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Cat Tricks

The Educated Cat
How to Teach Your Cat to Do Tricks
Ney and Fadem
1987

Had I been thinking, I would have posted this last week during World Cat Day. (Initially, I thought it was WorldCat day and we should be digging into to the catalog.) Evidently, there just aren’t enough cats on the Internet so we need a special day for our feline overlords.

I was browsing for cat books on a reference question and I couldn’t resist this title. I am always amused at the idea of “training” a cat.  I am not sure this particular guy has the answers since all the cats look annoyed. I especially like the photos on teaching a cat to sit.

This book was in circulation as of this posting. I still think 1987 is a bit old for a book like this, even if the material is still good. Cat books (and other pet themed books) are always a hit with the kids. For the record, I have never had a request or even a conversation about training a cat. Dogs, yes, but no cats.

Now excuse me while I attend to every need of my feline masters.

 

Mary

More Cats:

Dancing with Cats

On the Catwalk

Bad Kittehs!

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Friday Fiction: Counterfeit Wife

Counterfeit Wife
Halliday
1947

How about a mystery for the weekend? Halliday had a long career with his Michael Shane mysteries. I knew I had heard of Michael Shayne, but didn’t put it together with this book. There were a series of Michael Shayne detective movies featuring Lloyd Nolan in the 1940s. Goodreads has this ranked high and I am putting this on my “to read” list.

Mary

 

Martinis and Murder

The Hoods Come Calling

Case of the Missing Coed

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Magical Burger Balls

Creative Hamburger Cookery
DeGouy
1951

Clearly, this book was published before food photography was a thing. If I didn’t know better, I would think that was a pile of dirt decorating those plates with some lovely garnish.

Hamburger meat is a staple of the time as it is usually quick and cheap. My mother was the master at creating recipes out of hamburger. Hardly anything to brag about, but I am sure it was quick and within budget. This book is much of the same.  All the traditional incarnations of hamburger are well represented. Basically it is either a loaf, a meatball (this cookbook calls them burger balls), or a dressed up hamburger sandwich.

Nothing that spectacular and as a cookbook, the directions are written rather broadly and there are no illustrations. My advice: stick with the family meatloaf recipe and don’t get cute trying to make hamburger something more than it is.

Mary

More vintage recipes:

Mmmmm Meat!

It’s Congealed!

Tuna Chip Casserole or Tomato Delight?

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