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working couple cookbook

Working Couple’s Cookbook

This little cookbook is a groovy salute to shared cooking responsibilities. From the back cover you can see that the authors consider this a big step in the women’s lib movement. I don’t think this book will make a serious dent in gendered chores around the house. This book has nothing special as far as recipes go, it’s more about the division of duties in making a meal. Sharing cooking duties is good for your relationship. It’s almost quaint.


back cover

about working couples



lamb chops recipe

recipe lamb chops


  1. “Remove 2 slices Mozzarella cheese from package” — that sounds like an instruction better suited to Him.

  2. We trade off nights of cooking in my house. Two of us trying to cook together in our tiny kitchen is a recipe for divorce!

  3. It’s a great idea, but what if you live in an apartment where the kitchen isn’t big enough for 2 people to work? Do you take turns — someone’s removing slices mozzarella from package in the living room while the other is boiling water?

    That recipe better be one of the weekend ones, I’m just saying. Or is it the fabulous “Foreign Night”? By 1971, my mother wouldn’t have considered this “foreign”. I do approve of each getting a half pint of spumoni for dessert.

    My husband and I have defined duties. He’s the one who calls for and goes to pick up the pizza. 🙂 Whoever’s the hungriest puts the frozen dinners in the microwave on those nights. I’m in charge of DoorDash.

    He’s also in charge of weekend brunch and is the sous-chef and knife sharpener. I do the shopping, planning and all other cooking, he loads the dishwasher, and we both yell at the cats.

  4. “For those nights when you feel like spending a little more time preparing dinner.” There are no such nights.

    Bonus point for the oh-so-1971 LSD-inspired illustrations, though addled perception and food prep are probably not a good combo.

  5. I love to cook, and my wife cooks occasionally, but like LurkerType we find it difficult to work in the kitchen at the same time. It’s not a small kitchen but there’s only so much counter space.
    It’s much easier for one person to cook one meal.

  6. The illustrations on the cover are horrifying, and I’m 100 percent here for it. Is that a demonic typewriter leering at Wife? Is Husband melting into the table?

    1. You’re doing better than I am! I don’t even see anything that would resemble a husband or a wife. I can see the demonic typewriter, however.

      1. Their heads are rendered as basketball/globes. The brown amorph under “cook” is her (most likely, but could be his) hair.

        1. A-ha! Thank you! I can see them now. Well, I can see presumptive wife pretty clearly. Husband still looks somewhat. . . .stunted.

    2. On the front, from left: Western Electric 102 rotary dial telephone; man, censored, in front of the sink; plate; woman wearing apron; dishrack?; demonaic mechanical typewriter.
      On the back, from left: coal burning steel range w/pot; breadbox; dressed poultry with viscera leaking out chest cavity; knife block w/knives.

  7. I cooked in professional kitchens for years, including to get myself through two college degrees and have been the family cook for two decades. I have a companion publication (same era, shape, typography, & graphic design) on how to do breakfast. The recipes, without exception, are well-thought-out, clear (step by step, same as here), easy to follow, and tasty. It lives on a very select bookshelf in my pantry next to Auguste Escoffier’s Le Guide Culinaire, Paul Prudhomme on Cajun, Stephen Piles on Tex-Mex, a handful of New England regional cookbooks, and my maternal grandmother’s collection.
    Is it dated as all get-out? Heck yes. Is it a great little cookbook? An equally emphatic yes.

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