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Comment: This plastic comb-bound cookbook is in great condition, but shows some age and use. Pages are clean except for a few small cooking stains. Pages are age-tanned. Cover is clean but has edgewear and a couple small water spots. Overall, this is a nice copy that shows a little sign of being in the kitchen but is still in pretty nice shape.
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Country commune cooking Plastic Comb – 1972

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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698104560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698104563
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, who worked as a maid back in the later 60s or early 70s to save enough money to travel around the country visiting communes, and collecting recipes. According to her, food there was wonderful -- and the recipes I've tried have been both unique and delectable. Off the top of my head, I particularly recommend the kremsils -- sort of a pancake made with cottage cheese and matzoh meal, traditional during Passover, but delicious enough to serve year round (including by those of us who are not Jewish). This book is wonderful for both its recipes and its stories/information.
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Eating, not sex, was the activity at the center of communal life, claims author Lucy Horton. Communes and their fare, back in the sixties and seventies, differed vastly from commune to commune, but all those cooking for their own group, set themselves to making something special, delicious, and healthful, from very few ingredients. This necessity of making much from little is not what had originally attracted me to Horton's book, back when it first came out, all those years ago, but when I ultimately moved out on my own, and often had much more appetite than either ingredients or money to buy them, it was this frugal creativity that kept this book open on my landlady's old table.

With storage containers full of whole wheat flour, brown rice, jars of un homogenized honey, and bags of sesame seeds (a great find in a Chinese deli), Horton's cookbook kept me and those who passed through my door fat and happy, so to speak, with dinners of peanut rice, humus, honey whole wheat bread, and halvah.. Brew up and then ice some Red Zinger tea, and you will have a basic but satisfyingly nostalgic lunch or dinner...just add some tunes from the time, and you are all set. This is a highly enjoyable cookbook, whether you buy it for the recipes, or just to enjoy the people and places Horton shares with her readers. The hardcover has a groovy little kitty stamped in silver on the black book cover, a nice, tactile touch .A great gift for anyone enjoying natural foods and looking back to a very different time. Horton's book still proves basic does not have to be bland.
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I ran across this book in a markdown bin in the 1970s and bought them for all my friends. It's a wonderful travelogue via hitch-hiking to over 40 communes from Oregon to New Mexico to Connecticut, and many places in-between.

Lucy wasn't just collecting recipes, she was sharing that audacious experiment in alternative life styles, from the famous (and infamous) to the obscure. Along the way, she collects a fascinating assortment of recipes. (One of the eBay listings has photos of the contents pages).

It's worth it for the story of the 2nd Annual Pie-Baking Contest near Taos that prevailed over 2 broken down cars and torrential rains. (She checked with I-Ching for whether she should change her plans to stay for it from going to a Colorado Peyote Equinox celebration...)

I've read my copy many times, just to savor the enthusiasm of the times...
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okay, I will admit, I'm totally from the generation that this book was written about and for - and that's why I bought the book. A trip down memory lane.

Its also full of good ideas, as well as stories. Being a what's in the frig and pantry cook, as well as prefering meatless meals, lots of good stuff in here.

And yes, I've now reached the "good old days" stage of life - and these were the good old days . . .
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I loved the book. I'm an old friend of Lucy's from the AWC. I wish she'd get in touch. The AWC has moved to Bethlehem and I'm there early Saturday mornings. John Dunkle
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