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Minimal Effort Cooking

holy housewife cookbook cover

Holy Housewifery Cookbook
Marbach
1968

This cookbook is about cooking with the least amount of effort. This book is the author’s collection of recipes gathered from the wild: newspaper clippings, labels off jars, etc. Essentially, it is a 1960’s version of a Pinterest board. Most of the recipes are designed to be low effort, inexpensive, just a few ingredients, with some witty commentary thrown in. (This book reminds me of one of my mom’s favorites from that time, Peg Bracken’s I hate to cook book . It was her bible.) The copy I picked up looked like it had been used to death. I am not sure that a book like this would be as necessary as in the day of my mother. Pinterest and other recipe sites probably have that covered for the modern anti-cooking crowd.

I know a lot of folks that love to cook and experiment. This is not their book. This book is for people like me who have to cook because you have hungry people crying. I’d rather make reservations.

Mary

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Housebuilding for Children

Housebuilding for Children - coverHousebuilding for Children: Six Different Houses that Children Can Build By Themselves
Walker
1977

The six houses featured in this book are:

The Post and Beam House
The Tree House
The Factory-built House
The Junkyard House
The Glass House
The Wood Frame House

It caught my eye when a patron asked for books about c-sections (which I failed to understand was a type of house plan and took them promptly over to the women’s health section). Once I realized they were talking about house plans and we got to the right area, this little number was just sitting there calling to me. Houses that children can build by themselves?? Really?

There might be some enterprising kids out there that are pretty handy with tools, but the instructions in this book are akin to putting together a dresser from Ikea. Most adults would have trouble, but there they are on the cover, raising a roof!

My favorite is the kid with his head sticking out the soon-to-be window, with a saw aimed at his face. There are no safety glasses being worn in any of the pictures and no gloves while digging through the vat of rust and splinters for The Junkyard House materials.

The pictures are all black and white and the outfits and tools are straight out of 1977. Points for showing both girls and boys, though.

Cute idea, but desperate for an update.

-Holly

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Uncle Brian is a Criminal

Learning about sexual abuse

Learning About Sexual Abuse
Aho and Petras
1985

This type of material is one we see quite often on this site. (Click here to see Mr T help kids, or this gem of a book that tells kids that sex abuse will make you gay.) Most of it dates from the 1980s and 90s when there was a lot of hysteria associated with stranger danger, sex abuse, and other crimes against children.

Regardless, this book is still dated. Most of the perpetrators are portrayed as having “problems” or are misunderstood. Unfortunately, no one seems to get these people arrested and charged with a crime. However, they do do get counseling or “help”. Note the final line in the story where Uncle Brian is evidently still allowed to hang out with the family. Evidently, just some once a week counseling and a “good talking to” by Laura’s parents will fix Uncle Brian right up. Notice how no one helps Laura and she still has to hangout with creepy Uncle Brian.

Weed it and don’t look back.

Mary

 

 

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