

  554. Jennie says:

    Oh wow…that cookbook would be so awesome to have! Right now I use blogs far more frequently than cookbooks, but I would say that the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook is the one I use the most.

  555. Jamie says:

    A recipe book compiled by a former neighborhood and
    a recipe book compiled by my Nana who was a fantastic cook!

  556. Heidi F. says:

    My aunt put together a cookbook with all of the family favorites that she gives as graduation presents and I can’t imagine trying to cook without it!

  557. Sophie Bassett says:

    My most used cookbook right now is: Savory Sweet Life by Alice Currah. Another favorite isThe Comfort Table by Katie Lee Joel.

  558. aubrie shaw says:

    I love ATK healthy family cookbook. It’s definitely my go-to.

  559. Deb says:

    I love, love, love thsoe ATK people. My current favorite cookbook is their Slow Cooker Revolution, but I could list 5 of their books that I use all the time. I would LOVE to add this one to the collection!!!

  560. Lesli Dustin says:

    I use the web so much that I don’t rely on a lot of cookbooks, but I refer to my trusty betty crocker that I got for a wedding present for some of the basic staples.

  561. Becca Froerer says:

    I love Everyday Food by Martha Stewart… but honestly I use your blog the most!

  562. DEOI&O says:

    Love all the ATK books – and Bon Appetit. They are my no-fail, go-to books.

  563. I can’t believe I don’t have any America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks (yet! wink.). But probably my most used book is an old family cookbook! With such beloved recipes like my mom’s banana bread and grandmothers corn bread dressing!

  564. Veronica says:

    My most used, most loved cookbook is The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. The weird thing is I don’t like the cake recipes very much (your chocolate cake is way better than any of the ones I made from the book) but I go to it time and again for the fabulous frosting recipes. The cheese danish are killing me–they look so good! A cheese danish is one of my favorite things on earth and I haven’t had one in…15 years???

  565. somecallmeambingale says:

    My favorite cookbook is the original America’s Test Kitchen Family cookbook – (followed closely by their baking cookbook). I absolutely LOVE them!

  566. Amy says:

    I love my America’s Test Kitchen 2012 cookbook. Have loved the show for a long time and finally broke down and bought a cookbook — no regrets!!! It’s GREAT!!

  567. Kim R says:

    The cookbook I use most is one from my mom’s church. The ladies put their favorite recipes in a book and we could buy it for really cheap. It has some great recipes. I love to watch America’s Test Kitchen on t.v., but have never bought one of their cookbooks.

  568. Amanda says:

    Up to this point I have been a pretty big Internet recipe gal, but I am in serious NEED of this cookbook! We are building a house and in the meantime are stuck in a black hole apt with no Internet, it’s killing me to not have recipes always at my fingertips! Not to mention baby on the way, I could use some “fast food” recipes! I have to win!!!

  569. Missy says:

    I’ll be honest, I haven’t used my cookbook as often since you website came into my life, but the ones that I do still turn to occasionally are my Rhodes Dough cookbook, the binder of recipes that Aunt Marylin gave me and my Taste of Home cookbook. Love that magazine! A cookbook with quick, simple recipes is definitely something I could use! Thanks for the chance to win something!

  570. Angie says:

    My ATK Family Cookbook. I have yet to make something that we didn’t like out of ATK/Cook’s Country books. But I don’t have this one. Hoping I win!

  571. lisa says:

    taste of home

  572. Heidi says:

    my favorite cookbook can’t be bought! Its a homemade compilation of generations if my family’s best loved recipes. πŸ™‚ I love atk! We watch every saturday.

  573. Chelsie Jurich says:

    I use the cook book that the women’s group from my church at home put together. I also use this blog faithfully. I have discovered some of my husband and I’s favorite dishes on here:)

  574. Michelle says:

    I love ATK Family Cookbook–it’s the only one that gets a spot on the counter.
    Love your blog!
    -Michelle

  575. Linda says:

    I use the cookbook our church put together for it’s filled with families’ favorites. I love the ATK and Cook’s Country recipes, too. They’re tried and true!

  576. Shellie says:

    I would have to say the America’s Test Kitchen family cookbook. Love it!

  577. Lisa L says:

    I love watching America’s Test Kitchen on PBS! My most used, most loved cookbook is one received at our wedding reception: Mormon Country Cooking by Winnifred Jardine. There are lots of tried and true recipes in this book plus tons of reference material.

  578. kristin says:

    I think my favorite cookbook is my Church Family cookbook (made from family recipes from all the ladies in my church!) most of them are just down-home southern goodness!

  579. Alexa says:

    It’s the good, old-fashioned Betty Crocker cookbook for me.

  580. Jill says:

    I just this very morning finished reading an ATK cookbook that my husband found at Goodwill. Yes, I read cookbooks. The one I read before that was The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipies and Stories of My Life. He is the author of some of my favorite novels, especially South of Broad. I watch/record the ATK show on the public tv channel and I listen to the ATK podcast, so I guess you could say I’m a fan. It would be very cool to get a copy of this one.

  581. Julie Wayman says:

    I love our family cookbook and the Better Homes and Garden cookbook.

