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Young America Cooks

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Young America’s Cook Book
A Cook Book for Boys and Girls Who Like Good Food
Home Institute of the New York Herald Tribune, ed.

We love cookbooks at ALB. The older ones are really wonderful glimpses into the past. That said, my public library is not the place for this gem, but an archive might want this treasure. In the meantime, check out the Shirley Temple curls on the girl and the boys wearing nice suits to a picnic. Everyone is happy.


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Bringing home the bacon

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The Working Wives’ Cookbook
Zavin and Stuart

This was published before there were a lot of choices in convenience foods and people didn’t really eat out as much as they do now. These ladies did it by making everything ahead of time. They are also big proponets of appliances, especially the dishwasher, which was pretty rad for the early 60s. The recipes aren’t that interesting, but they do work for the time and place. I also figure that this was probably pretty radical concept for a cookbook in the early 60s.

Unfortunately, there really isn’t a discussion of hubs getting up and helping out.


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Microwave It!

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The Microwave Cookbook

Submitter: Here is another great book in microwavable cooking from 1978 found on shelf at my local public library. It’s got your typical unappealing photos of food. I also question if modern microwaves work the same way an older one would have worked in 1978? I think the wattage is different now? Either way, I think this one is an easy weed.

Holly: I would never think to cook half of this stuff in a microwave! I use the microwave as a quick tool to heat up soup for lunch at work, or to thaw frozen meat, but that’s about it. What am I doing with my life, spending time cooking on a stove??

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