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Fear Factor or Fine Food?

The Good Cook: Snacks & Sandwiches
Time-Life Books
1980

Submitter: I just weeded this from our collection.  The photo on the cover is awful!  The content isn’t half bad, but that cover just stops me dead.  I was afraid to open the book!

Holly: Ick!  You figure they probably put the most appetizing thing on the cover to make you buy the book.  If that’s the case, then I have NO desire to read this one!  I’m a pretty adventurous eater – not picky at all – but I would think twice before serving this to…well, anyone.

Rapper Recipes

Rapper’s Delights: African-American Cookin’ with Soul
Al Pereira
1998

Submitter: This is a cook book compiled of recipes from rappers of the eighties and nineties. It includes such delectable culinary fare as, “Flava Flav’s Rice Pilaf.” Ingredients: A bag of rice and all your favorite sh*t.
Also, “Kid ‘n Play’s Beanie Weenies.” Ingredients: A can of beans, six hot dogs (cut in half) Directions: Heat and eat!

This is a cook book compiled of recipes from rappers of the eighties and nineties. It includes such delectable culinary fare as, “Flava Flav’s Rice Pilaf.” Ingredients: A bag of rice and all your favorite sh*t.
Also, “Kid ‘n Play’s Beanie Weenies.” Ingredients: A can of beans, six hot dogs (cut in half) Directions: Heat and eat!

Holly: This was probably a fun gift book in the late 90’s.  If these are the extent of the recipes, it’s not the most useful cookbook to keep around.  If your community is big on rappers of that era and you have space, it’s not hurting anything.  Otherwise, it seems like an easy weed (and a sort of weird choice for many libraries in the first place, given its less-than-useful content.)  Has anyone seen a table of contents for this book?  I’d love to hear more of the recipe titles!  Maybe “Salt n Pepa Shrimp?” (Boil shrimp. Add salt n pepa.)

Spry?

Aunt Jenny’s Favorite Recipes
Lever Brothers Co.
1930?

Submitter: This came from the Home Economics section of a local library and was then donated with other treasures to the local High School library. 49 pages…many with pictures and captions like the attached….. book is a blatant advertisement for Spry (Lever Brothers)…notice the Goodhousekeeping Seal on back cover…From 1937 to 1956 CBS Radio featured “Aunt Jenny’s Real Life Stories” serial segments every day during the week for 15 minutes. The show was sponsored all those years by Spry and Aunt Jenny plugged Spry throughout the episodes.  One of the first “product placements”?  I know they made Spry after 1956, but don’t know how long.  This book has to date late 1940’s early 1950’s because it’s cued to the radio show.

Holly: WorldCat puts this book at “193-?”  so it is unclear what its actual publication date is.  This is really interesting, and I’d love to leaf through it.  It still doesn’t belong in either a public or high school library, though.

Mary:  My mother remembers Spry as a the shorthand term for shortening into the 50’s.  This is one of the best examples to date that need preservation in an archive, not in a public or school library.

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