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Fondue or Fon don’t

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Fondue Magic: Fun, Flame and Saucery
Prichard
1969

Fondue was all the rage in the 1970s and was considered pretty chic and sophisticated (at least by my teen self, growing up in the middle of Illinois). I always had the impression that fondue was something served at fancy parties right before everyone threw keys into the bowl for a swinging good time.

Unfortunately, this book isn’t that sexy. Lots of discussion of the “fondue experience” and some recipes. Nothing like my teen brain had imagined. I had not thought about fondue in a long time, but a couple of restaurants around here have a few items that could be considered fondue. Maybe it’s making a comeback? Foodies please weigh in!

Mary

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Keeping it warm

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Meals That Can Wait
A Cookbook for Commuters’ Wives, Week-End Hostesses, and Other Dependents of the Undependable
Brooks
1970

Another harried housewife cookbook for your consideration. I am not sure there is anything particularly exciting about this cookbook. Remember, this is before the microwave. I get that many of these recipes “keep warm,” so maybe that is the big selling point of this book. The recipes aren’t really easy or quick in my opinion. It really is outdated and the cover art is boring. Even if the greatest recipes were inside this book, no one would take a second look.

Enjoy your holiday leftovers,

Mary

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Just Make Reservations

fearless cooking for crowds cover

Fearless Cooking for Crowds
Evans
1986

With Thanksgiving nearly here and the rest of the holiday madness kicking into high gear, it is time to break out some recipes for your special holiday meals. Evidently the woman on the cover has been taken over by some robot species and forced to create special family dinners. Nothing says “festive” robotic Stepford wives armed with complicated recipes. Or possibly she is really is afraid of cooking.

The actual recipes are decent. I guess we will eat well when the robot overlords come to steal our souls.

Mary

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