Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas -- "America's Favorite Food," the First Cookbook from (Review)

"Features the top 200 most-reviewed, most-searched and highest-ranked recipes from the website's extensive collection."

"Designed to make at-home cooking more easy and enjoyable, the book offers unique Scan-It/Cook-It™ features that let readers instantly access recipe-specific videos, professional tips and cooking guides via mobile or tablet device without leaving the kitchen.
Thanks to all-new invisible watermark technology, readers can get on-demand help by scanning one of the book's more than 130 vibrant, full-color recipe photographs using the Digimarc Discover app (free to download; available on iTunes and Google Play). Scan-It/Cook-It™ features include 'How-To Videos,' which walk users through an entire recipe step-by-step, such as how to poach eggs or cut up a chicken; and 'Expert Answers,' which provide feedback to common cooking questions and allow users to submit their own questions. Other features include 'Weeknight Meal Planners,' 'Collections of Similar Recipes,' 'Shopping Lists,' and more.

"America's Favorite Food" is the first cookbook from the MyRecipes brand. The book presents the top 200 most-reviewed, most-searched and highest-ranked recipes from the website's extensive collection – which features more than 65,000 recipes developed by trusted lifestyle magazines such as Cooking Light, Southern Living, Real Simple and Health, among others. Organized in 10 easy-to-navigate categories such as 'Starters,' 'Seafood,' 'Meatless Mains' and 'Desserts,' the recipes were selected based on actual reviews and rankings by more than 6 million home cooks who use each month.

Other user-friendly features of "America's Favorite Food" include quick access icons for each recipe which identify recipes as 'Kid Friendly,' 'Gluten Free,' and '30 Minutes or Less,' among others; reviews and advice from users on the best substitutions and suggestions for specific dishes; and quick tips from MyRecipes editors that outline how to enhance a dish and tips for finding special ingredients at your local market, plus much more. "


My Thoughts:

I was sent a review copy a few weeks after this cookbook came out.  Like I have said in past cookbook reviews, I read a cookbook as if it is a novel, cover to cover.  And, when I am done reading it, half of the pages are marked with sticky notes, so I know which recipes I want to try.  And, for the past month and a half, I have had the opportunity to try out over a dozen recipes with my family, and even some new desserts for our recent Thanksgiving dinner.

Before this new cookbook released, I had been a fan of for years.  This was my number one go-to site for recipes.  I loved seeing how other at-home cooks rated recipes and shared their thoughts.  This helped me decide from the over 65,000+ recipes that make up the  In putting this cookbook together, they took recipes which received high ratings and rave reviews from those who tested them in their kitchens, so I knew only the best of the best recipes would be included -- and, of the ones I have tried so far, they are.  

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My favorite sections of the "America's Favorite Food" cookbook are the 'Kid-Friendly,' '30-Minutes or Less' and the 'Make Ahead' sections.  Under each photo of the completed recipe is an actual comment from a reviewer, taken from the  I checked a few to make sure they were taken from here, and they were. :-)  I can tell they did their research when they chose the best 200 recipes to include in this cookbook.  And, based on the rave reviews from those who have reviewed this new release, I know we can expect future cookbooks to come from  But, in the meantime, I will continue to try out each of the recipes I marked, and know that I will be providing my family with a delicious meal they will enjoy.  And, the girls are enjoying the recipes I have been making from the 'Kid-Friendly' section, which has been a big help at lunch time.  Now, I don't have to rely on popular go-to's like mac and cheese, hot dogs, and soup, which I love. 

I recently downloaded the iTunes iPad i-Book version of this book, so that I could have the recipes I was making handy.  For only $12.99, it was well worth the investment, as I love being able to tap the screen and making the recipe larger and seeing the easy to follow instructions, without having to pinch and expand.  And, another great feature of this iBook is that you can tap on the icons to view a list of all the gluten-free, vegetarian, kid-friendly, 30-minute or less, and low-calorie recipes. This eliminates the need to flip through the cookbook to find these types of recipes.  I simply choose the recipe I want to create, place my iPad in its holder and start cooking.  Easy as pie!

So, if you love cookbooks like I do and/or the website, why not pick up "America's Favorite Food" cookbook today?  Or, surprise a cookbook lover with this recent release.

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"America's Favorite Food" is now available at booksellers nationwide, including, Barnes & Noble, Target and Sam's Club for $24.95. The cookbook is also available for tablets in eBook format, which includes exclusive digital features. To view complete "America's Favorite Food" cookbook details, sample recipes and exclusive videos, visit

Launched in 2007, Time Inc.'s popular food and recipe site,, makes it easy for home cooks to find exactly the right recipe to please everyone at their table – whatever the occasion, time frame, budget, skill level, or dietary need. Named a top-10 food destination by comScore, MyRecipes is a one-stop digital source for step-by-step instructions, how-to videos, healthy cuisine and entertaining tips. In addition to producing award-winning original content such as "Dinner Tonight" and "Five and Dine," among others, MyRecipes is the only website that brings together more than 65,000 recipes from America's favorite brands – including Cooking Light, Southern Living, Real Simple, Health, Sunset, All You, Coastal Living and Food & Wine. For up-to-the-minute information, visit MyRecipes on Facebook (, Twitter (@My_Recipes) and Pinterest (

About Oxmoor House 
Oxmoor House is an imprint of Time Home Entertainment Inc., a Time Inc. company, and publishes books and special edition magazines for Time Inc. brands such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health, and Sunset. Oxmoor House's publishing partnerships include Weight-Watchers, Gooseberry Patch, and Weber.  With more than 300 back-listed titles, it is recognized as one of the leading lifestyle publishers in the country. Oxmoor House books are distributed to the trade by Hachette Book Group and are available wherever books are sold. More information is available at

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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