  582. Erin says:

    My go-to cookbook is the Cook’s Country Cookbook. It is foolproof and it is filled with almost all of the wonderful American recipes that I grew up with. Plus, I also love my Barefoot Contessa “How Easy is That?” which is also on my counter for quick reference.

  583. Jamie Raley says:

    The cookbook that I use constantly was made locally by a group of women and their families tried and true recipies. It is called a Taste of Country. I also use the Sleigh Bells and Sugarplums book they put together for the holidays! I would love to add this one to my collection!

  584. anne says:

    I’ve really only tested my muscle in the kitchen since the dawn of food blogs, so I can honestly say there aren’t many real “bound” cookbooks in my kitchen. I do have the good old trusted Betty Crocker bible, along with a couple Rachel Ray 30 minute meal cook books and a few church fundraiser cook books. My most cherished collection of recipes came from my mother who passed away 2 years ago. A more wonderful cook never set foot on planet earth!

  585. Harvest says:

    The New Best Recipe cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen.

  586. auntie m says:

    Betty Crocker is my old standby, but I tend to rely on a revolving selection of cookbooks from the library for inspiration.

  587. Melissa in GA says:

    My favorite is a tie between two. I have the “America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook” and I use it so frequently I had to tape the binding. The cookbook I recently fell in love with (borrowed from the library) is “Everyday Mexican” by Rick Bayless.

  588. Robin says:

    I love my cookbook from the Christian grade school I went to. It was very small (less than 100 kids in k-8) and they collected recipes from each family as a fund raiser…you can tell pretty much by who’s recipe it is if you will like it πŸ™‚

  589. Lucy says:

    I guess the cookbook I reach for the most is one of the Taste of Home Annual Recipe Cookbooks (from the year 2000). This America’s Test Kitchen cookbook looks great though!

  590. Jessica says:

    Really my favorite cookbooks are online. I love looking at everyone’s cooking blogs. Yours being one of my fav.

  591. Lila says:

    My favorite cookbook, which has never steered me wrong and provides endless inspiration, is Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Now if only there were some chicken recipes, also!

  592. Keri says:

    Better Homes and Garden

  593. Bridget says:

    My favorite cookbook is the Joy of Cooking! LOVE it!! It’s a cookbook and an educational book!

  594. Katie Brooks says:

    Currently my Taste of Home cookbook gets pulled off the shelf the most. I’m a sucker for cookbooks…love them!

  595. Sarah says:

    I love Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook.

  596. Emily B. says:

    I find that if I’m not using the book of family/printed recipes, I use the Pillsbury Complete Book of Baking and The Joy of Cooking most frequently. TJC is a great resource, every cook should have it in their kitchen!

  597. Ranae says:

    I love the Better Homes and Gardens red checkered cookbook that was passed to me from my grandma. Tha pages are fading and yellowing but it’s full of great stuff!

  598. Kim says:

    The cookbook I use the most isn’t technically a cookbook. It’s a collection of recipes and tips my grandmother typed up for me shortly after I got married. My grandma is the best cook I know!

  599. Catherine Hoffman says:

    My all time faveorite cookbook is America Cooks. 40 years of use and still going strong. It’s a great basic cookbook with amazing tricks, tips and recipies.

  600. Laurel says:

    Can I call your website a cookbook? It’s the one place I go to plan my menus. I think I cook 80% of my meals from here. I guess the other 20% comes from a
    Cookbook my mother put together for my family to have all her recipes we grew up eating.

  601. sarah d. says:

    When I was a mere 2 years old, my Grandma gave me her Mennonite Church cookbook. I treasure it to this day.

  602. Laura says:

    I LOVE the Our Best Bites cookbook! I use it all the time, especially if i’m entertaining!

  603. Katherine says:

    Those Danishes look divine. If a recipe is delicious and easy, with great ingredients, I am so there. My favorite cookbook, beside pinterest and your blog, is one that was put together for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower. Everyone sent in 2 of their favorite recipes, and the cookbook was put together for everyone to have as a parting gift. So much fun to have others favorites, and they haven’t disappoint.

  604. Jenn B says:

    Oh… I have an obsession with cookbooks. I love almost all of them my shelf, at the library, the bookstore, my friends house,…you get the picture. My favorite, probably not most used, but favorite isn’t published. Its one that my son’s 2nd grade class made for a school auction. Its done scrapbook style. It is super special!

  605. Natalie Hansen says:

    Love your website. The cookbook I use the most is Our Best Bites. I received it when my friend couldn’t find America’s Test Kitchen cookbook for me so I would love to get this one.

  606. Tammy says:

    At my house the most used cookbook is a binder with favorite family recipes from my Mom and Grandma along with new recipes that we have come to love as well! Thanks for all your great ideas.

  607. Cheryl Neal says:

    Being from the Upper Midwest this recipe falls right into coffee time. The
    possible chance to add to my love(& collection) of cookbooks in not a bad
    thing at all. Thanks, have a wonderful day!

  608. Sarah says:

    Awesome! My sister Amy gave me the giant Cook’s Illustrated cookbook for Christmas last year and I use it ALL the time now. I’m sure this one is awesome too!

  609. Christine says:

    Honestly, I use your blog more than any cookbook but when I need a quick reference, the Betty Crocker binder comes out.

