“These really are the best. There’s just no point in trying any other recipes but these.” Author Ann Hodgman makes this claim in her introduction, and judging by all of the positive testimonials in this book (including one from novelist Elizabeth Berg), she may be right.
Originally published in 1993, this 2011 update contains more than fifty new recipes and a few modified recipes from the first book. The recipes, of which there are over one hundred, appear in alphabetical order by main ingredient. There are no photographs included, but each recipe begins with a humorous introduction. The recipes are written in blue and pink and occasionally include optional ingredients, topping suggestions, and ingredient comments such as ‘essential’, ‘but not low-calorie’, ‘real maple syrup, obviously.’
The majority of the recipes fall into the category of desserts or main dishes, but there are recipes for side dishes, salads and dressings, and soups as well. Readers who think they have the best blueberry pie, brownie, or potato salad recipe may be interested in trying the ones in this cookbook.