Monday, July 26, 2010

THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION : REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK

Updated and Revised
BY PEG BRACKEN
50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

"There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who don't cook out of and have NEVER cooked out of THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK, and the other kind...The I HATE TO COOK people consist mainly of those who find other things more interesting and less fattening, and so they do it as seldom as possible. Today there is an Annual Culinary Olympics, with hundreds of cooks from many countries ardently competing. But we who hate to cook have had our own Olympics for years, seeing who can get out of the kitchen the fastest and stay out the longest." - Peg Bracken Philosopher's Chowder. Skinny Meatloaf. Fat Man's Shrimp. Immediate Fudge Cake. These are just a few of the beloved recipes from Peg Bracken's classic I HATE TO COOK BOOK. Written in a time when women were expected to have full, delicious meals on the table for their families every night, Peg Bracken offered women who didn't revel in this obligation an alternative: quick, simple meals that took minimal effort but would still satisfy. 50 years later, times have certainly changed - but the appeal of THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK hasn't. This book is for everyone, men and women alike, who wants to get from cooking hour to cocktail hour in as little time as possible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Former advertising executive who published the best-selling cookbook, “I Hate to Cook Book.” She sold more than three million copies and relieved the anxieties of millions of American women who did not like slaving over a hot stove. Bracken, a full-time employee and a reluctant cook, pooled her friends' recipes that did not take hours to prepare. Her wry take on cooking helped women save time by cutting steps in the kitchen and using convenient mixes as key ingredients. She wrote several other cookbooks in her life with the same sarcastic spin. Peg Bracken died on October 20, 2007, in Portland, Oregon.
Meet Peg's daughter, Jo Bracken, by visiting her blog.
MY REVIEW:

Funny how things come back around if you wait long enough. For example, that long empire waist flowing dress from the 70s is back in style with the young women of today, or drinking martinis is back in fashion again after being a staple in the 50s. And so it is no surprise to find Peg Bracken’s THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK written fifty years ago is back and needed now more than ever. Written originally to help the mothers caring for family and home and still expected to have a home cooked meal on the table each night, this cookbook is once again in fashion and has been updated and revised by the author’s daughter, Jo Bracken.

In the foreword, Jo Bracken writes about how now we deal with an MP3, PDA, DVD, etc while still running a household yet still can’t find a way to add more hours to the day so we can get food prepared to eat. Whether Mom or Dad, many people today will find relief in this book as an alternate to the delivery or take-out that has become the answer for these busy people, as well as the ones who just plain hate to cook! Bracken admits right away that the book is definitely for those who would rather relax by the pool then spend time cooking in the kitchen. As a baby boomer myself, I know my generation will enjoy the author’s sense of humor and be able to reminisce about their younger days.

The cook book reads more like a novel with recipes and the reference to things being prepared prior to microwaves and food processors, and using double boilers and pressure cookers while having a drink, smoking a cigarette, and frying in some good old lard, makes for an entertaining, as well as useful, read. Most of the ingredients are the normal things we tend to have around the house. The word that caught my eye most often was “fast” as that makes the chance of my trying a recipe even better.

The book is filled with everyday recipes that draw your eye to the chapter immediately. Some of my favorites are “The Leftover-OR Every Family Needs a Dog”, “Potluck Suppers-OR How to Bring the Water for the Lemonade”, and “Company’s Coming-OR Your Back’s to the Wall”. The book also includes a “30 Day-by-Day Entrees” chapter that is also known as “The Rock Pile” and my favorite, “Desserts-OR People are Too Fat Anyway”. The chapter on “Household Hints” is filled with 75 really useful hints that also lend themselves to being green and ecologically conscience. “Equivalents, Et Cetera” is MOST helpful as, come on, how many of us really remember how many teaspoons make up a gallon anyway? It also includes those magic tidbits of what you can substitute if you don’t have something you need. I think this is a really useful and fun book and probably some may complain about there not being any pictures but myself, I prefer it that way. I always hate to cook something and then when mine doesn’t look anything like the picture, get totally defeated and depressed. Thanks Jo Bracken for bringing back her mom’s wonderful book to a whole new generation of “cooks”!


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND MY FRIENDS
AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS
COLLECTIBLE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
COOK BOOK TO GIVEAWAY!

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139 comments:

Shauna said...

I would LOVE to win this.

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Shauna said...

I do hate to cook so I NEED this :)
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Cecile said...

Oh wow... why I think I should win this book. Because I really hate to cook. The sad part is I use to love cooking. But one day hubs left for out of town work (had been gone for 10 wks) and daughter was gone for school (8 weeks)... so I was left all alone... and cooking for one person is no fun... so lean cuisine meals and salads is what I survived on and now my family is coming back home...... and I need help to get the mojo back!!!

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Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book. I am not a very good cook and half of the time I don't like to cook. I think this book would immensely help me out. Thank you for a fantastic giveaway!!! :)

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Marjorie said...

I would like to win this cookbook because I have been cooking for over 40 years and I have been running out of ideas what to make.

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elaing8 said...

why I'd like to win this? well, I could use all the help I can get. I'm not the best cook.
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Steve Capell said...

I really like to cook, but I also like to try new ideas on cooking and also new foods and preparation of foods. This may give me some ideas for cooking and I am always open to trying new ways to prepare food. BTW ... I love the cartoon "I didn't burn the beer." Absolutely hilarious! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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petite said...

Love this book which would provide me with ideas which I need. Thanks.rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

suburban prep said...