  610. Phyllis says:

    I received a red hardcover Betty Crocker cookbook for my wedding and I’m still using it 38 years later!

  611. Tina says:

    I have so many favorites. It’s a toss up between the ATK, Gooseberry Patch, Southern Living, or Allrecipes cookbooks I have. None of these cookbooks ever let me down.

  612. Leigh Ann says:

    Love the Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks!

  613. Melanie says:

    I use my Betty Crocker cookbook for a lot of basic recipes. πŸ™‚

  614. Jennifer Olson says:

    I love the hand-me-down receipes from my first Church Family (the Church I grew up in)…nothing beats those receipes.

    Thank you, Jennifer Olson

  615. Summer says:

    Hmmm, favorite cookbook – that’s a tough one! The Better Homes and Garden cookbook is always a go to for the staple recipes, but being honest my most used are the books of bloggers Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman and Sara Wells & Kate Jones of Our Best Bites. I only have the first one for each of them, but for now that’s enough because I use them all the time and still haven’t made every recipe in them. Of course when I want to know the BEST way to make something I go to my ATK TV Show cookbook and that is always a winner! Would love to add their new one to my collection as it seems no-fail recipes for quick, yummy meals would help this soon to be mommy of 3 kiddos under 13 months save her sanity πŸ™‚

  616. Tracey says:

    My most used cookbook would probably be just my own that I have made. Unfortunately for my family, we eat a lot of the same foods over and over again. πŸ™‚ Luckily for them, I also get a lot of amazing recipes from THIS website that make it into the binder!

  617. Kari says:

    I love your blog and since I just discovered it – it has become my newest “cookbook”! Thank you! I also love all of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks!

  618. Maren says:

    My favorite cookbook is a binder of family recipes my mom gave me when I got married. I’ve added recipes to it as well, many of which have come from you. Thanks for helping me figure out what to make for dinner on several occasions!

  619. Katy says:

    I use a lot of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks…especially my grandmas old one.

  620. Debbie says:

    I love the ATK Family Cookbook, but this new cookbook sounds perfect! I’m always looking for quicker recipes.

  621. Carol Brown says:

    My favorite cook book is one I got as a wedding present 36 years ago. It is the old orange copy of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. It was on it’s 25th printing in 1975. It has been used, and used, and used. Still love it today!!

  622. Michelle H says:

    I love my family recipe book! My aunts and grandmothers are fabulous cooks!

  623. Alicia says:

    I don’t use a lot of cookbooks anymore, but I do like the Our Best Bites (old) one, because of the pictures. My favorite recipes come from blogs (yours is at the top of the list!) because I like to read the entry with it, and comments on how it turned out for other people. I’ve heard the ATK cookbooks are great, but don’t own one (yet!).

  624. Emily says:

    I have so many favorites…Betty Crocker has probably been used the most since it was the first I owned and because my mom used it and so it’s familiar and comforting.

  625. Holly Thompson says:

    I love my family’s traditional recipes cookbook. They are always a hit and I feel a connection to my mom and grandma whenever I use it.

  626. Jo Ann says:

    I have an old and reliable book that I helped put together many years ago with several friends…it is my go to when I need something familiar and hearty. I also have the huge spiral bound Betty Crocker along with Cooks Country.

  627. Naomi says:

    Don’t get me wrong I love my cookbooks (which have been packed away for years since we were re-painting our kitchen) and they have yet to resurface. But, now I’m a huge fan of finding recipes via blogs like yours and others. I also rely on allrecipes.com a lot. I like to hear revisions and reviews on a recipe. Oh, and as we speak I’m at work with the crockpot cooking the Ultimate Beef Stroganoff πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to get home!

  628. Valerie says:

    My favorite cookbook is the binder my husband and I put together of all the recipes we like. For new recipes I usually use the internet and check sites like yours.

  629. Brooke says:

    My most beloved cookbook is a photocopied one that all of the grandchildren got of my grandma’s hand-written recipes that she saved through the years. She’s a brilliant cook!

  630. Cheri says:

    I love How To Cook Everything….a modern classic!

  631. Jennifer H says:

    I go to the internet for most of my recipes and have very few cookbooks. One that I do own and reference is a family cookbook filled with recipes from my dad’s family.

  632. Shonna says:

    Huge ATK fan! I have several of the cookbooks, and every issue of Cook’s Country ever published. Seriously. Those and my tattered ward cookbook are my favorites.

  633. Morgan says:

    If I am not using your website or a family recipe, I love my Betty Crocker cookbook!

  634. Mary Jane S. says:

    I use a 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook I got when I was a wee one from my aunt who is still alive at almost 95!!!!! She cooked from it but really she made up her own recipes and cook she could…I try to follow better calorie substitutions cause I have type 2 diabetes, but the tried and true recipes I still make my husband of nearly 40 years likes the tried and true ones..The recipe you made looks mighty tasty and I could make it up for a gift and my hubby to boot..Would love to win the book as I love AKT and watch it on pbs all the time, always learn something great about cooking and food in general..wow whee!!!!!!!!! thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!

  635. Eleanor says:

    Those look yummy. I love cheese danish but don’t love the chemically taste many in the store have. My most used cookbook is my red and white check Better, Homes and Gardens cookbook that I got as wedding gift 18 years ago.

