This was published before there were a lot of choices in convenience foods and people didn’t really eat out as much as they do now. These ladies did it by making everything ahead of time. They are also big proponets of appliances, especially the dishwasher, which was pretty rad for the early 60s. The recipes aren’t that interesting, but they do work for the time and place. I also figure that this was probably pretty radical concept for a cookbook in the early 60s.
Unfortunately, there really isn’t a discussion of hubs getting up and helping out.
The Low-Cost Cookbook
Straight from a library shelf to your kitchen! You will love recipes like chicken cacciatore with prunes or a molded apple blue cheese salad. I am sure your mouth is watering from all of these wonderful foods. As a child of the 1960s, I can say that no fancy meal would be complete without a jello mold with fruit cocktail.
I know that future generations might need to stroll down a gastronomic memory lane, but does it have to be this cookbook? It’s a bit embarrassing. For those that love the truly awful in cooking, may I direct your attention to Retro Recipe or James Lilek’s Gallery of Regrettable Food. You won’t be disappointed, but you will feel a bit nauseated.
Clearly, this book was published before food photography was a thing. If I didn’t know better, I would think that was a pile of dirt decorating those plates with some lovely garnish.
Hamburger meat is a staple of the time as it is usually quick and cheap. My mother was the master at creating recipes out of hamburger. Hardly anything to brag about, but I am sure it was quick and within budget. This book is much of the same. All the traditional incarnations of hamburger are well represented. Basically it is either a loaf, a meatball (this cookbook calls them burger balls), or a dressed up hamburger sandwich.
Nothing that spectacular and as a cookbook, the directions are written rather broadly and there are no illustrations. My advice: stick with the family meatloaf recipe and don’t get cute trying to make hamburger something more than it is.