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


  • 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


  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.

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

1,211 Responses to Simple Cheese Danish

  1. Toni says:

    Those Danish look great! I honestly don’t use my cookbooks nearly enough since Pinterest came into my life, but one that I love is my 30 Years of the Best of Southern Living. It has the best manicotti recipe!

  2. Hilary says:

    Hey Mel! One of the cookbooks I use the most often is the original (as in her first one) Barefoot Contessa. Love her food!

  3. I use the America’s Test Kitchen Healthy cookbook the most! I would love to add this to my collection!

  4. Elisabeth says:

    Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, hands down. Those danish look delicious, by the way…

  5. The most tattered cookbook in my collection is the Gourmet Cookbook. It may be huge and lack pictures, but it’s never steered me wrong!

  6. dallimomma says:

    Next to the one I have that’s handwritten by my Grandma, I love “The Joy of Cooking.”

  7. Stephanie says:

    The cookbook I use most is comprised of recipes from our neighborhood. My friend and I collected recipes, organized them, and put it together about 7 years ago

  8. Shelli says:

    Does your blog count as a cookbook? If not, then betty crocker for me….she’s always there when I need her!

  9. Phoebe says:

    My favorites when I am entertaining are “Foster’s Market”and Pam Anderson’s “Perfect Recipes for Having People Over”. My favorites on “any regular day” are “Weeknights with Giada” and ATK’s “Simple Weeknight Favorites”

  10. Molly B says:

    Ooooh, pretty Danish! The most-used cookbook I have is a toss up between a “make your own” cookbook loaded with some of my mom’s recipes, my favorites taken from a few websites, friends, Cooking Light magazine, PBS cooking shows, and the basic Betty Crocker cookbook, spiral bound, with the pages sometimes sticking. I’ve used it since college and is a great “go to” basic.

  11. Brandy Voight says:

    The New Betty Crocker is about the only published cookbook I pull out. Usually, I am looking for basic information when I blow the dust off. What I really use is my black binder with page protectors that is my collection of family favorites, Pinterest and other internet discovered recipes.

  12. Krysta says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country, too. They made my Thanksgiving AMAZING last year with their Old Fashioned Pecan Pie recipe (hint, hint, in case you haven’t tried it πŸ˜‰ ) These danishes look fabulous, too!

  13. Heidi loebig says:

    Right now I’m living my canning books!

  14. Kim says:

    I uses to love my Paula Dean cookbooks but now I’m all about searching the web for recipes. But when I don’t know what I want to cook or I need inspiration, I use my Paula dean cookbook for ideas

  15. Arlene O. says:

    My favorite cookbook is ATK’s Blue Ribbon Desserts. πŸ™‚ I love ATK and Cook’s Country, too — they never let me down! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  16. Stacie says:

    I usually find recipes on blogs like yours, but one cookbook I do like is Our Best Bites. Just throwing this out there. . . I think you should put together a cookbook!!

  17. Sarah A says:

    Hi Mel! On my nonstick pan I swear I don’t have a favorite cookbook, I have a favorite website, it’s called and it’s my go to for making anything and everything! My family and friends all must really think we are friends because I seriously just say “oh this is mels recipe” πŸ™‚ I don’t know what I’d do without interent so a cookbook would be awesome!!!

  18. Kayli says:

    None of my cookbooks came to Switzerland with me- luckily there is the internet, and of course I did NOT leave behind my own recipe box, which includes almost all my mom’s recipes. πŸ™‚

  19. Melissa says:

    While I generally find recipes on food blogs & pinterest these days, I do LOVE my Josh Besh “My Family Table” cookbook. And when it comes to baking, “Baking Illustrated” is the best and most reliable!

  20. Olivia says:

    We have a Betty Crocker cookbook that my mom got when she was in college…it’s older, but it has some of the best, most consistent recipes in it!

  21. Karrie says:

    My fave cookbook? It’s a very thick cookbook compiled by women in my congregation at church. I’ve had it for years. It’s my first go-to cookbook.

  22. Jeannette says:

    these danish look seriously good! when i was little, my mom used to take me out on sundays as for a treat. every time i got to the counter, i told myself i was going to try something new. but i never did. cheese danish. every. single. time.

    my most used cookbook to this day is still Dorie Greenspan’s baking from my home to yours. its gold.

  23. Jo-Ann B. says:

    My favorite cookbook is the one that I put together with all the family recipes that have been passed down. I find that I get most of my recipes from your blog or allrecipes especially when I want to try something new.

  24. June g. says:

    I’m from whidbey island, WA. I have yummy cookbook, “simply whidbey” that I use often. Also, “breakfast in bed” cookbook, I use so many recipes from this book.

  25. Kandi victorino says:

    Mel, as by as I love my ward cookbook, the one place that I always turn for yummy recipes is your site! You are a lifesaver in our home.

  26. Annie says:

    I really like the ivory family cookbooks… But honestly, your blog is where I get most of my recipes. We had the San Francisco chops just last night (& @ least twice a month)!

  27. Laura says:

    I treasure my church cookbook from when I was a kid. My mom was a great cook and has her greatest recipes in there. She is no longer here on earth to share cooking advice, so it is extra special to me.

  28. Valerie H says:

    I use my Southern Living cookbooks the most. The recipes (especially desserts) are always tasty. However, I recently checked out the Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook from my library and discovered some really wonderful recipes in it.

  29. Suzy says:

    I love any America’s Test Kitchen cookbook!

  30. Marsha says:

    I don’t really use cookbooks much anymore but I look at your website everyday! America’s Test Kitchen has some great books though.

    P.S. Made your Succulent Grilled Pork Tenderloin last night. It was a hit–VERY GOOD.

  31. Brittany says:

    I love your website! We’ve had your Grilled Island Chicken twice this week. πŸ™‚

    My favorite “recipe book” these days is not really a book at all, but Pinterest. I’ve made over 150 recipes from there in the last 9 months.

  32. Debbie L says:

    While I have “name brand” cookbooks, the ones I use most are a church cookbook given to me early in my teaching career by a student (fav cake in this one) and a cookbook put together by the Junior Woman’s Club in my town probably thirty years ago when we were all young cooks.

  33. Jen says:

    When I got married, my aunt made me a scrapbook of recipes and every woman in my family contributed one of their favorite family recipes to it….it is wonderful and fun to have our favorite family recipes all in one place, especially some of Grandma’s classics!
    Thanks for all your great posts, I have used quite a lot of them!

  34. Mary Beth says:

    The dog eared cookbook on my shelf is the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. Nowadays, recipes are more likely to be found on the internet, but I still keep this older, but still solid and basic cookbook that taught me how to cook as a new wife. Having seen you reference America’s Test Kitchen on your site, I have taken a few out of the library and made copies of recipes that looked like must try recipes. Would of course love to win one of their cookbooks for my own πŸ™‚

  35. Katie Rose says:

    Either my cooks country annuals or my BGH Cookbook. I go there for the basics all the time and if I’m looking for something different or special I head online.

  36. Angie says:

    Hey Mel! So my very first go to cookbook was a spiral bound one from my Grandma’s church. Then, I met you and it became this fantastic website! Now that school is in session, sports, scouts, and other activities have started and I found some other favorites in the Taste of Home – Busy Family Favorites (30 minute meals) and TOH Slow Cooker and One Dish Meals. But my spur of the moment go-to is still melskitchencafe!!

  37. Elizabeth D says:

    I search the web for recipes. My favorite sites are yours :), Pioneer Woman, This Mommy Cooks, and AllRecipes.

  38. Erika says:

    I mostly use the Internet and pinterest these days, but a few of my go to recipes are from the Betty Crocker cookbook. The apple crisp from there is perfection!

  39. Bethany M says:

    My go-to cookbook is a binder full of magazine clippings, printed recipies (some of them yours!) And handwritten family recipies scribbled on notebook paper and index cards.

  40. Trish says:

    My favorite cookbook if I had to choose is a collection recipes I put together from various places…some are family, others are printed off of websites like Food Network, Taste of Home, etc. I also always keep my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook nearby, more for cook times and things like that which are at the end of every chapter. But honestly mainly come to your website and a few other favorite food blogs for my recipes!

  41. These look delicious. On a random side note, I had a taco party last week and nearly everything I made was from your blog! That balsamic black bean salsa is out of this world. My friends loved it!

  42. Hayley says:

    Wish I could give a real answer for this. But honestly, my most used cookbook is a homemade one my mom gave me upon leaving for college, which I have added to, mostly from blogs like yours. Love it. Don’t have any ATK ones, but would love to! I always trust their advice!

  43. Darla says:

    The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook is one that I use a lot, but a lot of times I get my best recipes from blogs like yours!

  44. Kate says:

    Hi Mel! I always seem to rediscover my handed down Betty Crocker’s Cookbook that my mother passed to me when I went out on my own. It has all of the basics that we still love after all of these years.

  45. Oh! Such a great cookbook! I want!

    My favorite cookbook is Rebecca Rather’s ‘Rather Sweet Desserts.’ She owns a bakery in Texas and I adore everything she makes. Especially because she’s a skinny mini like me but bakes desserts all day long! πŸ™‚

  46. P32 says:

    America’s Test Kitchen!

  47. I had a recipe box with my favorites that I copies from my mom’s recipe box, but in the last 2 years, I don’t know if I’ve even opened a cookbook. Now I get most of my recipes from blogs and access them on my phone rather than even printing them out. But I love to READ cookbooks.

  48. Jessen says:

    Hmmm… I would say my Thai-Southeast Asian Cookbook that I’ve learned sooo much from. I now create my own stir frys because every asian ingredient (like the vinegars used and chinese wines are all explained). But, I do love all of my cookbooks because they’re all geared towards different styles of cooking!

  49. Julie C. says:

    Hi Mel!!! Love your blog…I have to say my favorite cookbook was one my church was selling. All tried and true recipes from our members. I’ve used this book over and over and adapted some of the recipes to our taste but I can always find whatever I’m looking for in there.

  50. Simply Susan says:

    It used to be my tried and true cut and paste recipe binder, now it’s becoming recipe blogs and Pinterest.

  51. Kellie says:

    Does Pinterest count? Because I only learned to cook in the last couple of years, and that’s where almost all of my recipes come from, with like half of them coming from here. : )

  52. Tara says:

    Those look so yummy! My most used cookbook is probably the good ol’ Better Homes and Garden’s book. You know the one, I think we all have it, with the red gingham cover.

  53. Alyssa O. says:

    The cookbook I use most is the Our Best Bites cookbook, otherwise all my recipes are ones my mom gave me at some point or got off pinterest.

  54. Julia says:

    The good ‘ole red and white checkered BHG cookbook, calling my mom, and now this blog along with a few others. Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  55. Tracey S says:

    My mother’s old, tattered, stained collection of recipes! I now have my own to pass along.

