Submitter: I work at the highest circulating branch in a large southwest county library system and found this gem sitting on our high-traffic cooking display. I don’t know what staff member thought this should go on a display rather than the weed bin. How embarrassing, it even has water damaged pages.
Holly: Cookbooks age like anything else. BH&G cranks out plenty of cookbooks every year. If funds and space are tight, weed and replace with a few new titles every 5-10 years and you’ll be better off than keeping this around.
As an aside, what is the fascination with the word “tangy” in these old cookbooks? What, exactly, is tangy? Is it spicy? Sour? Salty?
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.)
Submitter: Here is another gem found in our booksale (no that is not our price tag on the cover). There are no limits to the “steam” puns. Who knew that a romantic dinner for two could be so steamy?!
Holly: There have to be more current steam-cooking books on the market.