Credit goes to Book Riot for bringing this little gem to our attention. Also, my friend Brian, who sent me that link. I verified library holdings just to be sure it is an awful “library” book and not just a weird book…and it is. The holdings are mostly in New Zealand and South Africa, but an ALB is an ALB. Universally.
It’s not just that it is 41 years old. It’s not just that it has that horrible “plastic food” photography. It’s not just that it has very strange ideas of what to do with bananas. It’s all of those things combined.
I’m calling it: this one is a weeder. (And I WANT it for my family’s Christmas gag gift exchange.)
This wonderful book showed up in a library book sale and of course I grabbed it! I looked up some of the house specialties from Michigan. (I love the idea of going to Oscoda to eat Tuna Casserole.You would think they would feature one of the fish from Lake Huron as a specialty.) None of the places located in cities I was familiar with even registered on my radar with the exception of New Orleans’ Court of Two Sisters and Plymouth, Michigan’s Mayflower Hotel.
According to WorldCat, there are some holdings in university collections and some large libraries which are probably appropriate places. As current travel information? Of course this is not helpful. As a culinary and marketing relic from the 50s, absolutely a winner.
Submitter: We pride ourselves on having an up to date collection. Unfortunately while trying to find a cookbook for a reluctant reader who loves cooking, I found this atrocity. Granted it is a reprint from 2003, but there have been no updates since its original publish date of 1957. Shame on us for still having this book, especially since it has checked out in the last 2 years.
Holly: Why on earth would they reprint a 1957 cookbook in 2003 with the same cover and no updates? This screams 1957. I wonder if they include recipes with Spry?