  56. Emily says:

    I don’t really have a go-to cookbook. My family loves ATK! We watch them on PBS on Sat afternoon…my kids love to watch too. Ive been thinking about purchasing one of their cookbooks but with 4 kids who all play soccer at the same time and I work part-time, there isn’t much time for elaborate meals. This would be perfect for my family! ATK, has the most amazing recipe for monkey bread!

  57. Sarah says:

    My current favorite is “The Best Recipe” from America’s Test Kitchens. I’ve even managed to decorate it with a red wine stain, (entertainingly enough, the stain starts on a recipe that does not call for wine).
    Though I would like to add that “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” is running a close second.

  58. Lynette says:

    My favorite cook book is the one I just organized (thanks to your great advice) with tried and true favorite family recipes.

  59. Allyson says:

    A Reader’s Digest cookbook I got for our wedding 17 years ago!

  60. Katie L. says:

    Hi Mel – First off, I have to say that I absolutely ADORE cheese danishes…like more than anyone probably should…so I will definitely be giving these a try in the near future. I have to say my most used cookbook is a toss-up between my Cuisine at Home magazines or my ATK Baking cookbook – love that thing!! I too am a big fan of the no-fail recipes that ATK puts out. Love their show on PBS too. It’s awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  61. Johanna says:

    My favorite cookbook is my Better Homes New Cookbook, Bridal Edition. I got it as a wedding shower gift and it makes me think of my wedding and my good friend each time I use it. It’s got great tried and true recipies that are easy to use.

  62. Merianne says:

    I use “Desperation Dinners” all the time because I am lazy like that and don’t have time to cook much anymore. But I would still love to win a cookbook – who am I kidding though? I never win anything! πŸ™‚ Thanks for chatting with me yesterday and helping me out with my silhouette. I love you!

  63. Karrie says:

    These look great and so easy! I love Ina Garten’s original cookbook and often reference The Joy of Cooking. I love cookbooks…

  64. Hannah says:

    My slow cooker cookbook!

  65. Sieglinde says:

    I honestly have been using my favorite list of blogs (yours included) the most lately. However, I do love my original Americas Test Kitchen πŸ™‚ SO excited for this book!!!

  66. alison says:

    These look delicious! Love your blog!

  67. Carla says:

    My favorite cookbooks are the two simple ones that my church published, Come & Dine and Come & Dine Again. They are full of tried, tested, and true recipes.

  68. Liz B. says:

    My favorite is ‘Joy of Cooking’ – it seriously has EVERYTHING you need to know about cooking and baking anything.

  69. Laurie N. says:

    My most used, loved and cherished cookbook is the one I made of all of my grandmother’s recipes. After she passed away, my grandfather gave me her collection of yellowed index cards that had the recipes of the most incredible Italian dishes. I compiled with photos and stories and gave one to each family member. It’s still so great to see the index cards today with her handwriting. And some of the ingredients crack me up such as needing a 25 cent Hershey’s bar for cannoli filling. Um, where can I find that??

  70. Laura says:

    I like my Better Homes and Garden Bridal Cookbook that I received as a wedding gift.

  71. Heidi says:

    Before Mel’s kitchen cafe became my go to “cookbook” I often used my lion house cookbooks (classics and dessert editions). I have a hunch you will be a cookbook someday!!

  72. Janel says:

    I use the internet and save so many of my recipes in a binder system similar to your own. But when I need a trusty, reliable recipe I turn to my mother’s 1970 Betty Crocker cookbook – Betty never fails!

  73. LindaB says:

    Betty Crocker hands down!

  74. Janine says:

    The classic BHG.

  75. Mariah says:

    I love Joy. You know, as in Joy of Cooking? I got it when I was married, and it’s walked me through steaks, perfect mashed potatoes, and even some of my favorite cake recipes! A real cornerstone!

  76. Avery K. says:

    My favorite is The Kimbell Cookbook (from a local art museum in Fort Worth). The museum has a cafe and I have found the best quiche recipe in this cookbook!!

  77. Lauren K. says:

    My favorite recipe book is the one that my bridesmaids and female relatives created for me as a wedding present. It includes some classic family recipes as well as new ones for me to try! I love being able to think about the person who gave me the recipe as I prepare the dish.

  78. Jenn W. says:

    My most used cookbook is the one that I’ve compiled over the years. It has all of my favorite recipes. My second favorite place for recipes? Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, of course!!

  79. Kerri A. says:

    I have to say that one of my favorite cookbooks that I go to is a church cook book that my mom handed down to me. It’s one of those books that the church put together and then sold to raise money. Love it!

  80. whitney says:

    Your website is my cookbook! I know that anything I try will be wonderful:)

  81. Bree H says:

    I use my simple Better Homes and Gardens cookbook the most, but I have a feeling this cookbook would become a new staple in our home!

  82. Dana says:

    I pull out my ATK & cooks illustrated (the big green ones that have every recipe from that year in them) daily.

  83. Erin Harvey says:

    My favorite cookbook is the ATK Family Cookbook. I definitely want the Quick book!

  84. Jodi says:

    I don’t think I could narrow it down. I have so many and love them all, but I do have to say our family cookbook is one I always use.

  85. Jodi says:

    My favorite cookbook is a family collection from my sister’s in-laws!

  86. Beth W says:

    I love my Baking Illustrated cookbook. My husband would LOVE for me to make these cheese danishes… yum!

  87. Anne Marie says:

    My favorite is an old Betty Crocker red and white cookbook – over forty years old – but still a good book!

  88. Jackie says:

    I LOVE the Simple Recipe book by the ATK group. Quick, easy and tasty recipes. Our favorite is the Empanadas recipe. The danishes look great and I’ll definitely but this new book on my wish list!

  89. Patricia says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe! I am looking forward to trying it one morning really soon. As far as favorite cookbook: The Country Wife Cookbook is my favorite!

    It is my favorite because it is a cookbook that I have built over many years (starting when our children were old enough to help with cooking meals about 30 years ago) and continues to the present, when I add new recipes.

  90. Kristin says:

    My most used cookbook is The New Best Recipe! I absolutely adore America’s Test Kitchen, and would LOVE to win this giveaway!! Love your site – the recipes never disappoint!

  91. katie says:

    One of my favorite’s is a old church cookbook from my granny~ the other is a cookbook i put together with favorites from our friends & family~ i find more & more i go to the internet more than my bookshelf~ all great recipes!

  92. Sharon says:

    My most-used cookbook is the one from my cooking class in college. Something about knowing that the recipes aren’t for trained chefs sure helps me out!

  93. melissa duran says:

    Most nights i cook out of a family cookbook my mom put together for everyone for Christmas two years ago.

  94. Kim J says:

    I have a lot of cookbooks..I love them, but the one I alway return to is the one I got when I got married, Betty Crocker!

  95. Efrat says:

    first, let me say i loooove your recipes and already tried about 20 of them. about the giveaway… well… i’m from Israel, so most of the cookbooks i use are in Hebrew, i assume you wouldn’t know them. still, my most used one is called (loosely translated) “a sure recipe” (in Hebrew this is wordplay since sure and safe are the same word).

  96. Christiana says:

    I love cookbooks! I mostly find recipes on blogs now, but when I first started I used the Better Home and Gardens and Taste of Home cookbooks.

  97. Christina says:

    Sadly, I don’t have a cookbook. I have a handful of recipes from my late mother and a few that are committed to memory. If I want to make something, I usually look it up online. I come to this site, sometimes Pioneer Woman, and of course, Pinterest πŸ™‚ I absolutely LOVE ATK and Cook’s Country and I watch them faithfully. I would love to have one of their books! Thank you πŸ™‚

  98. Liss says:

    I love ATK cookbooks and Everyday Food πŸ™‚

  99. Sheryle says:

    My Fannie Farmer cookbook – it tells me everything I need to know about cooking and baking and has some wonderful recipes too.

  100. Amy V says:

    I would have to say that my favorite cookbook (currently) is Cook’s Illustrated. I picked it up after your suggestion and have been cooking/baking from it ever since! America’s Test Kitchen’s Quick Cookbook would be really beneficial during weeknights with two boys playing multiple sports/groups/clubs! Good luck on house hunting!

  101. jan says:

    i love to collect cookbooks…but don’t use them very often! magazines are so full of great recipes….when i do use a cookbook the first thing that comes to mind is the peanut butter cookies in my better homes and gardens cookbook…yum….

  102. yasee says:

    For the past year, the cookbook i’ve used often is The Steamy Kitchen cookbook.

  103. Kathy says:

    For years I have relied on cookbooks compiled by our church ladies and they have never failed me. I also use my collection of family recipes handed down through generations of great cooks. But, showing the “change of times”, I have more and more loved going to food blogs on the internet, like Mel’s Kitchen Cafe! Love it!

  104. Allison C says:

    I use Dori Greenspan’s Baking: From my home to yours a lot. I also use Baking Illustrated a lot as well.

  105. Karen Wolff says:

    Sorry mine will not help you very much but my most used/favorite cookbook is my child’s school family favorites. I’m also a big fan of the Betty Crocker monthly little cookbooks! Thanks for the giveaway and hang in there!

  106. Tara says:

    I absolutely love America’s Test Kitchen recipes, and their cookbooks are my most used. In particular, The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. So, I know I would love to have The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook. Their quick recipes never taste quick.

  107. Katie Eagy says:

    Mel, thanks for the giveaway! Honestly, your website is my go-to cookbook! I cook at least 75% from your recipes and when I need something specific I search for it on your site. Thank you!!

  108. Katie says:

    Joy of Cooking is my go-to cookbook for almost everything. It has seen me through seven years of marriage and never lets me down!

  109. Anna says:

    I love any cookbook from Cook’s Illustrated! They always seem to have amazing recipe and I don’t think I’ve ever made a recipe from them that didn’t turn out.

  110. Kim in RI says:

    I am a cookbook fanatic! Love to just sit and read them and those with lots of pictures make me the most happy. My go to all the time for a yummy recipe cookbook is the Complete Cooking Light from 2008. I have made just about every recipe or variation there of from that book!

  111. Tami says:

    I pull out my old, tattered Betty Crocker cookbook when I’m feeling nostalgic and craving meals from my childhood. Nowadays I look mostly online for inspiration.

  112. Megan says:

    I LOVE ATK, and their Complete TV Show cookbook is our go-to.

  113. Meaghan says:

    I don’t use cookbooks nearly often enough. But my grandmother gave me one put out by King Arthurs Flour, and I love the baking recipes in it!

  114. Loren C. says:

    The cookbook i use most is the one my mother made me for Christmas one year with all her recipes over the years she uses. It’s my favorite!

