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The I Hate to Cook Book: 50th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Peg Bracken , Johanna Bracken
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"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.

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New edition includes a new foreword by Peg's daughter Jo and updates to the recipes for a whole new generation of women who hate to cook (and those that like it a bit....!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1353 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 50 Anv edition (26 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REALISTIC 29 Nov. 2011
By perseka
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This book was a god-send to me when I was working as a housekeeper for a family in Canada. Peg Bracken came to my rescue with recipes such as "Stayabed Stew" and "Swiss Loaf". The family loved the outcome and so did I. However, not even Peg Bracken could endear me to cooking - but this book is at least practical and "doable", and what is more, it doesn't break the bank!
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This was one of my first cookery books back in the 70s and despite the name it gave me a love of cooking! A great book for when you don't know what to cook but it has to be quick & easy. Love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for lazy people 25 Mar. 2013
By Kaley
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Nice book for lazy people. Loads of recipes you can follow but I've just used up several of them. Would be nice if it has pictures inside.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not yet arrived 12 Nov. 2013
By teresa
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In spite of ordering this months ago, and receiving an apology and an assurance that another would be sent when I notified the company of its non-arrival, I still have not received the book. I owned a copy of it years ago and loved it, but lent it to a friend and didn't get it back. That was the reason for the order, but I have to say that this company has badly let me down.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't afford pizza and there's some cans in the cupboard 11 Oct. 2002
By cathony - Published on
My first (and favorite) mother-in-law gave this to me as a wedding present, twenty years ago. At the time I fancied myself quite the gourmet cook, and was mildly insulted. Finally, out of boredom one day, I read it cover to cover. I fell in love with it. There are several laugh-out-loud phrases in it, and Hilary Knight's illustrations are gems. Then, as I started working longer hours and no longer wanted to do something en croute for my husband for dinner, I turned to the recipes. They are simple, good and fast, and most of them can be crammed down a child's throat without too much fuss. They were written in the days before we knew about cholesterol, but hey, not everything's perfect. Are you tired of presenting Tuna Helper to your family? This will give the effect of a much more home-cooked meal. Good everyday family meals, relatively nutritious.
You should also read Peg Bracken's other books. They're terrific, too.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to read AND good recipes to boot! 1 Oct. 2002
By Catherine S. Vodrey - Published on
Peg Bracken's "I Hate to Cook Book" sure has an awful lot of good, simple recipes for a book that purports not to be about cooking. It's fun, fun, fun to read and the recipes truly are simple and good.
The best thing about the book is Bracken's inimitably breezy voice. When she tells you to stir "Company Carrots" until they're well-coated, she writes, " . . . stirring so that all the strips get well acquainted with the sauce." When introducing a recipe for "Rosy Radish Salad," she prefaces the instructions with, "This next one uses up radishes and some of your canned beans." No doubt she's always eager to get beyond dinner because she wants to get out of the kitchen and be seated with her guests, enjoying the conversation! She's a hoot to read, and the recipes work. I love the recipe names: Lamb Shanks Tra-La, Elevator Lady Spice Cookies, Sour Cream Cinch No. 1 and No. 2, Philosopher's Chowder, Breakthrough Salad, Immediate Fudge Cake, Dazzleberry Tart (which begins, "If the dazzleberries aren't ripe yet, use canned cherry pie filling"), and more. Even the chapter names are funny (No. 22 is entitled "Stealing from Knowledgeable People"). Get this book if you enjoy cooking or hate cooking--it doesn't matter--but definitely get it if you like a good laugh and good, plain, simple recipes.
55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peg Bracken is so underrated! 30 Nov. 2003
By Anne T. Soffee - Published on
I am rapidly completing my Peg Bracken library. If you're my age (I'm in my 30s) or younger, you have probably never read -- and likely have never heard of -- Peg Bracken. She's pretty much lost to our generation. I'd heard of her but never read her stuff until I inherited the "I Hate to Cook Book" and "I Hate to Housekeep" from my grandmother (who probably didn't care for either of them).

If you like humor writing and things retro, you should at least read those two. Peg harkens back to the days when you were supposed to have a martini and slippers waiting for your husband and meet him at the door in your negligee, but she was so not into it. I hear she got divorced shortly after the first book came out, and that her husband hated her writing. Loser! Peg is also a reminder of the days when girls got their MRS degree before becoming domestic engineers...her ability with a phrase is testament to a keen knowledge of things other than casseroles and dustcloths.

You can't find a lot of info on Peg online. I hear she is still kicking, though. I like the fact that, in her author photos, she's sitting at her desk with a ciggie a la Fran Leibowitz. She was the original Cynthia Heimel. She was way ahead of her time.

(Edited to add that Peg Bracken has passed away since I wrote this review. She is missed.)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous--and not for the recipes! 16 Jun. 2011
By chilirlw - Published on
I picked this book up on a whim at at chuch rummage sale, and I am so glad I did. The recipes may be somewhat dated, though familiar to anyone who grew up in the 50's and 60's when cream of mushroom soup was in EVERYTHING, but some of them are still useable.

However, the recipes are NOT the reason you must read this book. Or rather, COOKING the recipes is not the reason to read it. You must read this book for the joy of spending a few hours with a woman who would be anyone's ideal of the witty best friend. Peg Bracken takes us back to a time when married women were housewives first and foremost, no matter what else they might happen to have going on upstairs, and if you were the housewife, you were the cook. Period. As she says:

"We don't get our creative kicks from adding an egg, we get them from painting pictures or bathrooms, or potting geraniums or babies, or writing stories or ammendments, or, possibly, engaging in some interesting type of psycho-neuro-chemical research like seeing if, perhaps, we can replace colloids with sulphates. And we simply love ready-mixes."

In fact, this little cookbook functions as a sort of subversive feminist broadside, but with a wicked sense of humor. From the recipe for Skid Road Stroganoff: "Add the flour, salt, paprika, and mushrooms, stir, and let it cook five minutes while you light a cigarette and stare sullenly at the sink." Another recipe is called "Something Else To Do With New Potatoes Besides Boiling Them And Rolling Them In Melted Butter and Parsley" The book is a joy from start to finish. I'm going to start looking for copies to give to my friends.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cookbook for cooks and non-cooks alike 14 Dec. 2011
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This cook book was written before the days of the microwave oven, fast food, and many other modern grocery store convenience foods we find today when we go to the market. Cooks back then had to learn kitchen shortcuts that used a minimum of prepared foods.

The recipes have stood the test of time, and in fact, I used many of these recipes when I was of full-time working woman. Time was short in those days and I had to feed my family, sometimes quickly, as I often had to attend night meetings. So between heading home from work, and heading back to work, my time to cook was short. This cookbook has many recipes that could be quickly prepared and served while using mostly basic kitchen staples.

This cookbook is good for cooks and non-cooks alike as the recipes are easy to prepare, and easy to understand, if you don't know how to cook.

Finally, this cookbook is also fun to read as Peg Bracken's witty writing will keep you laughing.

Highly recommend.

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