Microwave Miracles cover

Microwave Miracles

Microwave Miracles from Sears
Sears, Roebuck and Company
1974

Submitter: The smell of this book makes me think someone tried some of those fish soup recipes back in 1974. Unless that is what the 70’s smelled like?

Holly: Oh good, fish in the microwave. Your coworkers will love you when you heat up your leftovers for lunch.

Microwave Cooking cover

Saucy Wieners

Microwave Cooking from Sears
Sears, Roebuck and Company
1971

Submitter: Come see the scary side of Sears… Not sure if that’s regular wear and tear on the cover, or food stains. Either Way – this one has now been liquidated from our collection.

Holly: I can tell you what I’m NOT having for dinner tonight: “Saucy Wieners.” Recipe is below if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Futuristic Cooking with a Microwave

The New Revised
General Electric
Microwave Guide & Cookbook
1977

My family jumped into the crazy cutting edge world of microwaves around the time this book was published. The pitch was always about how you could defrost or prepare food in just seconds, sometimes minutes. I personally remember microwaving hot dogs to watch them completely curl up.

Nothing my mother or myself were able to make anything that resembled the pictures in microwave cookbooks. I am convinced these were all faked. The meat in particular always had a lovely grey color. The texture was also just awful. It should have been nicknamed Soylent Green.

Mary

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Foiled Again!

Cooking Made Microwave Easy
Better Homes & Gardens
1987

Submitter: Found this gem while weeding some vhs tapes.  I hadn’t realized that there were even microwave cooking tips out there, and coming from Better Homes and Gardens, they’re bound to be good, right!  Right?  What’s this about shielding with aluminum foil?  Sounds safe!

Holly: Well, I’ll be darned.  The USDA has a fact sheet that says small amounts of aluminum foil can be used in a microwave!  Even so, this is a VHS tape from 1987.  Let it go.