The I Hate To Cook Book

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Bracken, Peg. More than 180 quick and easy recipes. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1960. 21 x 14 cm. 176 pages. Ruth Eleanor “Peg” Bracken was an American author of humorous books on cooking, housekeeping, etiquette and travel. During the 1960s and 1970s, Bracken’s writing reassured women that they did not have to be perfect to have a happy, well-managed home. Her best-known book is The I Hate to Cook Book, written in 1960. The book came about when she and some other working-women friends “pooled their ignorance” and came up with a core of recipes strong on ease of preparation. It was followed by The I Hate to Housekeep Book and The Appendix to the I Hate to Cook Book. The two cookbooks were later published together as The Complete I Hate to Cook Book. All are illustrated with amusing line drawings by Hilary Knight or “Eloise” fame. The recipes are distinguished by unusual names and peppered with sardonic comments. For example, “Stayabed Stew” could be left to cook by itself and was perfect “for those days when you are en negligee, en bed, with a murder story and a box of bonbons, or possibly a good case of flu”. Inside crisp and clean, small closed tear to dust wrapper, otherwise bright. Orig. white and silver boards. Very good, in very good dust wrapper. Hardcover.