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Minimal Effort Cooking

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Holy Housewifery Cookbook
Marbach
1968

This cookbook is about cooking with the least amount of effort. This book is the author’s collection of recipes gathered from the wild: newspaper clippings, labels off jars, etc. Essentially, it is a 1960’s version of a Pinterest board. Most of the recipes are designed to be low effort, inexpensive, just a few ingredients, with some witty commentary thrown in. (This book reminds me of one of my mom’s favorites from that time, Peg Bracken’s I hate to cook book . It was her bible.) The copy I picked up looked like it had been used to death. I am not sure that a book like this would be as necessary as in the day of my mother. Pinterest and other recipe sites probably have that covered for the modern anti-cooking crowd.

I know a lot of folks that love to cook and experiment. This is not their book. This book is for people like me who have to cook because you have hungry people crying. I’d rather make reservations.

Mary

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Marriage Hilarity

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Marital Blitz
Berenstain and Berenstain
1955

This little paperback of marital comedy is brought to you by Stan and Jan of Berenstain Bear fame.  Enjoy some rather dated comedy about the perils of marriage. I doubt it would get a second look in most library collections, but the parents of baby boomers might still get a kick out of this.

Take my wife… please,

Mary

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Dodging the Marriage Bullet

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How to Avoid Matrimony
Froy
1957

Okay all you rogue males, you don’t want to be trapped by the ladies looking for marriage. This guy has you covered with some interesting advice so you can avoid having the life sucked out of you by some airhead or harpy out to trap you into marriage.

Naturally you can’t be going with out feminine companionship, but you want to avoid certain kinds of women.  For example: girls with boring factory jobs, because they have boring factory jobs; divorced women because they are kind of desperate; foreign girls, girls with pushy mothers, etc. Be vigilant!

Best part: all the charts and illustrations so you really can visualize your bachelor strategies.

Time for me to round up some rogue males,

Mary

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