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Leftovers in 2018

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Left Over for Tomorrow
Tenison
1971

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.

Mary

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Fondue or Fon don’t

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Fondue Magic: Fun, Flame and Saucery
Prichard
1969

Fondue was all the rage in the 1970s and was considered pretty chic and sophisticated (at least by my teen self, growing up in the middle of Illinois). I always had the impression that fondue was something served at fancy parties right before everyone threw keys into the bowl for a swinging good time.

Unfortunately, this book isn’t that sexy. Lots of discussion of the “fondue experience” and some recipes. Nothing like my teen brain had imagined. I had not thought about fondue in a long time, but a couple of restaurants around here have a few items that could be considered fondue. Maybe it’s making a comeback? Foodies please weigh in!

Mary

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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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