Common cookbook recipes include egg salad, French toast, slow-cooked tomato sauce and drop biscuits. Other common recipes include slow-roasted beef tenderloin, boiled eggs, garlic knots and a fudgy chocolate cake.
Common foods in cookbooks have diverse uses or are a staple food. For instance, the slow-cooked tomato sauce is a staple in Italian cooking, and mastering this recipe allows the cook to make chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and other pastas. Another example is an easy-bake biscuit recipe. These may be eaten for any meal of the day and go well with many other foods. In addition, these recipes are not very complex and can be made in under 30 minutes. Dessert and breakfast-specific foods are not left out of these cookbooks, and French toast and easy-bake cake recipes are often included. Sometimes these recipes do not even require an oven and can be cooked in a microwave.
In addition to these staples, popular ethnic foods can be found in basic cookbooks. Italian breads such as pepperoni garlic knots are often listed, while a Chinese staple such as General Tso's chicken is common. Again, these recipes are often simplified for a quick meal. Finally, any basic cookbook often includes recipes for vegetarians, such as a black bean or veggie burger.