  115. Armella says:

    An old favorite of mine is Real Soups.

  116. Betty says:

    The Joy of Cooking

  117. Mary says:

    Mine would have to be Bittmans How to Cook Everything. It is my go to. But I love reading my 1960’s Fannie Farmer…

  118. Alicia says:

    The one book I use the most is the one I made for myself adapted from the one my mom gave me for my wedding gift 20 years ago. She took all my favorite recipes and some of her own and put them into a binder for me. Over the years I’ve taken out the recipes I didn’t really like or use that often and replaced them with ones that I’ve come to love over the years. I plan on making a recipe book for my 2 younger daughters in the next year.

  119. Nancy C says:

    I use Pillsbury Family Cookbook all the time.

  120. I have an old cookbook put together by our church group (ward) that I have used so much it has fallen to pieces. I still use it but I have to store it in a ziplock bag.

  121. Ted says:

    Betty Crocker

  122. Ginnie says:

    My fave cookbook is the king arthur flour baking with whole grains book. I haven’t had any recipe that I didn’t like yet. And they’re whole grains!! I love it.

  123. April Kirby says:

    Mine is the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. Definitely my go-to!

  124. Susanne Nielsen says:

    My go-to cookbook is one put together by my church group about 10 years ago. Can’t beat it!

  125. Christina says:

    Well, I have to say that I go online a LOT now when looking for new recipes, but my old standby is the More-with-Less cookbook.

  126. Jennifer Fischer says:

    It’s actually a BAKING book, but my go-to is Good Housekeeping’s “BAKING.” The binding is broken and the pages are sticky; there are notes on almost every recipe. To me, that’s the mark of a GREAT cookbook!

  127. Peggy Ann says:

    I have two that I use the most…Hollyhocks & Radishes: Mrs. Chard’s Almanac (got this one on vacation in Michigan years ago!) and Pasta by Eric Treuille & Anna Del Conte (I am a pasta freak!). Blogs supply so many great recipes now of course. And I love the Cook’s Country magazine! Hope you find a house soon! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  128. Christine says:

    Ooh that recipe looks so yummy!

    As for my tried and true recipe book? That would be my very used & beat up Betty Crocker book. I remember using my mom’s (from the 70’s) when growing up and when I got married she bought me my own (newest edition of course) and that is my go to book.

    However, I have lately been loving the Taste of Home series of hardback cookbooks. I’m a bit of a cookbook hoarder? I love seeing new recipes & trying them out. I’m LOVING the dinning downloads website that sends me emails about free cookbooks on daily. LOL

  129. Caitlin says:

    I love the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks – any of them! πŸ™‚

  130. Jan says:

    My favorite cookbook is my oldest-The Better Homes and Garden Cookbook I’ve had for 47 years

  131. Melissa A. says:

    The cookbook I use the most is an old church cookbook from the church I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. I’d love to add this to my cookbook collection!

  132. Cindy B. says:

    That’s a tough one…I guess my Taste of Home Baking Book.

  133. Jenifer says:

    Joy of Cooking. I love their pancake recipe.
    Otherwise, the internet is one big old cookbook to me πŸ™‚

  134. Andrea L says:

    My go to cookbooks are Cuisine at Home series they are all fabulous. However I turn more these days to my online recipe box which has everything from my recipes to all the great blog recipes I have found and tried.

  135. Robin M. says:

    Right now, my favorite cookbook is Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt as I am in full-blown canning and preserving season. I also love Cook’s Country! I would love to be able to add this new cookbook to my collection.

  136. Kate says:

    I would love to try an ATK cookbook!

  137. Kristin R. says:

    My most used, most loved cookbook is definitely the one I put together with all of my favorite recipes.

  138. Kay says:

    I rarely miss with “The Joy of Cooking” but love cookbooks. Newest favorite is Ten Dollar Dinners” – frugal yet elegant!

  139. Miz Gala says:

    Fannie Farmer!

  140. Signe says:

    Being Danish, I feel that I should tell you that pastries in Denmark never ever have cheese in them. I’m not really sure how the American version came to be, but it’s pretty funny to me that they’re called Danishes when I’ve never seen that kind in Denmark. Anyway, I’m sure they are delicious!
    My favorite cookbook is a Danish one called “God mad, let at lave” (Good food, easy to make). It is the most amazing basic cookbook that will help you with literally anything from how to boil an egg to how to plan a 5 course fancy dinner. Plus it has great information about nutrition values of different foods, how to store leftovers, etc.

  141. Midge says:

    Cheese danish are one of my weaknesses and now you’ve made my life so much easier. I will have to buy this cookbook (if I don’t win it!)

  142. Jenneylyn F says:

    I’ve always wanted to make danish, but I’m still a little scared of dough. This seems just my speed! Anyway, my favorite cookbook is my great grandmothers old Good Housekeeping Cookbook from the 60s. I love it and some of the recipes in there are hilarious. Would anyone like some meat jello? πŸ˜‰

  143. Summer says:

    I use a family cookbook and the Internet for a lot of recipes. Your site is my first stop! Thanks for the giveaway!

  144. Kim J says:

    I have always loved my Joy of Cooking cookbook. I also really like Favorites and Keeping Up from the Ivory family, but anymore I usually just turn to my favorite food blogs and pinterest for my inspiration and direction, namely right here! I can’t go wrong with anything from your site!!

  145. Midge says:

    Oh, sorry, my favorite cookbook is one my mother gave me from her church. She’s been gone 25 years now, and I still use that cookbook all the time.

  146. erin says:

    Americas Test Kitchen has the best cookbooks. Definitely my go to cookbook. I will have to look inti this quick version.

  147. Karen Matthews says:

    Honestly, I’ve tried so many cookbooks but never had much luck with recipes…I’m domestically challenged (sad but true !! LOL) but I did have the best luck with a couple of recipes I tried from the America’s test kitchen best recipes book.

    I would love to win this new quick family cookbook. Quick and easy recipes from America’s test kitchen would actually make me feel successful in the kitchen which is something I rarely feel πŸ™‚ !!!

    Thank you for giving me the chance to win this lovely new book Mel πŸ™‚

    Karen XO

  148. Heather says:

    Ive never heard of these cookbooks before. I can’t wait to see if my library has some to check out. My favorite cookbook is the one my family put together. I love having all my family recipes on hand. Because no one can cook like Grandma!

  149. Sarah says:

    Those danishes look amazing- can’t wait to try them! If your blog doesn’t count as a cookbook, then most used paper cookbook I have is my old-school Betty Crocker, circa 1954, I think. My mom gave it to us for a wedding gift, and I use it at couple times a week.

  150. Believe it or not, besides my Cook Country cookbook and my trusty Joy of Cooking, the most well-worn cookbook I own is a cookbook for dog treats/biscuits called Good Bites. I make them biscuits every 10 days or so and for some reason, even after all those treats, I can’t seem to remember the recipe in my head.

  151. Jennifer says:

    I read cookbooks like novels. My husband and kids will often find me with a pile of cookbooks spread around me, just looking at them for fun. My favorite has to be a Hershey’s cookbook I got over 20 years ago! I know it is only desserts, but I love it! My daughters and I love your blog! Thanks!

  152. Julie says:

    I have so many cookbooks, I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one!… I probably most refer to a cookbook that I put together with many of my own favorite recipes (some of which came from YOU!)

  153. HollyH says:

    Years ago , my son wanted me to cook from a Star Trek cookbook! I guess he thought that would be so cool! His dinners actually came from the Betty Crocker book!

  154. Jen T says:

    My mother-in-law made a cookbook for my husband when he left for college of all their family favorites. I use it all the time. It is the best!

  155. Rebecca says:

    I just subscribed online to Cook’s Illustrated and I would love to have this cookbook. It would be so useful in Rwanda, as we don’t have TV here and would love new recipe ideas!

  156. Teresa says:

    I love cookbooks. I read cookbooks for fun. Ever since I was introduced to your website, I’ve used your methods to organize my recipes into my own cookbooks. I do have two favorites–one if The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner and the other is my mom’s. My mother has put together a cookbook with favorites from her 6 daughters, two daughters-in-law, three sisters, Church friends, and neighbors. The third edition came out this past summer. Any time I need a recipe, I look in my mom’s cookbook, your website, then consult the Food Nanny!

  157. Sarah Haring says:

    I’m a big “Barefoot” fan – that is how my daughters and I refer to Ina Garten. We often discuss new recipes we’ve tried or dinners that went over really well and 9 times out of 10 one of us will say: “it’s a “Barefoot” thing.” I have several of her cookbooks, but my favorite is “Back to Basics.” She includes a blurb about how she makes a grocery list…such a small thing, but it was life changing for me!

  158. Barb says:

    My mom gave me a copy of our church’s cookbook, with wonderful recipies from all the “old church ladies”. It’s become my go to book for those tried and true recipes!

  159. Heather Spooner says:

    My most used and loved cookbook is one that my grandmother’s church published. Tried and true recipes collected from all the wonderful Southern cooks in our community. Pure gold.

  160. Emily says:

    My most loved cook books are the set of Meta Givens’ Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking that I got from my grandmother when she passed away. My most used one is my Betty Crocker cookbook.

  161. Teresa R. says:

    The book I use most is actually a notebook I put together myself from recipes I’ve found online, in magazines, and in cookbooks. Many of the reciepes came from this site.

  162. Emily says:

    Most used AND most loved cookbook? The tried and true collection of extended family favorites-the Nelson Family cookbook.
    I am an ATK fanatic-and I get a little giddy whenever I see you reference Cooks Country or ATK in your recipes-as I know they’ll be winners. Thank you for the opportunity to win! If I don’t win at least I know what to add to my birthday wish list!

  163. America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated are definitely my favorite/stand-by cookbooks! Great giveaway – thanks πŸ™‚

  164. Pam says:

    Love their recipes! My favorite cookbook is the one I put together many years ago for my son’s school using all the mom’s recipes. The children were so proud to see their names and their mom’s names under each recipe submitted.

  165. Shayna Boyce says:

    Love your recipes and I actually have everything to try this one today, so I am excited!
    I have twin girls who turned two this past Monday, and so for me time saving is HUGE! For me, my favorite cookbook is not one you can get on a shelf…it is one that my family, church family, and friends put together for me as a shower/new mom gift. Some of the recipes are those I grew up on, others are things I had never heard of, but the fact that it was put together with love for my growing family makes it one of my favorites (And I have lots!)

  166. Natalie Watkins says:

    Mine most loved cookbook is definitely Giada’s Everyday Pasta. Pages are ripped and food splattered, but definitely still readable!!!

  167. Carrie says:

    I have a collection from my mom that I use most often. I also like the Ivory Family Favorites Cookbook.

