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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Appendix to the I Hate to Cook Book - Peg Bracken

I have this book from Goodwill – my mother had found it for me, and presented it along with the original.   It’s a hoot.    So very 60s.    Like, I had no idea MSG had a brand name (Ac’cent).    And good lord did America have bland palettes back then.  

I also love that though this is clearly for the woman who’s some kind of anti-house wife (because she hates to cook), she’s still a house wife.     I think she might even have a job out of the house, but the assumptions of life in this book are hilarious.    I didn’t read it so much for the cooking as for the history survey.

What really cracks me up is that these books were reissued for a 50th anniversary edition.   I mean, her writing style is a hoot.     I enjoyed reading both books for that reason.    But lord, I hope no one’s still making any of the recipes in either book.

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