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Food, cookery and entertaining

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Appetizers, Anyone?

Hors d’oeuvres
Appetizers, Spreads and Dips
Sunset Cookbooks

This came through my library’s donation pile the other day and of course someone said I just had to have this delicious example of late 1970s cocktail party food. Honestly, this could have been my parents’ party. I know both my mom and I sported the neck scarf look on more than one occasion and “harvest gold” along with avacado green were THE colors of the late seventies.

The recipes are right out of the 1970s handbook and aren’t too bad and very typical of what would be served at a generic house party in the Midwest in the late 1970s. (Although I can say I never did get to try Tofu Teriyaki Appetizers.)

Have a groovy time in the kitchen with these fab recipes.


Cookbooks from long ago:

Salmon Jello, Anyone?

It’s Congealed!

The Big Salad

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Be a Budget Foodie

The Low-Cost Cookbook
Favorite Recipes

Straight from a library shelf to your kitchen! You will love recipes like chicken cacciatore with prunes or a molded apple blue cheese salad. I am sure your mouth is watering from all of these wonderful foods. As a child of the 1960s, I can say that no fancy meal would be complete without a jello mold with fruit cocktail.

I know that future generations might need to stroll down a gastronomic memory lane, but does it have to be this cookbook? It’s a bit embarrassing.  For those that love the truly awful in cooking, may I direct your attention to Retro Recipe or  James Lilek’s Gallery of Regrettable Food.  You won’t be disappointed, but you will feel a bit nauseated.



More old-fashioned cookbooks:

Fear Factor or Fine Food? 

Who doesn’t like Jell-o?

A Real Sausage Fest

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The Devil Makes You Fat

“Help Lord-The Devil Wants Me Fat!”

Naturally, every library has its share of diet/health books. They go in and out of fashion more than, well, fashion. This book takes the extra added bonus of blaming Satan. Evidently Satan sits on the Hellmouth with a big plate of cookies tempting all of us into the abyss of fat and calories. One of the big ideas in this book is about fasting. Obviously not a new concept in religious practice. However, the advice about fasting is a little too cavelier about a doctor’s advice. He doesn’t even mention particular health issues where fasting might be problematic.

Well now I am thinking that maybe Hell has a better buffet than Heaven.


More 7 Deadly Sins:

Doughnuts made me do it! (an ALB Favorite!)

Taking all the fun out of sex

God’s Callgirl

Enemies of Marriage

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