Saucepans and the Single Girl

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Saucepans and the Single Girl coverSaucepans and the Single Girl
Kragen and Perry

Submitter: Recently weeded from my high school library collection.  We have nicknamed this book the “How to Snag a Man” Cookbook.

Holly: Oooh, a high school library! I bet this was flying off the shelves there. I mean, a college library in the 1960s, maybe. Was it supposed to support the home economics curriculum or something? This was re-published in 2006, if you can believe it. Does anyone have the new one in their collection? It has a very 1960s retro-looking cover.  I hope the content was completely revised and edited for the “modern gal…”

Saucepans and the Single Girl back cover

Saucepans and the Single Girl front flap

Saucepans and the Single Girl back flap

Saucepans and the Single Girl introduction


  1. I picture Mary Tyler Moore picking up this book and finding it useful for whipping up a brunch for Maude, Rhoda, Mr. Grant and the gang.

  2. Can someone explain the sheepskin references in this book (the intro) and yesterday’s book? Are they referring to rugs? Also I am curious about what a BBD&O man is. : )

    1. Sheepskin is the slang for diploma/degree. I think the BBD and O reference is to an advertising agency.

  3. I could see someone seriously giving this to Peggy Olsen – No doubt Megan Calvet Draper would be one of the models on the cover.

  4. I find the second paragraph of the introduction interesting. It appears English Lit degrees have been oversold for decades. (: [ ): if you’re a lit major]

  5. The descriptions of the husbands sound ominous, especially the one who “succumbed” to a lasagna. I’m a bit worried about exactly what that lasagna did to him.

  6. These girls look a little too chummy to be interested in entertaining men, BBDO or otherwise. They’re both stirring the whisk together. Cue pottery scene music from “Ghost.” They were living together in San Francisco, after all.

    Plus, is it really safe to have an open Sterno flame on the desk? Since when did you buy a chafing dish with the office supplies?

  7. When I was a teenager in the 80’s I read my mom’s copy cover-to-cover more than once. I had no interest in cooking whatsoever, mind you. But it’s a fun read with amusing chapter headings, and went well with my mom’s tales of being a young PanAm stewardess in Seattle in the ’60s. My last re-read would have been in college before I lost it (and my prized Joy of Cooking: great teaching guide btw) in a kitchen fire. It could definitely stay (in a public library setting) under Amercian Wit & Humor.

    1. I know you are all making fun of this book, probably because the social content was way before your time. I was 18 when I bought the paperback version in a local store, and started trying the recipes. It wasn’t before fast food, but it WAS before we all got so fat on eating so much processed fast food. Anyway, most of the recipes from this book were pretty good staples and really tasty. My kids have always been big fans of the lasagna recipe, and the beef stroganoff is terrific! I think I’ve used them all at one time or another. The book was a cute idea for it’s time. In those days, you didn’t date through, you were out there on the market, and cooking skills were definitely something to have if you wanted to attract a prospective husband. Believe it or not, my parents did not encourage me to get good grades or go to college, they just said “You will just get married anyway, so what does it matter?” If they had only known how different the world was for me than for them. In my forties, my oldest daughter, who also loved the book, found a hard copy of it at a yard sale…we were so happy because we couldn’t find it anywhere and the paperback copy was getting dog eared and falling apart. I could probably order another one from nowadays. Try the idiots cheese delights, yum! Bottom line is, it may be a corny read, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried the recipes!

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