  636. Kelly says:

    Love ATK! My most used cookbook is probably my “Cooking with Your Slow Cooker” cookbook I got for Christmas a few years ago. A new recipe for us every Sunday (at least!).

  637. Brenda says:

    Most recently, my recipes come from various food blogs. One of my favorites is a Junior League cookbook from Colorado that I have.

  638. Jenny W says:

    I love the Williams Sonoma cookbooks, particularly their Asian cookbook. They have a chicken curry recipe in there that I make probably biweekly because my family loves it so much.

  639. Summer says:

    I love the Pioneer Womans first cookbook and I am a loyal subscriber to Cooks Country. My husband teases me because while he reads novels in bed, I am usually browsing my stack of Cooks Country magazines that are piled on my nightstand.

  640. Cindy Hovey says:

    The Heyerly Family Cookbook. I just won one in a drawing at my recent Heyerly Family Reunion. In addition to all the old family recipes, there are pictures and little bits of family history. FUN!

  641. Melanie M. says:

    I, like a lot of others, get probably 90% of my recipes from your website. My other recipes usually come from allrecipes- mostly with some custom adjustments. I would love a cookbook recommended by you!

  642. Beth says:

    I probably use the Red Family America’s Test Kitchen cookbook the most, followed by the blue baking ATK cookbook and the green healthy ATK cookbook. So, you can see that I really need the new orange one to round out my collection

  643. Jocelyn in Idaho says:

    I use now mostly the internet and blogs but the timeless classic that always seems to have room in my kitchen is the big red Betty Crocker cookbook.

  644. Katie says:

    Most of the recipes I use come from blogs, but I do use my bhg cookbook sometimes.

  645. Shari says:

    either Betty Crocker or The Joy of Cooking, depending on what I’m cooking!

  646. Ashley says:

    Yum, those look delicious!! I am all about simple recipes that still taste delicious and are made from good ingredients, so this book sounds perfect. I may have to look it up even if I don’t win. πŸ˜‰

    One of my favourite cookbooks is actually one of those fundraiser cookbooks, you know, like from schools or churches or groups. In elementary school my school did that with all kinds of family submitted recipes. Our school was a lot of Dutch kids (my grandparents are from Holland as well), so there are so many fab recipes in there for the treats I grew up with. We’ve definitely used it over and over.

  647. Andrea naegle says:

    My favorite cookbook my binder that has printouts from all my favorite websites and my mom’s favorite recipes that she gave me as a wedding gift.

  648. Kara says:

    My go to cookbook is Ina Garten Back to Basics! However, wouldn’t mind a new one from America’s Test Kitchen!

  649. Rebecca says:

    Next to my own binder of tried and trues, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Rhee Drummonds “Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl”

  650. Elizabeth W says:

    The Joy of Cooking. Classic.

  651. Kim says:

    My favorite cookbook is a collection of cooking blogs. It is the best way to try new recipes. Also, the pictures are awesome.

  652. Joanna says:

    I love my Joy of Cooking! My go-to cookbook hands down.

  653. Jennifer G. says:

    Those danish look like gourmet (and way more delicious) toaster strudel which are my kid’s favorites. We may have to try those this weekend. When I first got married 24 years ago my cousin gave me a Fannie Farmer cookbook. I still have it and whenever I need to look up how to cook something basic (like what temp to roast a turkey) i will refer to Fannie.

  654. Rosalee says:

    I often refer to my better homes and garden cookbook or else I refer to your blog! Those are my favorite sources for recipes. πŸ™‚

  655. Alison Hamilton says:

    The cookbook I use most is the family cookbook my daughter compiled and put together for a project for our family. All the favorite recipes of my mom and four older sisters are in there, plus some of our nieces who are married. It’s worth its weight in gold! And, the fact my daughter made it makes it more of a treasure to me.

  656. janet in nc says:

    Love ATK – excellent recipes every time!

  657. Ashley says:

    I love having Joy of Cooking around- it has recipes for everything imaginable. Just a good, well-rounded cookbook.

  658. Sarah H.P. says:

    My favorite cookbook right now is The Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook!!

  659. Marissa says:

    My favorite cookbook is Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Pie and Pastry Bible. I love every recipe in that thing (including her danishes. How fun to try a different recipe).

  660. Kerri says:

    Hi Mel! I think I need to make these danishes tomorrow while the kiddos are at school. Yum!! My well loved cookbook is a Betty Croker cookbook that was my grandmother’s. I love it!

  661. Tawny says:

    I LOVE American Test Kitchen, I have their “Baking” cookbook and love it. I also have a bunch of tried and true recipes I keep in a binder that I’ve printed off from online and from my Mom. Thanks for your awesome blog! I check it all the time. πŸ™‚

  662. Erin says:

    I like “Deceptively Delicious”. I’m always trying to sneak more veggies into my kids food.

  663. Katie says:

    I use the Taste of HOme cookbooks a lot.

  664. Elizabeth Wray says:

    I use our own family cookbook the most. I use it several times a week. BTW you were in my two daughters, Melissa and Tiffany’s ward in Green Bay!

