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For almost fifty years, people have looked to one cooking contest for the most delicious, the most exciting and the most uniquely American recipes this country's home cooks have to offer. The Pillsbury Bake-Off(r) Contest presents the very best of what people are cooking today for their family and friends-for everyday dinners, special occasion desserts and mouthwatering br For almost fifty years, people have looked to one cooking contest for the most delicious, the most exciting and the most uniquely American recipes this country's home cooks have to offer. The Pillsbury Bake-Off(r) Contest presents the very best of what people are cooking today for their family and friends-for everyday dinners, special occasion desserts and mouthwatering breads. Now, for the very first time, more than 350 of the most sought after prize-winning recipes from this famed cooking contest are gathered in one book, complete with gorgeous color photographs and stories about the people and the inspiration that led to their award-winning recipes. But the Bake-Off(r) Contest is about more than just baking. . . certainly dessert time has never been the same since the introduction of Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs, Chocolate Silk Pecan Pie and the Tunnel of Fudge Cake, which became a household name in 1966. The Bake-Off(r) is also about wonderful savory dishes, such as Cowboy Steak 'n Veggie Soup, Grilled Chicken and Mango Corn Salad, Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie and the now-famous California Casserole, which captured the Grand Prize in 1956 and won its creator, Margaret Hatheway, a cook's tour abroad, where she introduced this most American of dishes to chefs all across Europe. Best of the Bake-Off(r) Cookbook is a sweet and savory record of how American cooking has evolved over the years, illustrating how home cooks have captured their ethnic heritages in dishes adapted from their grandparents' countries to modern kitchens and busier times. The stories are as inspiring as the recipes themselves, from 1955 winner Rosemary Sport's prize-a new pink range-which provided her family with the motivation to become proud new homeowners to 1996's Grand Prize-winner, Kurt Wait, a single parent, who with the help of his son developed his $1 million-winning recipe Macadamia Fudge Torte. Hundreds of the very best recipes are accompanied by enticing color photographs and organized by category: Soups, Sandwiches and Snacks; Main Dishes; Side Dishes and Salads; Breads; Sweet Rolls and Coffee Cakes; Cookies and Bars; Cakes and Tortes; Pies and Tarts; and Other Desserts. Each chapter is filled with personal profiles highlighting the people who created the recipes plus the wonderful and oftentimes humorous behind-the-scenes stories from the Bake-Off(r) Contest events: One contestant accidentally sat on her cake entry; another was notified that she was a lucky contestant via a citizens-band message broadcast by her town's postmistress. The recipes are sensational, the stories are uplifting. Best of the Bake-Off(r) Cookbook invites you into the kitchens and lives of the many people who over the years have made the Pillsbury Bake-Off(r) Contest the most loved, most respected showplace for this country's home cooks.


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For almost fifty years, people have looked to one cooking contest for the most delicious, the most exciting and the most uniquely American recipes this country's home cooks have to offer. The Pillsbury Bake-Off(r) Contest presents the very best of what people are cooking today for their family and friends-for everyday dinners, special occasion desserts and mouthwatering br For almost fifty years, people have looked to one cooking contest for the most delicious, the most exciting and the most uniquely American recipes this country's home cooks have to offer. The Pillsbury Bake-Off(r) Contest presents the very best of what people are cooking today for their family and friends-for everyday dinners, special occasion desserts and mouthwatering breads. Now, for the very first time, more than 350 of the most sought after prize-winning recipes from this famed cooking contest are gathered in one book, complete with gorgeous color photographs and stories about the people and the inspiration that led to their award-winning recipes. But the Bake-Off(r) Contest is about more than just baking. . . certainly dessert time has never been the same since the introduction of Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs, Chocolate Silk Pecan Pie and the Tunnel of Fudge Cake, which became a household name in 1966. The Bake-Off(r) is also about wonderful savory dishes, such as Cowboy Steak 'n Veggie Soup, Grilled Chicken and Mango Corn Salad, Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie and the now-famous California Casserole, which captured the Grand Prize in 1956 and won its creator, Margaret Hatheway, a cook's tour abroad, where she introduced this most American of dishes to chefs all across Europe. Best of the Bake-Off(r) Cookbook is a sweet and savory record of how American cooking has evolved over the years, illustrating how home cooks have captured their ethnic heritages in dishes adapted from their grandparents' countries to modern kitchens and busier times. The stories are as inspiring as the recipes themselves, from 1955 winner Rosemary Sport's prize-a new pink range-which provided her family with the motivation to become proud new homeowners to 1996's Grand Prize-winner, Kurt Wait, a single parent, who with the help of his son developed his $1 million-winning recipe Macadamia Fudge Torte. Hundreds of the very best recipes are accompanied by enticing color photographs and organized by category: Soups, Sandwiches and Snacks; Main Dishes; Side Dishes and Salads; Breads; Sweet Rolls and Coffee Cakes; Cookies and Bars; Cakes and Tortes; Pies and Tarts; and Other Desserts. Each chapter is filled with personal profiles highlighting the people who created the recipes plus the wonderful and oftentimes humorous behind-the-scenes stories from the Bake-Off(r) Contest events: One contestant accidentally sat on her cake entry; another was notified that she was a lucky contestant via a citizens-band message broadcast by her town's postmistress. The recipes are sensational, the stories are uplifting. Best of the Bake-Off(r) Cookbook invites you into the kitchens and lives of the many people who over the years have made the Pillsbury Bake-Off(r) Contest the most loved, most respected showplace for this country's home cooks.

30 review for Pillsbury: Best of the Bake-off Cookbook: 350 Recipes from Ameria's Favorite Cooking Contest (Pillsbury)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I wanted to love, but didn’t.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A pretty good collection of recipes, especially desserts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I might never cook almost anything in this book, but it's excellent as a historical snap-shot of American cooking culture. I might never cook almost anything in this book, but it's excellent as a historical snap-shot of American cooking culture.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Feliz

    THIS IS THE BEST COOKBOOK EVER! I have yet to make a bad recipe from it - every person who eats anything from this cookbook raves about it and asks for the recipe!! If you want a cookbook that WILL NOT let you down or make so-so recipes - this is the one for you! You will DEF "wow" your guests! THIS IS THE BEST COOKBOOK EVER! I have yet to make a bad recipe from it - every person who eats anything from this cookbook raves about it and asks for the recipe!! If you want a cookbook that WILL NOT let you down or make so-so recipes - this is the one for you! You will DEF "wow" your guests!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trena

    Wonderful pictures, wonderful recipes, and wonderful stories about the contest and contestants.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    Yum.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monika Gordon

    has some really good and inexpensive winning recipes with tips and terms and a measuring chart

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley

    From soups to breads to entrees to desserts. Mostly interested in some of the desserts.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    All the recipes look awesome. I will check this out again when it gets closer to the holiday baking season!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dorena

    Great recipes! YUM!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Barlow

    As a baking fan I love this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Brown

    Good cook book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jason Pfleegor

    There are some mighty fine desserts in this cookbook

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nani

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diana Snodgrass

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rene

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bateman

  18. 4 out of 5

    Starthys Clark

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Labonte

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  22. 4 out of 5

    ADS

  23. 5 out of 5

    ~Kimberly

  24. 4 out of 5

    shirley miller

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terri

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Noreen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

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