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Lean Cuisine: Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Stay-Slender Life

When I saw this, I immediately thought it was THE “Lean Cuisine,” but then found out that the Lean Cuisine brand wasn’t started until 1981. ¬†This was just a clever play on words for a health food cookbook.

The cover has that glossy plastic food look that lots of 1970s cookbooks have.¬† I don’t have any scans from inside the book, but the only review on Amazon says, ” I was disappointed at the number of recipes,I really thought there would be more.”

This is an easy weeder. People will confuse it with THE Lean Cuisine and be disappointed.



  1. You’re going to weed a book just because you think the title will confuse people- shouldn’t you give them some credit? Are the recipes any good- that should be the reason to keep or toss a cookbook.

  2. Yeah, I would weed it, too. To begin with, the cover is totally unappealing. What is that?Apples? Potatoes? Sheesh.

  3. The fact that it was written in the 1970s alone is a great reason to get rid of that thing. Cookbooks more than 10 years old are less health conscious (that may say “lean” and still be loaded with sugar and carbs), use ingredients that aren’t readily available, and include strange fads from that era. I had a cookbook with an entire chapter on gelatin molds and how to make various sweet AND savory dishes from gelatin. There was a fish gelatin, chicken, even a salted egg gelatin recipe in it. That’s embarrassing to have in your library since it makes your collection look outdated. Weed it!

  4. I’m assuming she means that it is an easy choice for weeding AND the title will confuse people. Cookbooks from the 70s especially are weedworthy because their presentation is almost always terrible and makes all their food look disgusting. The choices for specialized cooking have also changed significantly since then, warranting an update/weed.

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