    Elizabeth

  665. Whitney says:

    The Our Best Bites and The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks are my favorites.

  666. Krista says:

    I love my Southern Living cookbook! And the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks always have good “down home” recipes.

  667. Susan Kuntz says:

    This looks wonderful! My favorite cook book is the first one I got when I was married. My sweet Mom gave it to me I’ve used it bunches.

  668. Christie Ferguson says:

    My favorites are the Taste of Home yearly compilations. I can look through those endlessly!

  669. Sarah K. says:

    Those danishes look amazing, and even better EASY! My favorite cookbook is a compilation of recipes from websites and blogs mixed in with old family favorites and ones that I have accumulated from friends. The best recipes, I think, come from people who love to cook!

  670. Kayla says:

    Hmmm…most used cookbook. That’s a good question! Now, with Pinterest, I find myself hardly ever looking at a cookbook. But if I were to pick, it would honestly be a three-way tie: The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks (does that make this a four-way tie?), the Magnolia Bakery cookbook (always get asked for the recipes!), and my church’s cookbook-gotta love those tried and true church lady recipes!

  671. Kelly says:

    Betty crocker

  672. Rebecca says:

    My mom’s ancient Betty Crocker cookbook is pretty well used in my kitchen for tried and true recipes, but I also use allrecipes.com quite a bit to try new things. And of course I find awesome recipes here too! Thanks Mel!

  673. Caroline says:

    How to Cook Without A Book. Great techniques, then you can make just about anything off a “parent” recipe.

  674. BarbiJensen says:

    My newest cookbook, The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner, has been my favorite lately… my Dad let me “look at it” and it has yet to be returned! However, I am sure the cookbook your giving away would take its place quite nicely. =o)
    Thanks!!

  675. Ida Z says:

    I love your site, wish you had a book published! As far as books go . . . The one I use the most is a compilation of recipes from my grandma, aunts, and some dear family friends. They gave it to me when I moved away to college. I have used it numerous times a week now for over a decade.

  676. Kara says:

    I love the Our Best Bites cookbook

  677. Laura says:

    I love anything by Giada!

  678. Anything from King Arthur Flour is my favorite cookbook

  679. Aysha says:

    I love cookbooks and have quite a few, but I have to say that I love the Taste of Home Magazine the best (though not really a cookbook)! I have made by own by cutting out the good recipes and putting them in my own binder… that is probably my favorite cookbook.

  680. Stephanie says:

    I use the simple and humble Joy of Cooking for basics like pancakes and buttermilk biscuits. Otherwise I just use the internet!

  681. Liz says:

    I have used a cookbook titled “Country Kitchen” for 27 years. Someone gave it to me as a wedding gift and it has the best homemade bread recipe I’ve every found!!

  682. Janell says:

    I don’t have many cookbooks but I usually pull out a family cookbook when I need one.

  683. Carol says:

    The Better Homes and Gardens red-checked book and ward cookbooks. I’ve heard that the ATK books are awesome.

  684. Ruchita says:

    My favorite cookbook is the Cooks Illustrated Cooking for Two series. It’s great since I generally cook for just me and my husband.

  685. Justin says:

    The Cookbook that I use most is Alton Browns Good Eats Volume 1. It is full of basic recipes that are broken down so they are easier to understand. He also includes tid bits in each recipe about how to manipulate them for individuals tastes.

  686. tami says:

    I absolutely must try these! I love all the fast homemade cooking, as I love to cook home made meals, but do not always have the time during the week for hours of prep, etc. LOVE LOVE LOVE your site!

  687. Heather says:

    I really don’t use cookbooks thanks to awesome blogs like yours, but every once in a while when I’m making something basic I go to my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I don’t have any America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, but ever since hearing about them during the last year I REALLY want one! Let this be the one time I win a giveaway!

  688. Cynthia says:

    Of course, I mostly get recipes from the internet now. But the cookbooks I go to most often are old church cookbooks. They have the most “normal” kind of recipes that my family enjoys.

  689. Rachel R says:

    My favorite cookbook is the basic Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I love using new recipes!!!

  690. LisaB says:

    Lately I’ve used the Pioneer Woman cookbook the most, but love my old Charleston Junior League Receipts.

  691. Kelly Dorpinghaus says:

    I collect cookbooks and I’m not sure I can pick a favorite? I really like my Taste of Home Annual cookbooks, I have a couple of Gooseberry Patch cookbooks that I really enjoy, I have a Better Homes & Gardens and several different “church” or “community” cookbooks that have wonderful recipes that have been passed down for many generations. I can’t choose just one!

  692. Moosewood Cookbook and Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Molly Katzen. I love ATK!

  693. Natalie Puikkonen says:

    Mine is actually The Brown Family cookbook. It is my families cookbook and we are going to do a second edition this next year and i am so excited for it!!

  694. Beetree says:

    I have a bunch of printed out recipes in a binder (which is now falling apart) from websites… I also have a ton of recipes saved on my phone- I actually cook with it more than anything! I would love the ATK cookbook- with 6 kids (youngest is 8 smoochy months!), fast and easy sounds wonderful!

  695. Holly W says:

    As boring as it may sound, I love my Simply Colorado cookbook. It’s full of delicious, healthy recipes (rosemary lemon chicken is our fav!).

