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Budget Cooking

Budget Cook BookJean Allen’s Budget Cook Book
by Vivian Reade

Submitter: The cover of this book was so fantastically retro I knew the inside would be a rewarding nostalgia trip. Although recipes come in and out of style, the nutrition advice in here probably needs updating and if this book is to help out some poor college student doing their own cooking there’s probably a more attractive, up to date version out there. I think this deserves to be featured for the CLASSIC photos of women shopping in hats and gloves inside! Some of the more bizarre recipes inside include “Crisp Cheese Baskets” which are basically hollowed out loaves of bread with cheese grated over them and the Banana Ambrosia recipe.

Holly: What was the fascination with bananas back in the 1950s? And “creamed foods,” too. The bread page (below) suggests filling bread and toast with “creamed foods.” I look like The People of Walmart when I grocery shop, not dressed to the nines like the lady in the picture below.

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Young America Cooks

Young America's CookbookYoung America’s Cook Book
A Cook Book for Boys and Girls Who Like Good Food
Home Institute of the New York Herald Tribune, ed.

We love cookbooks at ALB. The older ones are really wonderful glimpses into the past. That said, my public library is not the place for this gem, but an archive might want this treasure. In the meantime, check out the Shirley Temple curls on the girl and the boys wearing nice suits to a picnic. Everyone is happy.


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Microwave It!

The Microwave Cookbook

Submitter: Here is another great book in microwavable cooking from 1978 found on shelf at my local public library. It’s got your typical unappealing photos of food. I also question if modern microwaves work the same way an older one would have worked in 1978? I think the wattage is different now? Either way, I think this one is an easy weed.

Holly: I would never think to cook half of this stuff in a microwave! I use the microwave as a quick tool to heat up soup for lunch at work, or to thaw frozen meat, but that’s about it. What am I doing with my life, spending time cooking on a stove??


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