The I Hate to Cook Book

The I Hate to Cook Book

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"Fifty years ago, Peg Bracken wrote 'THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK' -- and helped change women's lives forever. At that time her message was a revolutionary one for housewives: You don't need to spend all day in the kitchen to host parties or feed your family. Cooking can be easy and, more important, it's okay if you'd rather be doing something else! now this updated and revised edition introduces Peg's delicious recipes -- along with her wry sense of humor -- to a whole new generation of women. While we're no longer expected to slave away in the kitchen, more than ever, women (and men!) still need meals that taste like great home cooking and can be prepared with minimal effort. Peg's mouthwatering recipes are quick and easy -- and many dishes, like her "Stayabed Stew," can be popped into the oven and ignored for an hour or so while you take a nap. Best of all, they all come salted with Peg's side-splitting and timeless humor" --Cover, p. 2.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., c2010.
Edition: 1st ed., 50th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780446545921
0446545929
Branch Call Number: 641.5 Bra
Characteristics: xiv, 207 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Knight, Hilary

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FindingJane Jun 23, 2016

Do you HATE to cook? Would you rather do almost anything else, like paint the garage or weed the lawn? Do you resent having to slave over a hot stove night after night after night? Whatever happened to women’s lib, anyway?

Okay, maybe in the 21st century, women don’t always have to cook. But in 1960 the burden of housework still fell on women’s shoulders for the most part and Peg Bracken was fed up with it. Why would she want to waste hours on some gourmet meal her family wasn’t going to appreciate in any case when she’d rather spend time in bed with a dry martini?

Collected in this book that was a best seller in its day and continues to draw the disinterested or untalented cook are bunches of shortcuts, cheats, tips and tricks to get you out of the kitchen and on the sofa. The meals were tested exhaustively by Peg and her friends, held up remarkably well with the years and cost very little. From what to do with those pesky leftovers to what to do with those snooty other cookbooks, Peg had an answer and a remedy. The book is laced with comical drawings, amusing asides and acerbic commentaries that vividly reflect the no-nonsense attitude of its deceased author (don’t say “passed on”; Peg hated such silly euphemisms).

This would make an amusing stocking stuffer for the non-cook or simply any reader intrigued at what went really on in the kitchen when Dad’s back was turned.

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ashleysears
Jan 24, 2014

4 stars because I love her wit. The writing between the recipes and sometimes in the very recipe itself is funny. Though I probably wont make any of these recipes - I still read the cook cover to cover.

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gigglespisano
Sep 14, 2011

I think the title says it all..hahaha

EuSei Jul 11, 2011

Mrs. Bracken’s “I Hate to Cook Book” is my favorite cooking book—I even own two: a vintage and newer copy. If not only for the recipes, the book is worth Bracken’s humorous comments that will make you laugh out loud while following the recipes. I have several favorites, among which are Poor Lonely Man’s Poivrade, Oh Dad, Poor Dad (nobody believes it’s made with Spam!), Coka Chicken, Pot de Chocolat, Swiss Loaf (meatloaf), and Can Can Casserole. If you don’t like to cook, take Peg Bracken with you to the kitchen: you might discover a hidden talent!

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