book cover ground beef

Ground Beef Goodness

The Sunset Ground Beef Cook Book
Recipes for all occasions

Who knew that ground beef was so versatile?

I am sure many of you will want to check for this book in your own catalogs so you can enjoy these fabulous recipes. There really isn’t anything particularly exciting: every thing is based on the form. You decide if you want your ground beef in balls, loaf, or patties.

If you scroll down, you can see that these publishers desecrated a poor pumpkin with some ground beef. I am a big fan of squash, but just no to the pumpkin vomiting a beef filling.

what husbands wish their wives knew about money

Jesus loves budgets

What Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew About Money

This book is a mix of scripture and financial advice. For the most part, the author assumes that the woman is clueless about the intricacies of money. This book is to help the husband explain the big bad world of money management. There are lots of stories sprinkled throughout the book on women being trapped by credit. (I guess the men are more immune to the the call of credit.)

The couples profiled have a variety of problems: wife wants to live way above the family’s means, the husband is a miser with the funds, and wife resents him. A husband is somewhat “shamed” for making his wife take a job typing in her spare time. Good husbands don’t do that. The wife, in another scenario, “borrows” from her father.

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Fingerplays for the Emotionally Disturbed

Creative Fingerplays and Action Rhymes: An Index and Guide to Their use

Submitter: I am a newly-hired youth services librarian for a public library branch that had been without a children’s librarian for nearly 3 years. While evaluating my library’s professional development collection, I came across [this book]. Most of the information in this book is fairly standard for the subject: chapters cover developmental milestones for various ages, suggested fingerplays and rhymes, and some sample craft ideas. All of these fingerplays themselves are now nicely organized and demonstrated on sites such as Jbrary. And since 1992, a number of excellent trainings like Supercharged Storytimes have been developed and made available for youth services librarians. This 30-year-old book, therefore, was unlikely to get much use at my branch. Regardless, I felt the need to browse the book and discovered the sample page I’m including here on serving “mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed children.” Um, we don’t use those terms anymore, and I’m kind of surprised they were still being used in 1992! Even my colleague at my branch who hates the idea of weeding anything agreed this title had to go.

Holly: Sometimes it’s easy to miss books like these, that still have some value. I’m sure the actual fingerplays are mostly fine. It’s these hidden sections, like the one you submitted, that can be overlooked. You can always photocopy the pieces you can still use and recycle the rest.

casserole cookbook

Pass the Casserole

Better Homes and Garden
All Time Favorite Casserole Recipes

The lowly casserole (aka hotdish for my friends in Minnesota) has once again graced our website. This is a staple of Midwest. I know this because many of my friends from other parts of the country have said “You have got to be kidding” when sharing my family’s tuna casserole recipe. They just never understood the power of a can of Cream of Mushroom soup.

Fellow Midwesterners, be sure to note the fancy Highbrow Haddock recipe (last image). Go ahead and substitute potato chips for the bread crumbs. I won’t tell.

the working woman book front cover

Be a Working Woman!

Working Woman
Barbara and Jim Dale

For a hot minute, I thought this Jim Dale was the actor who read the Harry Potter series on audio books. I was wrong. This Jim Dale partnered with his then wife Barbara Dale and made a few of these humor/cartoon books about working, marriage, and parenting, etc. They also started a cartoon strip in the 1990s that tried to capitalize on the parenting, marriage, family thing. It didn’t really go anywhere and was probably a bit too edgy for the newspaper. The Dales were also involved with creating greeting cards. The Dales divorced and Barbara bought Jim out of the greeting card business. These cartoons are dated, but they are also on point and probably a bit edgy for the time.

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Bram Stoker is Possessed

The Man Who Wrote Dracula: A biography of Bram Stoker

Submitter: This may not be so much an awful library book as it is an awful book cover. We can see from an inside photo that Stoker was a decent looking guy, so why the demonic possession eye treatment? I’m guessing the publishers wanted to ride The Exorcist wave as this book was published in 1975 after the 1973 film release. Better yet, the author was the great nephew of Stoker, so you think he’d want to honor his relative rather than make him look like an evil character. We have plenty of other (better) Stoker biographies so this one had to go.

Holly: What a strange choice of cover art! I swear I’ve seen this cover before, actually, but it’s not part of my library’s collection and I don’t see it in a previous ALB post. That’s a face you don’t forget, though!

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The mighty food processor

Better Homes and Gardens
Food Processor Cookbook

I plucked this from a local library and it was in such good condition. Given the 1979 publication date, I immediately became suspicious. The book is over 40 years old and it looks this good? That might mean no one was interested in it from the get-go. The pictures were pretty crisp and the recipes were just meh. Be sure to check out the recipes for Chilled Chicken Loaf and Glazed Ham Balls. Other than coleslaw type recipes or maybe making things like breadcrumbs, having a food processor wasn’t necessary to some of the recipes.

Food processors were the “it” appliance in the 1970s and were shockingly expensive compared to other kitchen electronics. I didn’t see them as a regular part of kitchens until the 1980s. The go-to brand was Cuisinart. (Click for an article from Bon Appetit about Cuisinart’s origin.) I finally broke down and bought a food processor in the 1990s thinking it would be fabulous to have thin sliced potatoes for certain family recipes. Since I am no real cook, this appliance gets used maybe once or twice a year.

Chilton guide to telephone installation

Install your own phone!

Chilton’s Guide to Telephone Installation and Repair

In the old days, the phone were the “property” of Ma Bell (aka the phone giant AT&T). After lengthy anti trust case, AT&T was split into the “baby bells” and phone service changed for most consumers. People had to buy or rent phones and arrange for installation. Cellular phones were still not common until the late 1980s, and they were expensive. This would have been a good purchase for a public library back in the day, but I doubt would get much action these days. It’s an obvious weed, so I will add a link to Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine that originated on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. (An awesome show.) This clip is when Ernestine calls General Motors.