  696. Erin Guercio says:

    The cookbook I turn to over and over again? Ruth Reichl’s Gourmet Magazine cookbook. I love it because it has delicious and easy recipes for basics like buttermilk waffles and perfectly creamy cheesecake as well as more advanced recipes and a great variety of ethnic recipes as well. My other go to book? My ATK family cookbook! I love it for many of the same reasons.

  697. Lori says:

    The cookbook I have grown to love is “The Ultra Gel Answer Book”. I discovered the merits of Ultra Gel several years ago when making freezer jam and this book was a freebie with my purchase. I have been suprised how much I refer to it. My favorite is how well it keeps whipped cream from separating. Hope you’re in your new home soon. You’re a trooper for doing the hotel thing with 5 kids πŸ™‚

  698. Amber says:

    I’m always using my ATK family cookbook!

  699. Heather K Miller says:

    Right now my favorite is the Our Best Bites one. I don’t use my cookbooks often, preferring the Internet or taste of home magazine but I do use that one several times a month.

  700. Amy says:

    Wow! This sounds like a great cook book! I have found a lot of great recipes in my “Fix It and Forget It” slow cooker cook book, by Ranck and Good. I have loved having real, time-saving recipes that I can throw together and get fantastic results with. Thanks for letting me enter!

  701. LaDawn says:

    My two most-used “cookbooks” are grey binders. One is my own collection of recipes I have found (mostly online). The other is a family recipe collection with lots of old favorites. Your website is a close third!

  702. Karen Durfee says:

    My favorite cookbook is the Wallowa County Cowbells Cookbook. It is fun. And since I don’t live there any longer it is fun to make an old friends recipe.

  703. Noreen says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen cook books.

  704. Michelle says:

    I’d have to say ATK’s The Best New Recipes. I wish I had found it YEARS ago!

  705. Michelle Stocking says:

    Easily, the most used cookbook in my house is an old family cookbook with all my grandma’s recipes. The thing has food stains everywhere and is absolutely disgusting to look at. But I love it! Next to that, my favorite cookbook is The Joy of Cooking. It never fails to enlighten me when I’m confused about something.

  706. Noelle says:

    Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. It seriously lives up to it’s name. I’ve always got my nose buried in that one!

  707. Jessica says:

    I have a cookbook called Fix it Fast family favorites from Betty Crocker that I use quite a bit. That and my Taste of Home cookbooks probably get used the most.

  708. Allison H. says:

    You know, I actually use Allrecipes.com more than anything. It’s a huge amazing resource for me!

  709. Teresa says:

    Better Homes and Gardens

  710. Tamera Case says:

    Betty Crocker for old stand-bys, but mostly use the internet for new recipes.

  711. Dani says:

    I have a family cookbook that I use probably more than any other. But I would love to try this one.

  712. Victoria says:

    The New Best Recipe from Cook’s Illustrated is our bible for cooking around here. It is tagged with comments from my daughters who also have used it for years. Just got the ATK Healthy at Costco and am looking forward to using it.

  713. Carol says:

    Dorie Greenspan’s Baking from My Home to Yours….it’s wonderful.

  714. Laura says:

    My favorite cookbook is an old spiral bound book made by ladies of the church I grew up in. Many of the ladies who contributed to the book are not around any longer, but I love how their recipes still live on!

  715. Christina P says:

    That danish looks so YUMMY!

    We use Betty Crocker for so much, we also have a local cookbook that has provided some great recipes!

  716. Heather says:

    I love my taste of home cookbooks, but lately I’ve been using just your blog! I also love the Three Rivers Cookbooks. Pittsburgh thing.

  717. I’m an ATK fan also. I’ve also discovered Jeni’s Splendid Homemade Ice Creams At Home and love her ice cream recipes.

  718. Rebecca says:

    I love ATK too, but when I need a good recipe, I usually come here- to your blog! And I promise I’m not brown-nosing- it’s really the truth. Your recipes are just as fool-proof and yummy as in my ATK cookbook! So thank you!!

  719. Kimberly W says:

    I must admit that my most used cookbook is my own. I compiled all of my favorite recipes into a cookbook a few years ago and continue to add to it.

  720. Amy says:

    My favorite recipe book is the Lion House Cookbook. My favorite thing to eat in there is Sarah’s salad (the only time I ever eat peas), and of course the world famous rolls πŸ™‚

  721. Lishka says:

    My go-to book for a great one-dish dinner, either for the family or company, is “Quiches, Pies, and Tarts” by Hermes House. I’ve found that anything produced by Hermes House is quality (and no, they’re not paying me to say that!).

  722. Alissa says:

    I actually have a pile of pages in my cupboard with my tried and true recipes (very unorganized!). If there is a recipe I want to try, I search on your blog and online til I find one that looks like something I can do. If I find one my family enjoys I print it out and it gets added to my pile.

  723. Micela says:

    America’s Test Kitchen – Healthy! I love how they give tips and tricks.

  724. Val says:

    My favorite recipe book is the one my Grandma made for me the year I got married. It had all her favorites and mine as well in it and we have added to it over the years, including some new favorites from your site.

  725. Lori says:

    Wow.. gorgeous cheese danish!

