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Martha Stwart’s Quick Cook

Martha Stewart coverMartha Stewart Quick Cooks
1983

Submitter: Martha Stewart cookbooks are pretty much a no-brainer purchase for our mid-sized public library collection but I think this one has reached the end of its life span. Also, I’m not sure Martha’s definition of quick to prepare food matches with any other human on the planet.

Holly: Well, leaving the head and scales on the fish definitely saves time (picture below). And that pink dress! Wow!

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Liberace Cooks

Liberace Cooks coverLiberace Cooks!: Hundreds of Delicious Recipes For You  from His Seven Dining Rooms
Liberace
1970

Submitter: Here is my new favorite book. When I found this on shelf, I just knew it would be amazing. I am too young for Liberace, and even worse, my young library clerks had no idea who he was! But get a load of those pictures! Such opulence.

Holly: Oh, to have seven dining rooms and still dine “informally but elegantly before the television set” [back cover, below]. There’s really no reason for most public libraries to hang onto this any more, but just look at that piano hood on his stove!

Not only can you cook like Liberace, but you can Dress Like Liberace, too.

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Oven Fried Squirrel

Old Fashioned Dutch Oven CookbookOld Fashioned Dutch Oven Cookbook: Complete with Authentic Sourdough Baking, Smoking Fish and Game, Making Jerky, Pemmican, and Other Lost Campfire Arts
Holm
1969

I didn’t realize that “campfire arts” was a thing. This looks like a cool book! Too bad it is falling apart and the pages are starting to fade. The cover has definitely seen better days. There are plenty of more current campfire cooking and dutch oven cookbooks out there.

The author picture (below) just seems wrong. Rather than suiting up, I think Mr. Holm should have had his picture taken wearing flannel and cooking over a campfire.

Oven fried squirrel #FTW.

-Holly

 

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