  168. Chelai says:

    My most used cookbook is G. Garvin’s Turn up the Heat.

  169. Ciara says:

    My most used cookbooks are the pioneer woman’s and my own binders stuffed full of favorite recipes and ones that ate asking to be tried!

  170. Shannon says:

    Um, I’m really, honestly not trying to be a brown noser, but I’d have to say YOUR BLOG is my most used cookbook! Between you and random Pinterest recipes I’ve pinned, I tend to have my laptop open on the counter while I’m cooking rather than referring to a book for a recipe πŸ™‚

  171. Terry says:

    I’d love to give this cookbook a try. This is the first time I ever heard of it.

  172. Karen says:

    I love the Pioneer Woman cookbook, plus I follow several blogs and who can forget Pinterest! πŸ™‚

  173. Cheryl says:

    My favorite cookbook, my ‘bible’, is the ‘New’ Good Housekeeping Cookbook (1986 edition), which my sister bought for me in the late 80’s when I wasn’t eating right and was severely under-weight. Other than some blog recipes that catch my eye, this is my go-to recipe book. Even my ex- mother-in-law had praised meals I’d made from recipes in this cookbook.

  174. Danielle says:

    I’d have to say my mom’s really old (like orange old) Betty Crocker Cookbook. The one in the 3-ring binder.

  175. I misquoted the name of my favorite cookbook above, sorry, it’s called DOG BITES
    and here’s a picture of it:

    Sorry about that!

  176. MArtha Ann says:

    My favorite cookbook is a family book that I have compiled. I have recipes from my mother,grandmother,mother-in-law, and you!! These are recipes I use all the time!

  177. Sarah McEwen says:

    I really don’t use a cookbook much–love the internet πŸ™‚ But I do have a lot of recipes that are handed down from ward cookbooks, the best of the best–usually! And thank you too for all of your AMAZING recipes. They honestly make up over half of my recipe binder now!

  178. Roni says:

    I have so many cook books it’s ridiculous. My husband makes fun of me about the fact that the cook books are taking over the kitchen, but one of my favorites is “The Recipe Hall of Fame Cookbook” So many yummy recipes. Every one that I have tried in there has been excellent!

  179. Sheena says:

    My favorite cookbook is the one I put together. I frequent 3 cooking blogs and once I try a recipe if my family gives it thumbs up, I put it in my cookbook πŸ™‚

  180. Ane says:

    My favorite cookbook is my own family cookbook that I’ve been creating over the years with my daughters! It’s has all our family favorites.

  181. liz h says:

    This is a great give-a-way! Thanks! I love my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and use them all the time.

  182. Laurie says:

    My favorite cookbook is the Woman’s Day collector’s edition cookbook. It was printed in 1970, and my mom used it for recipes when I was growing up. She’s gone now, but I still have this wonderful old book to remember her by and make the foods she made for us as kids.

  183. Estee says:

    My favorite cookbook that haunts my kitchen is the original Americas Test Kitchen Family cookbook!

  184. Jeanna says:

    My favorite cookbook is a collection cookbook from a local church.

  185. Ann J says:

    Uh, does a laptop on the counter with your website count? That’s the go-to lately, but if it is a hard copy book, then I have a cookbook from my hometown’s centennial (from the mid-1980’s), that has all the recipes I grew up with and is always what I fall back to.

  186. Orghlaith says:

    I have an ancient cookbook passed on to me by my mother-in-law. It has some recipes that I would never try but were popular 70 years ago. The cover and many of the introductory pages are gone. The tried and true recipes rescued my newlywed self many years ago and continue to be my go-to recipes. Flaky pie crust, jam, breads, roast turkey and some interesting side dishes show up on the table week after week. Some things are timeless. And some of those recipes have come around into popularity again. Clean eating dieters are rediscovering how food used to be prepared.

  187. Kalyn says:

    Honestly, my favorite cookbook is my America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook…so I’m sure I would love this one!

  188. I’ve been using the Now Eat This cookbook a lot after having my last baby. The weight did not just “melt off” like it does for some, so good old grandma bought me the book for my birthday. It took some thick skin to receive with a smile, but I’ve actually enjoyed the healthy recipes & I’m back to my old weight. I think I should celebrate with a cheese danish!

  189. vanessa shannon says:

    The cookbook I use the most is probably my old checkered Better Homes & Garden that my mom gave me, ohhhh, 22 years ago? LOL…its my favorite πŸ™‚

  190. Chelsea says:

    My favorite is Pioneer Woman: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl! I love it, and so does the hubby πŸ™‚

  191. Kristen Wilcox says:

    An old church cookbook of my mother-in-laws is my go-to cookbook!!

  192. Sarah P. says:

    Sounds like I better check out an ATK book from the library (or win one :))! Everybody seems to love them! My most used “cookbooks” are the ones I have compiled from online recipes and recipes from collected from my mom and mother in law.

  193. Cara S says:

    Don’t use my actual cookbooks much anymore – my binder of recipe printouts is my go-to these days! Do love our Wooden Spoon Bread Book for baking, though!

  194. Jen says:

    I still rely on Desperation Dinners & Cheap. Fast. Good! for quick meals with ingredients I usually have on hand. I also use Southern Living & Cooking Light cookbooks, especially the ones with quick recipe suggestions.

  195. Hannah says:

    Thank you so much for your give away – I am a Taste of Home gal all the way. Keep up the amazing work – you truly inspire us!

  196. Jpetroroy says:

    I love my Betty Crocker cookbook,

  197. steph says:

    I use my bettey crocker one almost every day!

  198. riv says:

    Yum!! I love the precision of ATK; would love to see some of their recipes πŸ™‚

  199. Libby says:

    I’m trying to remember when I last used a cookbook other than the binders I’ve compiled with recipes from family, friends and the Internet
    (Don’t tell my husband–I don’t want to need to justify my collection of cookbooks. I love cookbooks–I just don’t have a favorite, apparently.)

  200. Sarah says:

    Hope Mel’s Kitchen Cafe counts as a cookbook, because it’s my go-to to find recipes I can count on being good and that my family will love!!! Thank you for constantly adding more and more wonderful recipes πŸ™‚

  201. Leah W says:

    My most used are definitely my church cookbooks – they always have the best recipes!

  202. Natalie B says:

    My most loved cookbook isn’t one that could be shared, unfortunately. It’s one my mom made me and my sisters several years back from all of our old family recipes. I’ve been adding to it myself ever since and use it all the time!

  203. Heather says:

    If your website doesn’t count as a cookbook I guess it would be a family one that I have and have used for the 10 years we have been married. Would love to have this one though. I can’t believe you have time to be doing this with all you have going on. Thanks for all you do!!

  204. Mandy says:

    I use a crockpot recipe book my sister gave me.

  205. Renee says:

    These look amazing. I love ATK. I have numerous cookbooks. Way too many. I am with cookbooks like some women are with shoes. I think my favorite would be the baking illustrated cookbook. I have multiple binders like you do with printed off recipes and hand written recipes in plastic sleeves and I probably use those more than any one single cookbook.

  206. Shane Birkey says:

    I have an obsession with cookbooks but the two that I use the most are The Best 30-Minute Recipe as well the The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. By the way, I love your blog and have added many of your recipes to our rotation.

  207. Jan Rogers says:

    My go-to cookbook is my Mothers’ Betty Crocker Cookbook. It has all her hand written notes, on almost every recipe, and when I need a hand in the kitchen, I “feel” Mom, as well as Betty! standing right behind me! And your yummy easy EASY! Cream Cheese Pastry’s are delish!! I had the recipe from a few years ago, and lost it!! Thank goodness YOU found it!! Thank you!

  208. Crystal B. says:

    My favorite cookbook right now is Pinterest! I have so many recipes pinned that I doubt I’ll ever get to them all, but I make it a point to try something new every week! And now I’ll be trying these danishes! Thank you!

  209. Christy says:

    Oh my goodness…I have been looking for a simple cheese danish recipe and this is perfect. Cannot wait to try.

    I don’t often use a cookbook any more other than the one I am making with my recipe cards I use to write down recipes I find on the internet… I do have Joy of Cooking and I adore looking through it and finding a new recipe…so much fun!

  210. Amy says:

    I actually get most of my recipes from your blog! I have a Betty Crocker cookbook that I use for a general reference, but it is not my favorite. I borrowed a Joy of Cooking from the library and loved it!

  211. Martha says:

    Your blog would be one of my recipe books, you are the go to. Thanks for all your hard work!

  212. Marty says:

    I guess it would be an old church one that I have had for years.

  213. Margaret says:

    My most used cook book is the Cake Mix Dr Returns.

  214. Ruthie says:

    A tough question-there are so many good ones. But I do love & use my ATK “Best Make-Ahead” cookbook a lot!

  215. Laura S says:

    For basics – I use Joy of Cooking alot. BHG too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  216. Michelle says:

    I have a cookbook from my aunt’s grandma that I love. Every recipe is tried and true because she developed almost every one. If love this cookbook. Take care!

  217. Jessica says:

    I love Rachael Ray’s 365 No Repeats. There’s a ton of great recipes in there

  218. Paula Davis says:

    My favorite cookbook is Mad Hungry from Lucinda Scala Quinn. But really, I have two portable file boxes with file folders FILLED with recipes from magazines, the internet and my grandmother :o) that I go to daily. You can tell that appetizers are my fav because that folder is 3x the size of all the others!! Thanks for taking the time to post so regularly. I LOVE this site!!

  219. Connie says:

    My mom gave me The Southern Living Cookbook when I was out of college. I have used is so much that the cover is very worn. But it was nice to go to when I could not call mom for help. Your blog is also a great help in “whats for dinner”. Thanks for a lovely blog and wonderful recipes and stories.

  220. Shawnne says:

    Don’t be mad about it cause I cook something from your blog every night, but I also like our best bites book!

  221. Deanna says:

    Although I have quite a cookbook collection, these days I seem to rely on food blogs more than anything, or pinterest. Love ATK though!

  222. Sarah says:

    My go-to cookbook is ATK’s Family Cookbook (third edition). Can’t wait to see the newest ATK cookbook! πŸ™‚

  223. amanda call says:

    I love our best bites! Cant wait to pick up the new one

  224. Nancy from Mass says:

    My favorite cookbooks are:

    Culinary Institute of America cookbook from the 50’s I bought at a thrift store. so many great recipes in there.
    my Better Homes and Garden ‘family’ cookbook. It has blank pages where you write in your family recipes and is 3 hole punched. I got it 30+ years ago and is filled with my favorite recipes.

  225. Wendi says:

    Good ol’ Betty Crocker cookbooks. They’re what I grew up on and how I learned to cook the basics.

