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Mix and Match Cooking

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Three Easy Pieces
The Quick Menu Cookbook
General Foods Corporation
1985

This cookbook is trying to be clever by splitting the book into three sections. Get it? You mix and match each section to come up with a delightful menu. I thought it was an annoying gimmick and I was constantly trying to manage the pages. However, I took one for the team and created two menus that you can make. I suggest you try the frankfurter stuffing bake paired with a lima bean salad and a summer vegetable medley. You’re welcome.

Mary

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Fabulous Fondue

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The Fondue Cookbook
Merriman
1969

Fondue was the hip food trend back in the day. (Never mind that the Swiss had been doing the fondue thing for centuries.) It was quite chic for my Midwestern small town upbringing. Naturally, any cheese related food trends are sure bets in the Midwest. This book is just okay. I am sure most foodies would be appalled at the use of canned soup. The recipes are pretty standard and this book needs some decent artwork. I did enjoy reading about Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit. As a kid, I was sure it was something to do with rabbits from Wales.

Mary

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Perfect Party, Perfect Wife

Entertaining to Please Him
Bradford
1969

Ladies! Here is your chance to really please your man. Forget all those other ways (nudge, nudge). What a man really wants is the perfect hostess. This book has all sorts of tips on entertaining. From planning to budgets, your parties will make you the perfect wife! Be sure to read the first page from the chapter titled Your Role as His Hostess. I particularly like the cover featuring a Stepford Wife/Fembot serving hors d’oeuvres.

Barbara Taylor Bradford is that Barbara Taylor Bradford of novel fame. Prior to her debut of A Woman of Substance, Bradford authored quite a few nonfiction lifestyle and decorating books. (We featured this one a few years ago.)

So break out the apron and improve your man’s life with help from Barbara.

Mary

 

More Entertaining Books:

WASP Lessons

Get Your Party On

Just in Time For Holiday Parties

Secrets from Homemakers

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