    Favorite cookbook has to be SaraBeth’s Bakery From My Hands To Yours. It’s written exceptionally well and detailed enough for even the novice baker in the kitchen.

    I actually wrote a great review on this book here: http://www.thekitchenwhisperer.net/2012/04/07/sarabeths-bakery-from-my-hands-to-yours/

  726. Summer says:

    My go to is a church cookbook from 1996…it’s got a great variety of recipes!

  727. Lisa Maria says:

    Hey Mel…you sure got a lot of replies! Thank you for sharing this great recipe! I have to say that my favourite go-to cookbook is a VERY old (as in vintage now) copy of Purity Flour’s Cookbook from the 1970’s. Everything I’ve ever made from it has always turned out well. It’s the book I teethed on as a young wife and new cook. I sort of ‘stole’ my mom’s copy and its in tatters now so I have to buy me one on Amazon Thank God they’ve still got some available!

  728. Alicia says:

    I actually have made my own cookbook with an assortment of tried and true recipes that I have collected over the years from various resources! I love it, because I know every recipe in there will turn out!!!

  729. Kristen says:

    Barefoot Contessa Family Style, but really all of her wonderful cookbooks.

  730. Jen Grimshaw says:

    Rarely do I try to win giveaways, but thought I’d comment because I love cookbooks and will probably run out and buy this one when I get a chance to get to the store πŸ™‚ but I’m for saving a few $ when I can!! My go to cookbook is your blog! but actual hold in my hand go to cookbook right now is The Food Nanny. because I fully support “bringing dinner back to the table”:)

  731. Kendra L. says:

    Ok, LITERALLY last night, after making and scarfing down the Best Broccoli Beef recipe, I thought to myself, “I really should just get an America’s Test Kitchen cookbook, cuz those are all the best ones…” Please let this be fate! hahaha πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway! Hope I win!!!

  732. Susan P says:

    For company, I use my Williams-Sonoma cookbooks; for basic cooking, I use the Betty Crocker cookbook I gave to my husband when we were first dating 35 years ago; for classic cooking, I use my Joy of Cooking; but my most tattered and used and loved is my Sunset Favorite Recipes cookbook.

  733. Amber says:

    my all time favorite cookbook is an old ward cookbook that my mom gave me when I first got married 10 years ago.

  734. jan says:

    My favorite would have to be my Nieman Marcus cookbook.

  735. Lynette says:

    I have to say I’ve quit using cookbooks and just come to your blog when I need a new recipe. I think you are better than America’s Test Kitchen πŸ™‚ But if I have to choose a cookbook, I do like the America’s Test Kitchen Crockpot Cookbook.

  736. Tracie T says:

    The cook book we use the most in our family is a book put together by one of my great aunts of family recipes she had collected over the years. I think our fudge recipe is the one that gets used the most around the holidays!

  737. jordan says:

    my favorite cookbook is probably my real simple cookbook. lots of easy meals!

  738. Kristi Thompson says:

    Betty Crocker. I pull it out a couple times a week.

  739. Monica says:

    Aside from the internet, for recipes I turn to Kitchen Thyme which is a book my cousin compiled of tons of family favorites.

  740. Clare says:

    I realized a couple years ago that I didn’t have a classic go-to cookbook with a little bit of everything. Growing up, I always used my mom’s BC book. So my mom got me the BHG cookbook for my birthday – love it!

  741. Brooke says:

    I have a cookbook my mother in law made me that I use all the time!

  742. Sarah says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen and would love this book. My go to cookbook these days is actually my Cooks Country magazine. Love them!

  743. Nancy says:

    My all time favorite is the one I got when I first got married-“Better Homes New Cook Book.” I also love all of my neighborhood school cookbooks and church cookbooks. I love to see what people eat at home and how cooking has changed since they were published. But I find most of my recipes now on your website or on Pinterest. Of course I LOVE watching cooking shows on PBS too!

  744. Mimi says:

    My most loved cookbook is JOY OF COOKING.

  745. Alice C. says:

    I LOVE America’s Test Kitchen! I don’t really have any cookbooks (I find most of my recipes online), but I am definitely planning on getting the Smitten Kitchen cookbook!

  746. Michelle says:

    I’d love to find some great cookbooks. I normally use the internet to find 99% of my recipes. Your blog have become a staple since finding you this summer! I’d love to use some of your own source books πŸ™‚

  747. Brooke P. says:

    I mostly use my own created cook book which is a binder of my tried and trues (mostly from your blog;) but if I had to say I had one other staple it would be my “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook I have had since I got married ten years ago.

  748. Lisa says:

    I love cookbooks, and use so many of them. My most worn out one is Southern Living Best One -Dish Meals.

  749. Lillie says:

    Wow – Pinterest is my go-to cookbook right now, to be honest. I always have at least my iPhone with me, so I can plan on the go.

  750. Jodee says:

    I would have to say it is my family cookbook that the ladies in my husband’s family put together. PS I made your pineapple meatballs the other day……YUM!!!!

  751. Karen says:

    I have made a cookbook of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe recipes that our family enjoys or I think they’ll enjoy. Just print off the recipes I think we’ll like. I also use the Joy of Cooking I received for my wedding, twenty-four years ago.

