The Fannie Farmer Cookbook Eleventh Edition.
I had heard of Fannie Farmer, but never actually looked at one of the cookbooks. But the other day I was cleaning off a shelf and decided to open it and peruse some of the recipes. I am so happy I did. This is the type of cookbook I love. The recipes in it are very basic. Many of them use staples that most of us already have in our kitchens and pantries.
The first recipe I looked up was for mayonnaise. I have tried to make mayonnaise before and failed. You can read about it here. I have seen so many mayo recipes on the web that it is hard to decide which to try. This one was a very basic recipe that seems perfect for me.
I also looked up dressing recipes since I have been making and posting a lot of suzyhomemaker sauces. There are many dressings that, again, use very basic ingredients that I cannot wait to try.
Some people may not like it because it has no pictures in it. I think many people get inspiration from how the food looks in cookbooks. But at least this way the home cook can exercise their creative side.
It does have a few drawings in it throughout the book - cookie making, rolling out dough, parts of a cow and a few helpful objects.