  226. Becky says:

    Aside from the one my mom made me, I think it’s an old school Betty Crocker one. I reference it all the time!

  227. Nancy says:

    Thanks for your recipes, they are outstanding! My favorite book is The Best Recipe, by Cook’s Illustrated.

  228. Gina says:

    Sadly I don’t own a cookbook:( Fortunately, There are great food blogs I’ve been using, yours being my favorite one!

  229. Kim in MD says:

    My favorite cookbooks are by the Barefoot Contessa!

  230. Alisha Broce says:

    Cookbook? I definitely refer to my favorite food blog,, for almost all my recipe ideas πŸ˜‰ I do have a few cookbooks that I adore – family cookbooks & old ward cookbooks, but probably the most referred to is my “Lion House Lite” recipe book I’ve been hanging on too forever for our family favorite muffin recipe. We love Sunday morning muffins and I should have long ago memorized it, but enjoy pulling out the book. I’ve been discovered ATK more and more and would LOVE one of their creations.

  231. Megan B. says:

    My favorite cookbook (and this is slightly embarrassing) is Martha Stewart’s Cupcake Book! I’ve made at least half of all the cupcakes in that fantastic book! I’ve been trying to branch out to actual meals since I’ve been married, since cupcakes are apparently not a well-rounded dinner. : )

  232. keri says:

    I use BHG a fair amt, but at this point, use the internet ALOT!

  233. Julia L. says:

    Cooking A to Z by the California Culinary something or other. Not so much a cookbook per se but chock full of food info to satisfy my inner cooking nerd.

  234. stacy says:

    I love my moms ward cookbook from the 80’s

  235. Megan says:

    I mostly use the internet for recipes, but I also have a Taste of Home cookbook that I really like. P.S. – I want a danish now.

  236. Jennifer A says:

    Mel, the cookbook I use the most is the one my mom put together of all her favorite recipes she’s collected over the years- from ATK to homemade or passed down from other family and friends. My 3 sisters and I were always asking mom for the same recipes. iInstead of writing out individually for all 4 of us, one Christmas she presented us the cookbook along with an apron. One of our favorites (cornmeal crepe enchiladas) is used regularly.

  237. Stephanie says:

    If you had a cook book, that would be my favorite and most used, as I’m on your blog almost daily using another favorite recipe. If it has to be an actual recipe book, I’d say Our Best Bites is my most used.

  238. Kathy says:

    I enjoy cookbooks put out by different groups of their favorite recipes. One of my favorites is Food for Thought from Dallas Theological Seminary Ladies.

  239. Sandra turnbull says:

    I have lots of “favorite” cookbooks…but the one that I always go back to is the BETTER HOMES & GARDENS COOKBOOK…with the red and white checkered cover that my Dad gave me for a wedding shower gift, in 1967!! It is tattered..scribbled in by my babies (now both in their 40’s!) and still brings me joy…with good recipes and good memories! Thank’s for this great drawing!!

  240. Rebecca Downey says:

    Hi Mel! Anything with cream cheese is amazing to me! My husband and I always joke about our lack of using a cookbook…never have had a great one so we just use google!

  241. Jennifer C. says:

    I have several favorites as I collect cookbooks, but my favorites are the local church cookbooks I have. Down home cooking at its best!

  242. Olivia says:

    I really don’t have a cookbook. LOL Unless you count Southern living magazines, and the Kraft ones I get at the grocery store. But please consider me for your give away.

  243. Amy G. says:

    This may sound silly but my favorite cookbook is Mels Kitchen Cafe. Seriously though. I get most of my recipes from here and I love them all! Every time somebody asks me for ideas I always tell them to go to this site. Love it!

  244. EmRuss says:

    I love my betty crocker cookbook. I took a cooking class in college and that was my textbook!! I think my most used cookbook, though, is a big white binder that I put together using all the random recipes I have collected. (LOTS from you, thanks!!!)

  245. Anna says:

    I honestly don’t use cookbooks that much…as a 20-something year old experimenting in the kitchen I tend to use people’s blogs more than any cookbook πŸ™‚

  246. Barbara says:

    Maryana Vollstedt’s big book of potluck is my most used cookbook.

  247. Katie says:

    My America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook is my most trusted book. Quick cooking is right up my alley so this one looks awesome.

  248. Lynda says:

    Great looking danish!
    I love ATK and Cook’s Country cookbooks best, but I also have an old church cookbook that I’ve used so much the pages are falling out.

  249. amber says:

    Lately, I have been using the internet almost exclusively for finding recipes. I find things I think I will make and pin them.

  250. Sarah Jane says:

    My go to is Barefoot Contessa!

  251. Ali says:

    My favorite cookbook is one that our family compiled. It has all if the tried and true family recipes. Although I keep adding more and more from this site.

  252. Lorrie says:

    Before I became a Mel’s kitchen cafe groupie my go to was always Taste of Home.
    I hope you all find a place to call home really soon.

  253. Casey C says:

    I love the Taste of Home cookbooks. I use them quite regularly.

  254. Chirelle says:

    Okay, you got me. I use and enjoy a number of cookbooks, but the one I go to every time if I need help is “Rodale’s Basic Natural Foods Cookbook” Charles Gerras, Editor. It has great recipes, and it ALSO explains the hows and whys of cooking. For example, what can I do if my pancake recipe calls for buttermilk, but I don’t have buttermilk? Rodale’s Cookbook has the answer. Why is my bread crumbly? Why is it heavy? Can I make my own starter? What is a leek? How do I prepare this or that? Rodale’s has the answer. I am “new-ish” to your blog so you may have already mentioned this book as one you use. I wouldn’t be surprised!

  255. Carolyn says:

    Betty Crocker (basic binder style that I have used since 1971)

  256. Carrie says:

    I love my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook

  257. Teena says:

    I have many that I love, but with 4 small children around, hands-down America’s Teat Kitchen Family Cookbook gets the most “love.” I’m on my second copy and have convinced the other women in my extended family to get their own, too! Whenever there’s a new “winning” recipe, my husband guesses, “America’s Test”? πŸ™‚

  258. Kristi V says:

    My favorite cookbook is “The Best 30 Minute Recipe” by ATK! LOVE IT!

  259. Christie N. says:

    If I ever have questions I look at The Joy of Cooking but my favorite is Chloe’s Kitchen!! She has amazing recipes!!

  260. Juli says:

    Honestly, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe is my go-to recipe book! I have never made anything that we didn’t love. If I want to make something new I do a search on your site and if you’ve made it, then I know it’s going to be good. Before I “met” you I relied on family recipes.

  261. Tiffany says:

    I have one of the cook books and I love it, I use it a lot. My favorite recipe is rustic white bread, I make it all the time. Thanks Mel for doing this.

  262. Teresa says:

    Hi Mel…My favorite cookbook is an old church cookbook . It was used when my mother in law gave it to me over 30 years ago. It has come unbound, has stained pages, and I keep it in a large ziploc bag πŸ™‚ This cookbook was the beginning of my culinary training as a new wife and mom and I still use it to this day. I have 4 daughters and they argue over who is gonna get moms ziploc bag cookbook. I need to figure out a way to make 4 copies of it… Any ideas readers?? Thanks

  263. guinevere says:

    I’m not vegetarian, but my most used is Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. Amazing amazing. Clear directions, yummy food, not too weird for little kids and husbands to gobble up. LOVE IT.

    But I think cookbook might give it a run!

  264. Cherice says:

    My favorite cookbook I use is a recipe book handed down to me when my grandmother passed away. It has all of her hand written notes!

  265. Cynthia says:

    I search the internet for most of my recipes. Besides your site, I also search in RecipeZaar and the Food Network – mostly for the Pioneer Woman recipes.

  266. Deanna says:

    Oh I would love to own an America’s test kitchen cookbook! I always look and drool and then have to walk away:(. My most used cook book is one published by family. Other than that I always come here!

  267. Tara says:

    I love cookbooks that have pictures of the recipes. My current favorite is “The essentials of Mediterranean cooking” by Williams -Sonoma. Give me another month and I’ll move on to another one.

  268. Stacy Cardon says:

    I use the Ivory Family Cookbook the most at my house. Lots of good stuff in there.

  269. Mei Ling says:

    These days I usually go to, but if I had to list my favorite traditional cookbook, I would have to list The Joy of Cooking. However, from your comments, I think the new ATK cookbook may be my next best friend πŸ™‚

  270. Deanna says:

    Better Homes and Gardens!

  271. queenann says:

    We use Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook quite a bit for really tasty desserts. And maybe Moosewood Simple Suppers. I don’t use it much anymore, but I used it constantly for years.

    Mostly, when I need a recipe, I just come here. Duh.

  272. Rebecca Herrick says:

    This looks delicious! I don’t have a favorite really. I use all kinds and pinterest is awesome for recipes.

  273. Alexis says:

    I really like the food nanny rescues dinner cookbook, there’s lots of good stuff in there, but honestly I just mostly print recipes off of blogs like yours and keep them in a binder and that’s my most used “cookbook”!

  274. Lori says:

    My favorite cookbook are my amish mennonite ones. Love love love them!

  275. Kim says:

    Honestly not trying to suck up or anything, but I absolutely love your blog – I consider it my favorite cook”book”. None of your recipes have ever let me down. πŸ™‚ As for an actual book – I’ve got one called the Blanchard Bistro that is a compilation of favorites from my husband’s mom and sisters. Good comfort food in there.

  276. Teresa says:

    OBTW..the cheese danish looks yummy πŸ™‚

  277. Mindy says:

    mmm…wish I had one for breakfast!…I love my trusty Better Home and Gardens cookbook- got it as a gift when we got married…I have many, but that one seems to cover the basics the best

  278. Rachel S. says:

    I love, love, love ATK! Their Healthy Family Cookbook is one of only a few cookbooks that I go back to over and over again.

  279. Brooke says:

    Well, that would probably be the Harry Potter cookbook, it just makes cooking *magical* πŸ™‚

  280. erica g says:

    Fav cook book…betty crocker, has every day basics which I needed when I started cooking for my family, but now it would be great to have a different one to expand my usual boring recipes!

  281. Robyn says:

    My favorite cookbook is one compiled by some neighborhood friends., but I would love to have this cookbook! My daughter and I love to watch America’s Test Kitchen together on Saturday morning.

  282. Hi Mel,

    I know what it is like to live in a hotel while waiting for a house. We did that in Japan, each time we were stationed there. My husband is a retired Marine, and we had orders to Iwkauni Japan three times (for three years each time), and we had to live in the TLF (temporary lodging facility) each time for up to 3 months while waiting on base housing. They had kitchens in them, but it was so cramped and there were just 4 of us. I hope you are able to move soon.

