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Whet Your Appetite

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Appetizers
Hoffman
1980

Yum! With holiday entertaining in full swing, you might want to add a few of these treats to your menu. As you can see from the pictures below, there is a whole lot of interesting recipes to try. Of course we have a few molded recipes as appropriate for the era. Tuna Mousse and other molds and loafs are all over this book. The color selection ranges from a pale pink to a lime green. I shudder to think what these taste like. As a cookbook, the layout is terrible. Pictures illustrating techniques are not always located near the recipes. I had to search around for the companion recipe. Not good for 1980 and really not good for 2017.

Mary

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Minimal Effort Cooking

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Holy Housewifery Cookbook
Marbach
1968

This cookbook is about cooking with the least amount of effort. This book is the author’s collection of recipes gathered from the wild: newspaper clippings, labels off jars, etc. Essentially, it is a 1960’s version of a Pinterest board. Most of the recipes are designed to be low effort, inexpensive, just a few ingredients, with some witty commentary thrown in. (This book reminds me of one of my mom’s favorites from that time, Peg Bracken’s I hate to cook book . It was her bible.) The copy I picked up looked like it had been used to death. I am not sure that a book like this would be as necessary as in the day of my mother. Pinterest and other recipe sites probably have that covered for the modern anti-cooking crowd.

I know a lot of folks that love to cook and experiment. This is not their book. This book is for people like me who have to cook because you have hungry people crying. I’d rather make reservations.

Mary

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Foiled in the Kitchen

carefree cooking with aluminum foil

Carefree Cooking with Aluminum Foil
Reynolds Metal Company
1975

Yet another helpful cookbook for those with aluminum foil who haven’t got the slightest idea what to do with it. (I suppose you can make these lovely crafts.) Again, we have some delicious-looking molded food. In the picture below is a stunning recipe for frozen jellied turkey-vegetable salad. It’s the pimento garnish that really sells this recipe.

The other recipes are unremarkable and hardly different or unique because of the foil. I did wonder why a giant hamburger was needed. How about a meat loaf or individual burgers? I guess I will never know.

Time to head to the grocery store so you can indulge with these tasty treats. You’re welcome.

Mary

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