Cooking From Scratch
The Single Man’s Guide to Making Out in the Kitchen
Direct from the 1970s, we have a cookbook made especially for those guys who are single, or the wife is working and the poor guy has to fend for himself. Naturally this book implies that if you can cook, the ladies will dig it. (If the cooking doesn’t work, the fashion will!)
The recipes run the gamut from boiling an egg or making toast to some fancy lobster and desserts. For a book that has “cooking from scratch” as part of the title, I was a bit surprised to see all sorts of canned ingredients, not to mention some rather questionable combinations of food, such as mixing milk with some deviled ham and egg noodles. Top this mixture with ketchup (see the 4th picture below). I kind of threw up in my mouth thinking about this concoction. (Pro tip: this is NOT a recipe that would impress women!)
Men, if this is your strategy for turning up the heat in the kitchen, I suggest you get carry out.
Left Over for Tomorrow
Time to kick off 2018 with some helpful advice about leftovers. Hopefully you have some remnants of holiday dinners to try out with this book. At any given time in our fridge are the remnants of take-out food. (Some complete with moldy fuzz!) To me, this is leftovers. The author, however, is not exactly on the same page. The leftover recipes in this book are almost as complex as the original recipes. This book is more about versatile cooking than reheating some day-old food. This author turns leftovers up to 11. I get the feeling she is one step above dumpster diving.
Meals That Can Wait
A Cookbook for Commuters’ Wives, Week-End Hostesses, and Other Dependents of the Undependable
Another harried housewife cookbook for your consideration. I am not sure there is anything particularly exciting about this cookbook. Remember, this is before the microwave. I get that many of these recipes “keep warm,” so maybe that is the big selling point of this book. The recipes aren’t really easy or quick in my opinion. It really is outdated and the cover art is boring. Even if the greatest recipes were inside this book, no one would take a second look.
Enjoy your holiday leftovers,