    The danish look delicious! My favorite cookbooks are the Taste of Home cookbooks and Pioneer Woman’s two cookbooks.

  283. Sheri Nelson says:

    The tried and true Betty Crocker for the basics and MelsKitchenCafe for everything else!

  284. Kristen says:

    My love our family cookbook my sister put together a few years ago.

  285. Cassie A. says:

    The cookbook I use the most is a family one in a binder that I keep adding to!

  286. Jan A says:

    The cookbook I go to the most is The Southern Living Cookbook. It’s a great reference for anything you are trying to make.

  287. Elizabeth says:

    An Amish cookbook I bought in Ohio.

  288. Abby says:

    I use old church cookbooks religiously (pun intended). Those ladies know their recipes!

  289. Liz says:

    I love my family cookbook with all our family favorites!

  290. Melissa says:

    I use a cookbook that my roommate put together for me when I got married of quick, no fail recipes and I love it. I would love to have another cookbook with quick meals!

  291. Jennifer says:

    My go to recipe books are the neighborhood ones I have collected over the years. I love making something from friends’ collections.

  292. Brenna Kimber says:

    Honestly, my cookbooks are a few favorite food blogs including this one! But I love watching ATK and would love to have that book. Quick and easy is what I’m all about!

  293. Dora says:

    I love the Better Homes and Garden cookbook! But would love to have a new cookbook!

  294. Tiffany says:

    I don’t use any all that much, mostly the internet. If I do, I use a family cook book, with all the recipes we ate growing up!

  295. Cami Smith says:

    Well I’ve used Betty Crocker alot in the past, but lately, I’m just trying to get back into cooking so I refer frequently to your blog and a family cook book I have. I love your recipes! AND…today is my son’s 3rd Birthday so I should totally win. πŸ˜‰

  296. Rachel says:

    I used to use Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics every night! Everything in it is wonderful! But now i’ve discovered blogs…. πŸ™‚

  297. Alicia says:

    Why, this here blog is my go-to cook book. Does that count? Before I found this blog, I used Betty Crocker’s cookbook. I still do, on occasion.

  298. Cristal says:

    I mostly use recipes off the internet but if I HAD to pick one cookbook I used the most it would be Betty Crocker.

  299. Jennette says:

    These look super easy!! My most used cookbook? Betty Crocker’s Big Red Cookbook- it’s got a litte bit of everything!!!

  300. Mel,
    These look so yummy!!! I have an old community cookbook from the area I grew up in. So many great farm wife cooks. I love watching ATK on TV. Hope you get moved into a home soon.

  301. Becky H says:

    My favorite and most used cookbook is one our ward put together. Every recipe is a tried and truely good one.

  302. Danielle Larsen says:

    I love your blog as a “cookbook” too…but if it is a printed one, I trust old Betty Crocker.

  303. Emily says:

    I use the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook a ton. I love all the explanations/pictures!

  304. Valerie H. says:

    My favorite cookbook is a family cookbook because it has all of my mom’s recipes.

  305. Stephanie B says:

    My most used cookbook is my copy of The Joy of Cooking. I really do love the comprehensiveness of it, both recipes simple and complex.

  306. Melissa G says:

    I truely don’t have a “go to” cookbook. I’m one to try whatever sounds good to me at the moment – whether from Pinterest, Blogs (especially yours), word of mouth, or any other source(s). I love your recipes and can only imagine this cookbook is great, considering a lot of your ideas come from them! Thanks for the opportunity!

  307. Laurie G says:

    I always go back to my Cooking with a GE Food Processor cookbook I got back in 1980. The photos of the food are scrumptious and I have never made anything from it that wasn’t delicious. – I love cheese danish and just bought 3 lbs of cream cheese at Costco that I was wondering what to so with! Hey, it was only $5. How could I resist?

  308. Diane K says:

    Does your website count as a cookbook?… I kid, sort of, but I mostly use online recipes and recipes collected from home. Otherwise it’s sort of a split between my Betty Crocker cookbook and my Better Homes and Gardens one.

  309. Crystal says:

    My go to cookbook is my Betty Crocker one, although I have several others that I also frequent.

  310. Katie says:

    I LOVE America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks–especially the Family Cookbook and Healthy Family Cookbook and I recently bought the Family Baking Book. I swear by them and rarely if ever have made something I don’t love. My husband groaned when I read off the name of a new one, but it’s thrilling to me! I’m an America’s Test Kitchen evangelist and try and get everyone to buy them to replace some of their other less fabulous general cookbooks πŸ™‚

  311. Tahna says:

    My favorite cookbook is my compiled one – it has recipes from my favorite famous chefs (hello Barefoot), my favorite website searches (big shout out to Pintrest for this one) as well as recipes from my neighbors, old college roommates, sisters, mother, mother-in, great grandmother…I think you get the idea. I am continually adding to it which I love.

  312. Nancy says:

    I use the Our Best Bites cookbook a lot!

  313. Megan says:

    My most used cookbook is one we put together for a Girls’ Camp fundraiser. There are so many good recipes in there — and all tried and true!

  314. Katrina A. says:

    It seems that I always run back to my family cook book. It’s got all our favorites right there.
    I’m definitely going to have to try this yummy Danish!

  315. Tanya says:

    Funny, but it’s an old cookbook put together by the ladies in my mother’s church. I find the best things in there! And there aren’t even any pictures! And most of the titles are things like “Dad’s favorite pesto with pasta.”

  316. Rachel R. says:

    Mine is an oldie but goodie and one I got like 4 of when I was married: The Bettty Crocker red and white checkered cookbook.

  317. Diane Decker says:

    Until the last couple of years it was always my mom’s 1949 wedding present Better Homes and Gardens red plaid cookbook. Now, Pioneer Woman.

  318. Lori H says:

    These Danish look delish! My favorite cookbook is one put together by the legal secretaries of Madison County – so many good recipes! Thanks for ALL the wonderful recipes you share!

  319. deb says:

    I really learned how to experiment and enjoy cooking with Southern Living, many, many moons ago.

  320. Donna says:

    My current favorite cookbook is from Albertina’s restaurant. My aunt bought it for me when she was in Oregon and visited the restaurant. I have yet to make something that from the book that hasn’t been wonderful; my favorite is the French Almond cake.

  321. Kelly says:

    I don’t even own a single cookbook, if you can believe that! Like some others have said, I reach for my binder with my favorite recipes in page protectors – some from friends and family, some from magazines, but mostly ones I’ve found online (and a disproportionate number of those from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe!). I’d love to own a real go-to cookbook though, and this sounds like a winner!

  322. iheartcooking says:

    I love Rachel Ray’s 365: No Repeats, simple recipes that are delicious!

  323. Jen Brimhall says:

    I use my family cookbook all the time. I’ve compiled all my favorites into it, so it is my go-to cookbook. My other go-to place is your blog! Thanks for offering the giveaway. πŸ™‚

  324. Willie Mitchell says:

    My favorite cookbook(s) are the local church cookbooks that I have.

  325. Michelle H. says:

    My most favorite cookbook is the family cookbook my mother put together about 10 years ago. It took her forever, contains tons of recipes (and the stories that go with many of them) and is absolutely priceless, especially now that she’s gone.
    But after that one, I’ll go to my ATK and CC resources. (I actually DVR both for regular and repeated viewing.)

  326. JoAnn says:

    I love reading cookbooks…. and blogs. πŸ™‚ its hard to pick a favorite, but I’d probably say Taste of Home cookbooks.

  327. Ashley in pdx says:

    I love ATK!
    My favorite cookbook is probably Barefoot Contessa – I like her cooking style

  328. joni says:

    My favorite cook book is the red and white betty Crocker cook book.

  329. The trusty ol’ Better Homes and Gardens and a cookbook made up of recipes from those I go to church with.

  330. Rachael A. says:

    I honestly only have one bona fide cookbook, and it’s a natural/healthy cookbook. I haven’t used it much. I rely on the internet a lot. πŸ˜€ Your blog is one of my favorites b/c everything I’ve tried is fantastic, so if the cookbook is good enough for you then I am interested! haha

  331. Heidi says:

    Nigella Lawson’s “Feast”

  332. jaesi says:

    I have 2 old church cookbooks that are my go to for desserts, candy and breads. I just love that I know the people that the recipes are from.

  333. Michelle D says:

    I don’t use cookbooks too often because of the Internet, but I do love to collect them! My most used one is probably my good old Betty Crocker cookbook. πŸ™‚

  334. Lynette Sunday says:

    I use a little from a lot of cookbooks. Mainly my own that I have compiled of tried and true recipes. I love the American Test Kitchen and Cooks Country recipes. They are probably my favorite. They always turn out great. I also go online a lot. My favorite go to site is Mels Kitchen Cafe. Thanks

  335. Krinn says:

    I haven’t found my favorite cookbook, yet. This sound right up my alley, though. Would love to try it.

  336. Brittany says:

    Really, the cookbook we open again and again is our Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. That and my New Best Recipe cookbook!

  337. Janet says:

    My most used cookbook is Bell’s Best – a compilation of recipes from employees of South Central Bell telephone. I’ve had it since the early 80’s and it’s in pieces from overuse.

  338. Erin W says:

    With the ease of the Internet, I’ve really fallen from cookbooks. I love and Pinterest! I enjoy reading other reviews before I try something new. The one cookbook I tend to still rely on is a slow cooker cookbook by Betty Crocker.

  339. Erin says:

    I have a wonderful cookbook from my church that I love and next to that I have some Taste of Home ones that I use. I would love an ATK cookbook for fast family meals now that we are all back in school!

  340. Annie says:

    I love The Perfect Scoop for desserts and ATK’S Slow Cooker Revolution for actual meals πŸ™‚

  341. I like my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. It has a lot of great general info as well as a huge range of tried and true recipes!

  342. Jules says:

    You’re blog is my go to cookbook! I also love anything Paula Deen.

  343. Audrey says:

    My favorite cookbook is America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. I love it and can’t wait to try out this one!

  344. Christy Coy says:

    My currently most-used cookbook is “The Food You Crave” By Ellie Krieger. So awesome.

  345. Tristan K. says:

    My King Arthur Flour cookbook. I have a ton of cookbooks, but I end up using mostly your recipes! Thanks for all you do for us crazy busy moms Mel!!

  346. Andria says:

    My favorite is one called Favorites that a foundation put out in Utah.

  347. Sherri says:

    I love my Taste of Georgia cookbook my granny gave me many years ago. Lots of favorites in it, and lots of notes on the different recipes.

  348. Ela D. says:

    Does your blog count as my cookbook? πŸ™‚ I’ve always got it pulled up on my phone while I’m cooking in the kitchen. I need a cookbook! These look delish by the way… Mmmmm.

