This cookbook has a copyright of 1999. This is one of the cookbooks I inherited from my Grandma W. after she passed away. Her "bookmarks" were cut rectangles of an old watercolor that she had done. I have never cooked from this before.
This cookbook is divided in three sections: Potato, Onion and Garlic. Each section has it's own unique look and feel. The layouts, typeface etc. are different. I did find the exact same recipe for "Sauteed Garlic Potatoes" in both the potato and garlic sections. I figure these sections were published in book form at sometime individually. The divided sections have a cover sheet that talks about "Favorite Brand Name Recipes". Though it says brand name most of the recipes don't seem to have brand name stuff. Tabasco, Del Monte, Fleischmans, Egg Beaters, Wisconsin Cheese Board cheeses are a few of the ingredient brands I saw in the recipes.
Each "book" is broken up into parts...potato is broken up into Beginnings, Soups and Stews, Salads, Center Stage, Supporting Roles, Brunch dishes etc, Onion is broken up into more traditional categories such as Pasta, Beef, Sides as is the Garlic Book.
There is a chapter on Hints, Tips (several pages of tips on how to buy and store featured ingredient,) a metric chart, and standard index. I would have thought the index would also include the "product". Like there are several recipes that include "Frenchs French Fried Onions". I would think that it would be listed under the index so you could find all the recipes that include it.
There is an index tab for "My Favorite Recipes" where they give you complete pages that you can write in your own recipe (must be about 30 or so of those pages). Some recipes have full page photos, a few have half page photos. There is not a photo for every recipe. About half of the recipes list calorie counts and nutrition.
There is a note written on the inside cover flap that says "Some of the Products Listed in the publication may be in limited distribution". There were several recipes that asked for "Guiltless Gourmet" which I found on Amazon. Alas, the Guiltless Gourmet Nacho Sauces aren't even on the company website.
Though most of the recipes seemed pretty generic there were a few that really caught my eye...The Ultimate Onion (which looked like Chili's the Awesome Blossom)...and Kublai Khan's Stir-Fry with Fiery Walnuts (which came from Kikkoman).
I admit, I wasn't sure that I'd find a lot of recipes I'd want to make, since I looked at this as a brand name, simple recipe kinda thing. But a lot of the recipes, even though they were simple, seemed familiar and like things I would eat. Though it says "brand name" there really isn't a lot of processed food in these recipes. But then I'm not a purist when it comes to trying not to cook with processed foods. I don't consider things like canned stewed tomatoes or frozen corn kernels or Lawry's Seasoned Salt processed even though they are. If you look at the recipes listed below, I don't think a one of them has any canned soups!
Herbed Potato Chips, Hot & Spicy Ribbon Chips, Yellow Couscous, Cheesy Potato Soup, SPAM Skillet Potato Salad, Potato Straw Cake with Ham & Gruyere, Tex-Mex Ground Turkey Potato Boats, Sauteed Garlic Potatoes, Grilled Cajun Potato Wedges, San Juan Quiche, The Ultimate Onion, Chili Con Queso, Onion and Pepper Quesadillas, Beef Stroganoff Casserole, Pasta Peperonata, Kublai Khan's Stir-Fry with Fiery Walnuts, Stuffed Salisbury Steak with Mushroom and Onion Topping, Swedish Meatballs, Polska Kielbasa Simmered in Beer and Onions, Creole Chicken, Lemon-Garlic Shrimp, Cheesy Onion Soup, Corn and Onion Chowder, Onion Soup with Pasta, Oven Roasted Potatoes and Onions with Herbs, Buffalo Chili Onions, Creamed Pearl Onions, Sweet Pepper Garlic Soup, Chili Verde, Chili-Crusted Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, Lemon-Garlic Broccoli over Spaghetti Squash, Parmesan Polenta, Orzo with Spinach and Red Pepper, Ginger Hot Thighs, Baked Shrimp with Chili-Garlic Butter,
Grilled Chili-Marinated Pork, Lemon-Garlic Shish Kabobs,