I would love to know how to have a better attitude regarding cooking. What I make tends not to turn out that great
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suburban prep said...

I entered the Sadness of Lemon Cake giveaway.
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I entered the What's Up Cupcake giveaway.

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Lisa R said...

I'd love to have a copy of this. My daughter is getting her first apartment and she and her roommates will be cooking rather than eating university food. While there are dozens of things she can fix, it's alway nice to have another source of recipes.

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OF LEMON CAKE"
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PoCoKat said...

Would love to win this...love all cookbooks.

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PoCoKat said...

I am entered in the Beach giveaway

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Kaye said...

I'd like to win this for my older daughter. Her idea of cooking is cutting open a bag of salad. Her excuse is just she "hates to cook".
What can I say? Something needs to spur her on to at least trying to learn.

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Renee said...

I don't hate to cook but I am too busy to cook many nights

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allisonsbj3 said...

I need this book because I need all the cooking help I can get!

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allisonsbj3 said...

I have entered other giveaways!

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holdenj said...

I would love to win this! I know what you mean about everything coming around again and I know this was something my mom had! Thanks for the info and chance to win.
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holdenj said...

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Cindy W. said...

I could just really use a good cookbook. My family would love it too! :)

Smiles,
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Cindy W. said...

I entered the To Kill A Mockingbird giveaway too!

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Cindy W. said...

I entered The Search giveaway.

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Sandra K321 said...

I remember when this book first came out (I was very young of course) and my mother had it. I would love to read the comments that her daughter has added to this classic.
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Linda Kish said...

I think it would be interesting to look back at cooking styles of 50 years ago. My mom always cooked everything in Crisco.

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Linda Kish said...

I entered the Damaged giveaway

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debbie said...

I would like this book because the recipes look like they are simple and easy to prepare. I am always looking for new recipes. Plus, I collect cookbooks, and I would love to add it to my collection.
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Benita said...

I have a great collection of cookbooks, and most days I love to cook. But there are days when I just plain don't. I'd love this book to assist me on those particular days.

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Benita said...

I entered Ghost Shadows.

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I entered Take Hachette to the Beach.

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I entered The Sadness of Lemon Cake.

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I entered Bitch is the New Black.

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I entered Cheap Cabernet.

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I entered Crazy for Love.

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Benita said...

I entered Curtains.

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Benita said...

I entered Scout, Atticus and Boo and to KIll a Mockingbird.

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Aimee said...

I love to cook, but my sister doesn't! And she just got her first apartment so she really needs it!

gcpeach17 said...

I, too, am a baby boomer and may still have one of the first 'I Hate to Cook Books'. I would love to win this. Please, enter me. I still hate to cook!:)

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gcpeach17 said...

I have entered "The Search" giveaway

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I have entered "one Season of Sunshine".

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I also entered "Ghost Shadow" giveaway.

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Debbie said...

I cook every day and I feel like I'm at my wit's end! I need this:}

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robynl said...

I have lost my joy in cooking so this book would help immensely. I need some new recipes.

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rubynreba said...

I find that as the years go by I really am starting to hate cooking! I'd love to win this!
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THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

I would love to win this as I do hate to cook. Probably because I am so bad at it. Hopefully this book would help

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THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

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throuthehaze said...

I am always looking for new recipes to try so I would love to win this book
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Katia said...

I would love to win this book because I am completely lost in the kitchen.
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clenna said...

If I win this book, maybe, just maybe, I'll enjoy cooking!
I sure hope I win

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clenna said...

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clenna said...

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HODGEPODGESPV said...

i want this for my dh so that i can give it to him for our anniversary which i hope he will use. spvaughan@yahoo.com

Lynn said...

I would like to win this book because I dislike cooking and could really use some easy recipes!

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Lynn said...

I tweeted:
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Lynn said...

I entered the giveaway for The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

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Sarah said...

I love to cook but would enjoy reading this book.

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Sarah said...

I entered the shoulder bag giveway:)

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I entered the vintage affair giveaway.

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amweeks said...

I would love to win this book...since I truly don't like to cook at all! But with a family of 4 (and a hubby who often works late), it's a necessity and I'm always on the lookout for new, quick, easy recipes that my family with enjoy!

amweeks said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/20404601506

Tina said...

I collect cookbooks but I don't have this one!

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Tina said...

I entered the "Disappearing Spoon" giveaway.

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Pam S (pams00) said...

I would like this book because of the simplicity it boasts of making meals ;).

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Susan Fobes said...

I get tired of the same old recipes, and this cook book looks interesting...

Susan Fobes said...

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Amanda said...

I would love to win this because I used to love to cook before I had kids, but now with two little ones, it's just a race to throw something edible together and put it on the table as fast as possible!
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ossmcalc said...

I think that I really need to win this book as I have just gotten to the point of fixing what is quickest and easiest since my divorce many years ago and my daughter now has her own family. I used to be a great cook even though there was a time that I tried a new recipe and my former husband asked her if she would like to go out to eat with him when I set it on the table. I could use some help and think that this is the book that could be a great help to me.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

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Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I have entered THE STIEG LARSSON TRILOGY, PART TWO GIVEAWAY with high hopes of winning all three books of the trilogy. There will not be more due to the untimely death of Stieg Larsson. I have heard of these books and have been wanting to read them for a long time. Hopefully, this will be my chance to read all three books.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I entered the QUEEN OF THE NIGHT giveaway as I love to read a good thriller, and this book sounds just like one.

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ossmcalc said...

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