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Betty-Crockers-Cookbook-1Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls

Submitter: We pride ourselves on having an up to date collection.   Unfortunately while trying to find a cookbook for a reluctant reader who loves cooking, I found this atrocity.  Granted it is a reprint from 2003, but there have been no updates since its original publish date of 1957.  Shame on us for still having this book, especially since it has checked out in the last 2 years.

Holly: Why on earth would they reprint a 1957 cookbook in 2003 with the same cover and no updates?  This screams 1957.  I wonder if they include recipes with Spry?

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Who Doesn’t Like Jell-o?

New Joys of Jello coverNew Joys of Jell-o Brand Gelatin Recipe Book
Kraft General Foods

One of our readers found this book on the Woot blog and submitted it.  You have to admit, some of these recipes are ridiculous.  The people and decor pictured are completely outdated, too.  There are plenty of libraries out there, both public and academic, with this gem still riding the shelves.  I think it’s safe to weed it.

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More Awful Cookery

Soyer's Paper-Bag CookerySoyer’s Paper-Bag Cookery

Submitter: According to Nicholas Soyer, the method of paper-bag cookery “has made a great furor in England,” and, despite initial setbacks (“the paper got burnt, and soon afterwards it exploded”), is perfect for cooking nearly everything, except for “macaroni or kindred Italian pastes.”  Various recipes for things like mutton stew are interspersed with weird narratives in which the testy author tells people to just “paper bag it” whenever they want cooking advice.  I’ve included a sample recipe for mutton stew, the cover, and a strange excerpt for your awful library books viewing pleasure!

Holly: The submitter is from a public research library associated with a major university.  That’s not the worst place for this book.  Sadly, though, it is also available in a multitude of public libraries around the country.  It’s interesting and quirky…but as part of a regular collection I’ll take the leap and call it an awful library book.

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