  752. Jennifer Fung says:

    Honestly, the recipes that end up on our table most often come from your site. Beyond that, the ones I pull out the most are King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion, Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys (Lucinda Scala Quinn), and a small one called Comfortably Yum by Luisa Perkins (who is a friend of a friend). Guess I was never good at picking just one favorite!

  753. Megan says:

    Ivory family Favorites, by the make a wish foundation. No pictures but I love every recipe I have made. I am dying for an America’s test kitchen book!

  754. Lindsey says:

    Hi Mel!
    I wouldn’t say I have any particular cookbook that I use on a regular basis as majority of my meals come from family, friends…and YOU! Being able to pull out my families favorite recipes that have been handed down to me by grandparents, sister, friends, mother-in-law and my own mother puts together the PERFECT cookbook I could ever have! Yes, I know, it’s cheesy sounding…but so true!! There’s so much sentiment and history behind them all making cooking much more exciting!

  755. Char O. says:

    I love the Blue Ribbon Cookbook by Diane Roupe. All the recipes turn out great every time!

  756. Brandie says:

    Don’t really have a favorite. Haven’t found one I just love yet. Probably use Betty Crocker the most often. Have to say your blog is the first place I go for ideas and inspiration. Haven’t made anything I didn’t like yet.

  757. Celi says:

    ATK The New Best Recipe is second only to this website in my house!

  758. Mandy says:

    Hi Mel –
    The cookbook I use most often is Rachael Ray’s 365: No Repeats, A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners. The recipes quick, 30 minutes of course, and I can almost always find a recipe to make with what I have on hand. (As well as about four recipes to add to my menu planner for when I get groceries next!)

  759. Stacey says:

    Um…blogs and Pinterest are making my collection of cookbooks rather obsolete, but the new Cook’s Illustrated book is great. Would love if you put your recipes in a book though!

  760. Vivain says:

    I always go to my trusted hand written family cookbook. It has a ll my mothers recipes and simple recipes like how to cook a soft boiled egg.

  761. Anneka says:

    My favorite cookbook is ATK’s best recipes over 10 years.

  762. NicoleCF says:

    I used to consult my Taste of Home annual editions fairly regularly, but nowadays I use the internet–especially your blog! I also have a growing stack of Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated magazines that I can’t bear to part with…

  763. Alison says:

    When I use an actual cookbook I usually turn to my Cooks Illustrated Best 30 minute meals book, but honestly I get most of my recipes from blogs. I would love to have a new cookbook though!

  764. Kimberly Christiansen says:

    Mels Kitchen Cafe!!! I know that technically your blog is not a cookbook, but I use it more than any of the cookbooks that I have for recipes! πŸ˜‰

  765. Rikki says:

    I have a recipe book that my Grandma gave me years ago. They got all the church members to submit their favorite recipes and created a recipe book to mark the 100 year birthday of our congregation. It has some of the BEST recipes I’ve ever tried.

  766. April Kim says:

    I don’t use many cookbooks thanks to wonderful people like you sharing your recipes. I do have a few old cookbooks from different wards I have been in that I love to use. But besides that I am sorry to say my stack of cookbooks don’t get much use. πŸ™‚

  767. Julia says:

    While growing up, my step mom had the Fanny Farmer Cookbook (that dark maroon one) that I would occasionally break out and bake something. My most successful experience were popovers! at age 16! Unfortunately, I put down my oven mits for about 16 more years and just got around to dusting them off about 4 years ago.
    Now, my favorite “cookbook” is the internet–I love the recipes submitted to allrecipes.com by normal, everyday people.

  768. My ward cookbook is my favorite for sure. So many great recipes and so many people that I love!

  769. Norma says:

    I have way too many cookbooks but can’t resist adding to my collection. Two that are falling apart are my family cookbook amd an old Betty Crocker.

  770. Kayla says:

    Those look so good right now!

    I actually don’t have a favorite cookbook. I have a ton but only a few recipes from each that I use regularly. I’ve been dying to try out an ATK book!

  771. Aimee says:

    My best cookbook is the one I’ve compiled myself–all recipes my family and I love gleaned from sources all over! (including your blog, of course!)

  772. Adrienne says:

    I think my favorite is the ATK big red family cookbook. It’s a great resource!

  773. Cami says:

    My favorite is an old Relief Society cookbook my stake put together years ago. It’s my “go to!”

  774. Cami S. says:

    This looks like a great addition to my cookbook collection!
    I use Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” constantly.

  775. Liz says:

    My favorite cookbook is Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything.”

  776. Melissa says:

    Oooo, I’d love a America’s Test Kitchen!! Is it bad that I don’t have a favorite cookbook? I always seem to find recipes online to try that I don’t use any of my many many cookbooks. :-/

  777. Patty H. says:

    One of the many I go to is the Oklahoma Extension Homemakers Golden Anniversary cookbook, dated 1935 to 1985. I have had it for years!

  778. Jenn says:

    My most often used cookbook is Pioneer Woman’s first book. Her mac n cheese is stellar!

  779. Cheryl says:

    I really enjoy your site Mel! I’m not sure if it’s my favorite, but I always use my Betty Crocker cookbook.