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Fabulous Fondue

fondue cookbook cover

The Fondue Cookbook
Merriman
1969

Fondue was the hip food trend back in the day. (Never mind that the Swiss had been doing the fondue thing for centuries.) It was quite chic for my Midwestern small town upbringing. Naturally, any cheese related food trends are sure bets in the Midwest. This book is just okay. I am sure most foodies would be appalled at the use of canned soup. The recipes are pretty standard and this book needs some decent artwork. I did enjoy reading about Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit. As a kid, I was sure it was something to do with rabbits from Wales.

Mary

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Mama’s Milk

mama's milk coverI’m Made of Mama’s Milk
Olsen
2001

Submitter: Okay, it’s probably not nice to pick on self-published works. Also, breastfeeding-positive books are in short supply in many library collections, so it has that going for it.  However, the soft-focus photographs with the weird photo-shopped backgrounds, combined with some not particularly inspired poetry (“Mama’s love is so very fine. / Her touch is gentle, her words are kind. / And her precious food straight from the heart / Is giving my life such a great start!”) make for a pretty awful library book.  It had not circulated within the three years dictated by our public library’s weeding schedule, so away it goes!

Holly: It’s a nice, feel-good book for children that normalizes breastfeeding. I don’t have any real beef with the book itself. The picture of the child in the bathtub worries me a little bit – mom gets drowsy and baby drowns face-down in the tub and a beautiful photo goes horribly wrong. I agree that the quality of the photos and the poetry could use some polishing as well. An editor at a publishing house would have helped. This one’s just “meh” for me. Old enough to weed without hurting anyone’s feelings, probably.

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Manly Brunches from the South

southern living party cookbook cover

Southern Living Party Cookbook
Marks and Editors of Southern Living Magazine
1972

Are you having to entertain a bunch of seriously rough and masculine men? Have I got the menu for you! You need to make the “He-Man” brunch. I am not sure what makes this particular menu “manly” but, then, I live in Michigan. (I am not sure what a manly man has for brunch around here…maybe a coney and a beer?) For the most part, the recipes are pretty good, although my Swedish grandmother may take issue with the recipe for Swedish meatballs. Southern foodies maybe could explain the tomato cocktail as apposed to a Bloody Mary. They are pretty similar. Maybe the garnishes of watercress or chopped cucumber are the difference. Maybe the watercress and lemon wedges are more masculine than a sprig of celery.

Happy Eating!

Mary

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