The mighty food processor

food processor cookbook

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.

I think like Instant Pot, this was probably a great choice as food processors became more mainstream. I am not sure that in 2021 this has the same level of interest as it did in the 70s and 80s. We shall see if Instant Pot has the staying power.




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  1. I got a Cuisinart as a wedding present in 1983. It was a group gift from co-workers, so I think it is probably an expensive model. I have never used it — too many pieces to figure out, and then to clean afterwards, no thank you. I guess I have never had to cook anything that really needed this.

    On another note, it was interesting to learn from the Bon Appetit article that it was named after the cookware, not the other way around. But please, set your links to open in a new window — I almost lost this page!

  2. I STILL don’t have a food processor. Either I chop or I put it in the blender, or (most likely) I pick some other recipe.

    This was definitely a cookbook that jumped on the bandwagon. Probably just changed a few details in their old 70’s recipes to get this out.

    The chilled chicken loaf is threatening to make my lunch reappear. Bleah! Oooh, let’s not get too carried away, a whole 1/4 teaspoon of thyme in 2 pounds of meat.

  3. I guess a food processor is like a blender for dry ingredients….
    They now make small convenient food processors; who needs the bulky ones.
    A mandolin will slice and shred just as well, but you have to mind that vicious blade at the end of your onion…
    Why berate yourself when ours are Good Enough Homes and Gardens

  4. I love my food processor! Makes cooking a lot quicker when used to shred, dice, or blend. They are also good for people with arthritis or other issues that make fine motor work difficult. My processor is on its last legs, so am happy to take your barely used ones off your hands. 🙂

  5. I don’t have room for a countertop mixer and the Cuisinart works fine to make batter for cakes and quick breads. I use it often. On the infrequent occasions that I need to whip egg whites or cream I use the Sunbeam hand mixer I got for three books of Texas Gold stamps at the H.E.B. in 1 977.) But it would be fiddly to use it as the one tool/utensil for an entire recipe.

  6. My family (6 kids close in age) led by a mom (navy wife) who learned to cook from the back of boxes and sides of cans, got our family one when they first came out. Quite a splurge-Mom had New York/slash caviar tastes and a budget and let us go to town with these books, including the recipes in the manual. We loved it and learned how to make all kinds of things!
    Love coming across these titles as a library friend/volunteer! Love your work too!

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