Today’s Tips for Easy Living
If you remember the Today Show from the late 1970s or early 80s, you might remember Dian Thomas and her lifestyle segments. She is still around, according to her website, as a speaker and author. The book is a bit dated, but the recipes are typical of the time, especially to my “sophisticated” Midwestern palate. Extra points for being pretty easy for my limited skills in the kitchen. Exception: I am not sure about the tomato soup cake recipe: cake =yes, tomato soup=yes. Together? Just not feeling it.
The book is a general all-purpose lifestyle cooking, entertaining, crafts, travel tips, etc. These type of books circulate pretty well and would have been an obvious choice 30+ years ago. I actually enjoyed going through this book, and wonder what 21st century ideas would be featured. Jane Pauley was my fashion role model at the time and I think I had a similar dress back in the early 80s.
If anyone needs me I will be in the stacks bemoaning my age and the bygone days when my biggest problem was finding paper for my typewriter and making it to class on time.
Submitter: I work at a small high school in Ontario, Canada (approx 120 students) and they have not had a proper library since the school opened in 2000. I have been continuously weeding the collection in order to have a functional library and I found this book about living off the land from 1934! While it is really neat to handle a book 80 years old, it really has no use in a small high school library and is incredibly outdated (this book regards electricity as a luxury!). Thus I decided to weed it.
Holly: I have recently become obsessed with all the shows on the Discovery Channel about homesteading in Alaska. I can’t explain the appeal, but I will watch and read anything about homesteading.
Except for this.
It is a nice tribute to its time and place, but belongs in a museum or archive now – definitely not a public high school library! Wrong audience, wrong time, and wrong place. Weed this and buy something that shows the difference between the lifestyle of a homesteader today and that of someone connected to society. There are so many different considerations for those interested in this lifestyle today!
If you were alive and paying attention in the 1980s, you might recognize Cristina as the 3rd wife of John DeLorean, designer of the Back to the Future car/time machine , Currently, Cristine can be seen on the Hallmark Channel’s show Home & Family and authoring cookbooks. This book is essentially the 80s in a nutshell. We have big hair, leg warmers, shiny fashions, Golden Door Spa diets, and of course a husband on trial (and aquitted) for cocaine trafficking.
Aside from the micro 80s experience, I can’t see a reason for a public library to hang on to this. To the public library holding this: What are you waiting for?
I will be in the back looking for my Jane Fonda exercise tapes if anyone needs me.
PS: I also found this somewhat recent pop culture reference on the show the Goldbergs and DeLorean’s daughter being not too enthusiastic over at Jalopnik.