  349. Sadly, I think cookbooks are being pushed out by online blogs, but I would love this one. My very first cookbook was a red Betty Crocker, and I still use it. It’s cover is missing, and the first few pages, and it’s a mess. You can tell our favorites by which pages are the dirtiest! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  350. ScottC says:

    Aside from the interwebs these days, it would have to be one our last neighborhood put together years ago. It has some delicious recipes in it!

  351. Malena says:

    I love my Taste of Home and Cuisine books. When they come in the mail, I feel like it is Christmas!!

  352. Hannah says:

    Hey Mel,

    I love your blog and have not tried a recipe that didn’t turn out great. The refrigerator bran muffin mix is in my fridge right now! My most used cookbook would probably be the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Lots of good basic go to recipes, huge variety and includes lots of pictures too, just a good basic cookbook any person should own! I have perused the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook at Barnes and Noble, I haven’t seen the quick version, love that as a busy mom of 3 little ones, I will definitely be checking this out! Thanks!

  353. Addie says:

    It is my mother in laws ward cookbook she gave me when I was married- the Hilladay 25th ward cookbook!

  354. Sheila h. says:

    My latest love in cookbooks is “deliciously organic” by Carrie Vitt and my long time love came from my dad when I was 16, it is an encyclopedia of American cooking.

  355. Maria says:

    I don’t really use a cookbook that often. I have seven sisters and we frequently share recipes with one another.

  356. Donna Walters says:

    My favorite cooksbooks have always been from community or church groups.

  357. Clarissa says:

    It’s good old Better Homes and Gardens for me!

  358. Rachel Palmer says:

    My favorite cookbook is the one my mom made for her kids. It includes all the recipes that she made for us when we were growing up. Recipes = family history!

  359. Angie says:

    I love my Our Best Bites cookbook but I’m already in love with this one too! I love America’s Test Kitchen & all the better that it’s quick recipes!

  360. Ashlee says:

    Hi Mel! My go-to cookbook is The Cook’s Illustrated C00kbook. Really, how can you go wrong with it?

  361. Stephanie W says:

    My good old red & white checked Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook. It has all my favorites from my childhood and I can secretly look up how to properly hard-boil eggs or bake potatoes without anyone having to know how pathetic of a cook I am πŸ™‚

  362. Kathy says:

    Jane Brody’s first cookbook – I think it’s called “Good Food” – I used that often and recently had to replace it as it was falling apart.

  363. Heather Ward says:

    Lately its mostly been the internet, but I do have one that my aunt gave me for Christmas many years ago. It’s a cookbook that all her co workers (that work at a production plant making airbags) had rounded up their favorite recipes and made them into a cookbook. I really love it and you can tell it’s been used with all the food stains and crinkled up pages LOL!

  364. Jennifer Beal says:

    I’m strange, but I like read cookbooks like novels. My current favorite is called Our Best Bites. It is a great family friendly, busy mom, easy on the budget cookbook. Thanks for the chance to win. I enjoy reading your post.

  365. Lauren says:

    I compiled several hundred family recipes into a cookbook that I self-published and that is actually my go-to cookbook. But, I do have several others I reference and I would LOVE to win this one. Thank you

  366. Amy says:

    I love cookbooks! I think the one I use most often is my taste of home. Love it

  367. Natalie J. says:

    I find myself using mainly recipes from blogs like yours, but the cookbook I probably use most often is Better Homes and Gardens.

  368. Pam says:

    My very favorite cookbook is the one I am compiling from the many food blogs I follow as well as from my hard copy cookbooks… BUT- my current favorite hard copy cookbook is the one my local church group put together. I feel like Cookbooks from church groups are the best ones. Always filled with tried and true recipes. I love going to Goodwill and Deseret Industries in search of church cookbooks.

  369. My most used cookbook from my collection is my BHG New Cookbook. I got it for my 18th birthday so it is one that I’ve had forever which is why it is the most used ;). After that it is probably How to Cook Everything and then half of all the cookbooks I own…

  370. Caroline says:

    My Mrs. Fields Cookie Book…by far…

  371. andrea says:

    honestly, i stick to recipes i find online and recipes from family and friends. i use my betty crocker cookbook as a reference, so i suppose that is the one i use most? i just haven’t found one that we have loved! this one looks awesome though. i love that show!

  372. Connie says:

    I don’t use a cookbook much — just my tried and true collection of written recipes. I would love to have this book though!

  373. Lauren says:

    My most used cookbook is a homemade one that I compiled of all my mom and grandma’s tried and true recipes.

  374. Felicia says:

    i still use my tried and true betty crocker, although I feel like as my cooking improves, I tend to use it less and less.

  375. arisa says:

    i’d have to say ‘the internet’ as a whole. whenever i need a recipe i turn to my computer first!

  376. Toni says:

    Fully one quarter of the recipes I make for my family are either from ATK Family Cookbook or ATK Healthy Family Cookbook. I especially use ATK stir fry recipes. They are ALWAYS great! BTW, your blueberry cheesecake pie was the easiest pie I’ve ever made in my life. Delicious, too!

  377. Meagan says:

    Well my own recipe binder is what I use everyday. If I had to chose a cookbook it would probably be pampered chef, 29 minutes to dinner.

  378. Aubri says:

    I love love love cookbooks, but I am lacking in shelf space and had to get rid of most of my cook books…so, I don’t really have a favorite… I have your blog instead πŸ™‚ Hope that counts! I would love more ATK stuff though…seems like their books would be worth having around!

  379. Maegan says:

    The recipe book that I use the most is one that is made up of all our family recipes. It would be nice to get a new cook book to add to the favorites!

  380. Kay B says:

    I have a cookbook that I put together for the local Alzheimer’s Association. It is filled with recipes that have been handed down for generations, I Just Love It!

  381. Heidi C. says:

    The classis red and white checkered Better Homes and Garden cookbook that I have had for 13 years. The binder is broken but it’s still my “go-to” for the basics.

  382. Crystal says:

    The danish looks fantastic – of course it must be from America’s Test Kitchen. My #1 place to look for recipes is Cook’s Country, then your blog (I’ve even pinned a few of your recipes), then an old Betty Crocker cookbook. Thanks for all the awesome recipes!

  383. Anna says:

    My favorite cookbook is Always in Season: Junior League of Salt Lake City.

  384. Lisa/MommyMo says:

    I don’t have a favorite cookbook anymore since I pin everything on pinterest now! If I had to pick, then Cook’s Illustrated Slow Cooker Revolution.

  385. Grace says:

    My favorite cookbook is the neighborhood one called Ensign Favorites. We are so short on time in this house we require a cookbook that has recipes which only take 45 minutes or less to put together. I’d love the ATK book.

  386. Barbara P. says:

    Gourmet Cookbook.
    Thanks great giveaway!

  387. Tiffany says:

    To be perfectly honest, your website is my go to “cookbook”! When it is time to plan out my weekly meals, I sit down and browse here! πŸ™‚ Love your stuff!

  388. Katie B. says:

    Does pinterest count as a cookbook? Seriously I have shelves of cookbooks but for the past year or so I’ve been using nothing but the internet to find new recipes. I love their show though so I would love to win their cookbook.

  389. Lids says:

    Have not used cookbooks in a while as everything I need is found on the Internet. I have a list of favorite blogs that are my favorite, yours included. This is how I found what I am making tonight – Broiled Parmesan and Lemon Chicken πŸ˜€

  390. The Farm Girl says:

    My favorite is an old family one. I use it all the time and all love it!!!

  391. Lisa says:

    I check out all sorts of cookbooks from the library when I want to look at a book, but I usually just peruse the internet for recipes.

  392. Harriet says:

    I seem to always use “Joy of Cooking” mainly for information as opposed to recipes. Like many people I have created my own recipe book.

  393. Micah says:

    My most used cookbook is ATK Family Cookbook, but I must admit that I mostly just print off your recipes!

  394. Jessica Seal says:

    If I am not looking at your blog we use the red and whit BHG Cookbook.

  395. Carly says:

    As a student, I love ATK and wish I could afford all of its products!

  396. Angie says:

    My most used and loved cookbook is actually one I got from a compilation of the elementary kids who brought in their favorite recipes for a school cookbook fundraiser. We use it for a lot of different dishes – especially the banana bread on cold winter days when we have way too many bananas in the freezer.

  397. Lindsay says:

    My favorite cookbook is definitely a local cookbook put out by a seed corn company nearby….nothing like tried and true country cooking!

  398. Geneve Fallon says:

    Those look delicious! My favorite cookbook is the Our Best Bites cookbook. Like your recipes, they are mom friendly and family friendly, and I haven’t found one I didn’t like.

  399. Brandy says:

    My favorite cookbook is one that a friend put together with some of her favorite recipes and gave to me as a wedding gift. I have loved everything I have made.

  400. Vickie R. says:

    I really love cookbooks and have alot, one of my favorites would have to be “Make it Fast Cook it Slow” by Stephanie O’Dea. Easy crock pot recipes that all taste wonderful.

  401. Andrea says:

    Ooh, this recipe sounds fabulous, and the cookbook does too. One of my favorite cookbooks is the book of family recipes my husband’s aunt compiled for us for a wedding gift. So many good family favorites in there!

  402. Marie says:

    My recipe binder is most used, but my most frequented cook book is “Lickety-split meals for health conscious people on the go” by Zonya Foco. I LOVE the set up of her recipes. It makes so much sense! I wish every recipe book did that:)

  403. Diane S. says:

    My favorite cookbooks are the annual Cook’s Country Books. They include new renditions of old favorites, and I love my comfort food too.

  404. Leanna H says:

    I like my zbetty Crockery but also love

  405. Mary says:

    I use my Fanny Farmer cookbook more than any other,,but I picked up a copy of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” this weekend so it may take over. Thanks for the chance to win.

  406. teri says:

    By far my most loved, most used cookbook is Farmhouse Cooking. It’s a Mennonite cookbook with tons of great recipes!! Many pages are stained and a little stuck together, that’s an indication of recipes I use a lot( I am a messy cook)

  407. Ang says:

    No favorite cookbook – just a bunch of recipes printed out and organized in a binder. Would be nice to have a real cookbook (besides my BH&G cookbook that I rarely use).

  408. Candace says:

    I love the ATK Healthy Family Cookbook. You introduced me to ATK, and I’ve spread the word to countless others, so you definitely deserve a random free cookbook or two!

  409. Heather says:

    I would say my favorite cookbook to use is my old Betty Crocker Cookbook. It was given to me as a wedding gift and I couldn’t cook at all. Since then I have learned a lot so I would say that cookbook taught me how to cook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  410. Kitty says:

    The Joy of Cooking

  411. Jenny says:

    I don’t have many cookbooks but my fav is the one I’ve compiled from blogs like this one!

  412. Emily says:

    It’s old Betty Crocker for me! I just know if I have a question this cookbook gives basic advice that is always good.

  413. Bec says:

    I love the Food Nanny cookbook. But I always seem to look here first. Thanks for creating my favorite food blog!!

  414. Dana says:

    I have a bunch of cookbooks but the 2 that get the most use are one from my husband’s church and my Betty Crocker. More often than not though, I rely on the Internet for recipes.

  415. Emily H. says:

    Honestly, I use Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for about 65% of my meals. Other than that, my most used cookbooks are all my Cook’s Country magazines.

  416. Jess in ND says:

    The Best Recipe by ATK, when not relying solely on Mels Kitchen Cafe, or perusing back issues of Taste of Home.

  417. Joanna H. says:

    Taste of Home Baking Book, but mostly online recipes.

  418. Erin says:

    Those look divine! I have a binder full of recipes I’ve collected that is my main go to. And I call my sister, a lot, for ideas. She’s like my own Betty Crocker!

  419. Janelle says:

    I use Betty crocker’s sharing favorites cookbook. I have many memories of my mom often using it. I would love this cookbook- any cookbook that gives me quick and easy recipes works for me

  420. Rachel says:

    My two most used cook books are Cook’s Country and a family cookbook we made about 15 years ago.

  421. Rachael Ritter says:

    This obscure cook book called “family dinners” — simple family meals that taste great

  422. Tarah says:

    I love the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook but I mainly use recipes from my mom πŸ™‚

  423. Kelley says:

    My grandmother hand wrote her favorite recipes and put them in a pretty recipe box for me when I moved away to college. I think I’ve used that more than any published cookbook, but I do love “Pillsbury: Best Desserts”.

  424. 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.

  425. Jenn says:

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

  426. 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!

  427. 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. :-/

  428. Liz says:

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

  429. Cami S. says:

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

  430. Cami says:

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

  431. Adrienne says:

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

  432. 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!)

  433. 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!

  434. 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.

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

  436. 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 by normal, everyday people.

  437. 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™‚

  438. 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.

  439. 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˜‰

  440. 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!

  441. 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…

  442. Anneka says:

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

  443. 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.

  444. 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!

  445. 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!)

  446. Celi says:

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

  447. 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.

  448. Char O. says:

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

  449. 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!

  450. 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!

  451. 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!

  452. 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.

  453. 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!!!!

  454. 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.

  455. Lisa says:

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

  456. 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.

  457. 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™‚

  458. 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!

  459. Mimi says:

    My most loved cookbook is JOY OF COOKING.

  460. 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!

  461. 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!

  462. Brooke says:

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

  463. 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!

  464. 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.

  465. Kristi Thompson says:

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

  466. jordan says:

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

  467. 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!

  468. 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.

  469. jan says:

    My favorite would have to be my Nieman Marcus cookbook.

  470. 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.

  471. 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.

  472. 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!!!

  473. 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”:)

  474. Kristen says:

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

  475. 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!!!

  476. 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!

  477. Summer says:

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

  478. 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:

  479. 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.

  480. Micela says:

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

  481. 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.

  482. 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!).

  483. 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™‚

  484. 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.

  485. 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!!

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

  487. 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.

  488. 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!

  489. 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!

  490. Carol says:

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

  491. 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.

  492. Dani says:

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

  493. Tamera Case says:

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

  494. Teresa says:

    Better Homes and Gardens

  495. Allison H. says:

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

  496. 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.

  497. 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!

  498. 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.

  499. Michelle says:

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

  500. Noreen says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen cook books.

  501. 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.

  502. 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!

  503. 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!

  504. 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.

  505. Amber says:

    I’m always using my ATK family cookbook!

  506. 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™‚

  507. 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.

  508. 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!).

  509. 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!

  510. 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!!

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

  512. 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!

  513. LisaB says:

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

  514. Rachel R says:

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

  515. 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.

  516. 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!

  517. 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!

  518. 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.

  519. 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.

  520. Carol says:

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

  521. Janell says:

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

  522. 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!!

  523. Stephanie says:

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

  524. 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.

  525. Anything from King Arthur Flour is my favorite cookbook

  526. Laura says:

    I love anything by Giada!

  527. Kara says:

    I love the Our Best Bites cookbook

  528. 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.

  529. 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)

  530. Caroline says:

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

  531. 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 quite a bit to try new things. And of course I find awesome recipes here too! Thanks Mel!

  532. Kelly says:

    Betty crocker

  533. 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!

  534. 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!

  535. Christie Ferguson says:

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

  536. 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.

  537. Krista says:

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

  538. Whitney says:

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

  539. 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!


  540. Katie says:

    I use the Taste of HOme cookbooks a lot.

  541. Erin says:

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

  542. 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™‚

  543. 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!

  544. 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).

  545. Sarah H.P. says:

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

  546. Ashley says:

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

  547. janet in nc says:

    Love ATK – excellent recipes every time!

  548. 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.

  549. 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™‚

  550. 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.

  551. Joanna says:

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

  552. 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.

  553. Elizabeth W says:

    The Joy of Cooking. Classic.

  554. Rebecca says:

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

  555. Kara says:

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

  556. 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.

  557. 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.

  558. Shari says:

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

  559. Katie says:

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

  560. 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.

  561. 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

  562. 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!

  563. 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!

  564. 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.

  565. 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.

  566. 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.

  567. 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!).

  568. 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.

  569. 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 whee!!!!!!!!! thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!

  570. Morgan says:

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

  571. 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.

  572. 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.

  573. Cheri says:

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

  574. 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!

  575. 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.

  576. 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 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!

  577. 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.

  578. 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.

  579. 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.

  580. 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!).

  581. Michelle H says:

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

  582. 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!!

  583. Debbie says:

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

  584. Katy says:

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

  585. 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!

  586. 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!

  587. 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!

  588. 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™‚

  589. 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

  590. Melanie says:

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

  591. Leigh Ann says:

    Love the Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks!

  592. 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.

  593. Phyllis says:

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

  594. Christine says:

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

  595. 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!

  596. 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!

  597. 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.

  598. 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.

  599. 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!

  600. 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.

  601. Laura says:

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

  602. 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.

  603. 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.

  604. 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.

  605. 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!

  606. 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!

  607. 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!

  608. Sarah says:

    I love Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook.

  609. Katie Brooks says:

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

  610. Bridget says:

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

  611. Keri says:

    Better Homes and Garden

  612. 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!

  613. Jessica says:

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

  614. 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!

  615. 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™‚

  616. 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.

  617. 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.

  618. Harvest says:

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

  619. 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!

  620. 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!

  621. 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.

  622. Julie Wayman says:

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

  623. 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.

  624. Alexa says:

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

  625. 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!

  626. 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.

  627. Shellie says:

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

  628. 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!

  629. Michelle says:

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

  630. 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:)

  631. 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.

  632. lisa says:

    taste of home

  633. 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!

  634. 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!

  635. 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!!!

  636. 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.

  637. 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!!

  638. somecallmeambingale says:

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

  639. 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???

  640. 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!

  641. DEOI&O says:

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

  642. Becca Froerer says:

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

  643. 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.

  644. 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!!!

  645. aubrie shaw says:

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

  646. 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.

  647. 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!

  648. Jamie says:

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

  649. 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.

  650. 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.

  651. Sherri says:

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

  652. Shanna says:

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

  653. Amy says:

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

  654. 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.

  655. 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!

  656. 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!!

  657. Laura says:

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

  658. Vicki says:

    I really like my American Test Kitchen skillet cook book

  659. 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.

  660. Rachel says:

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

  661. Katie says:

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

  662. 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!

  663. 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”.

  664. Camilla says:

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

  665. 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.

  666. Marcia says:

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

  667. 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.

  668. 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™‚

  669. I love my Taste of Home cookbook!

  670. 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!

  671. 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.

  672. 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.

  673. 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.

  674. 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!

  675. Kathy says:

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

  676. Shoshawna Bell says:

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

  677. gail says:

    better homes and gardens cookbook

  678. sarita says:

    I love my aunt’s family cookbook!

  679. Joan says:

    Better Homes and Gardens

  680. 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

  681. Amanda E says:

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

  682. 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.

  683. April Austin says:

    My VitaMix cookbook is definitely the most used.

  684. 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!

  685. 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.

  686. Lyndy says:

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

  687. Jenny says:

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

  688. 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™‚

  689. 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!

  690. Kara D says:

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

  691. 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!!!

  692. libby says:

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

  693. 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!

  694. April H says:

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

  695. 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!

  696. 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!

  697. Melanie Wyner says:

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

  698. 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™‚

  699. 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!

  700. 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.

  701. 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!

  702. Pamela says:

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

  703. Jennie says:

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

  704. 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.”

  705. Dawn says:

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

  706. Krista says:

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

  707. 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!

  708. 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!

  709. 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”.

  710. 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!

  711. 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.

  712. 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.

  713. 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

  714. 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.

  715. 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™‚

  716. 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).

  717. 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!

  718. 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!

  719. Sally says:

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

  720. 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.

  721. 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.

  722. Ashlee says:

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

  723. Sherri says:

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

  724. 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).

  725. Brittney says:

    A little taste of France:)

  726. 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.

  727. Jena says:

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

  728. 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!

  729. 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!!

  730. 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!

  731. 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!

  732. 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!

  733. 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!

  734. 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

  735. Sharon D says:

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

  736. Elise says:

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

  737. 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!

  738. 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!!

  739. Rita Peters says:

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

  740. Becky says:

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

  741. 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.

  742. Lorie says:

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

  743. 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.

  744. Beth F says:

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

  745. 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.

  746. 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.

  747. Vicki Tunell says:

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

  748. TrishInFL says:

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

  749. 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!

  750. 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!

  751. 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!

  752. 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!

  753. 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….

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

  755. 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!

  756. Christine says:

    My most-used cookbook is from Our Best Bites.

  757. 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.

  758. 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!

  759. Erin says:

    I probably use my 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.

  760. holly says:

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

  761. Rachel McCabe says:

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

  762. Susan says:

    An old family recipe book. It is the best.

  763. 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!

  764. 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.

  765. Jennie says:

    Joy of Cooking and Silver Palate!

  766. 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.

  767. chelon says:

    our best bites is one of my favorites!

  768. Diane Carol says:

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

  769. Melenie says:

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

  770. 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.

  771. 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!

  772. 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.

  773. 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.

  774. Debbie says:

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

  775. 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.

  776. 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!

  777. 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!!!!

  778. 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™‚

  779. 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!

  780. 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™‚

  781. Janie says:

    The cookbook that I use the most is one that my mom ga