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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st Warner Books Ed edition (May 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446696927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446696920
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision ... This is the art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

About the Author

Since her single days, Jinx Morgan has coauthored several other books, written a monthly column in Bon Appetit magazine, which ran for more than twenty years, and written numerous articles on food, wine and travel. Today she lives in Tortola, British Virgin Islands with her husband where they own the Sugar Mill Hotel.Since her single days, Judy Perry has taught creative writing, pursued her own fiction writing, enjoyed a successful career as commercial and residential designer and traveled extensively. She currently lives with her husband in the Palms Springs area, where she runs her own design firm, Judith Perry Designs.

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Not long after graduation, my college roommate, Judy Perry (then Pascoe) and I ran up a little cookbook called "Saucepans and the Single Girl" which was published by Doubleday in 1965 and, believe it or not, was reissued by Warner Books this year. As Bon Appetit said of the book recently, "It's so retro it's cool again." We hope we are too.
It's been a jam-packed four and a half decades with marriages (two), stepchildren (three) and grandchildren (seven), much joy and only a few bumps along the road. Almost thirty-five years ago I married journalist and author Jeff Morgan and for more than two decades we've been living on a wacky, wonderful and heart-stoppingly beautiful Caribbean island where we own a small hotel called the Sugar Mill. For two rookies, learning the hotel business was a real challenge, but we've rarely regretted our decision to move to the British Virgin Islands ' usually in hurricane season.
Jeff and I also have been lucky enough to explore the world writing about food, wine and travel for a number of magazines. In what we laughingly call our spare time, we've written a number of books, including "The Sugar Mill Caribbean Cookbook" published by The Harvard Common Press and "Two Cooks in One Kitchen" published by Doubleday. We were contributing editors and columnists for Bon Appetit magazine for over twenty five years. For a spell I was contributing editor on food and wine for American Airlines in-flight magazine. As I recall, the only stipulation they made was that I never write about airline food. Who could blame them?
About fifteen years ago an interest in watercolor painting led me to a third career. Now my paintings hang on the walls of the Sugar Mill Hotel (it's great to have your own gallery) and are shown in several galleries in the British and US Virgin Islands. Four of my paintings were selected to hang on the walls of the Legislative Council of the British Virgin Islands and one is in Government House. This May I will join several other island artists for a show at BVI House in London. Check out my work at www.watercolorsbyjinx.com.

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The recipes are great.
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The original was marvelous and this is even better.
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I adore this nostalgia express to my childhood!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Saucepans & The Single Girl was originally published in 1965. The authors have updated this version with commentary and have modified the text and recipes with footnotes as necessary for present-day clarity.

From 1965 to 2006, this book transcends the generation gap because the age-old problems of the lack of money and storage space are still issues in many lives. If you are dealing with a limited budget and smaller living quarters, you can glean several tidbits of information for dealing with these issues from this 60's book because the basics are still the same even if the terms and references have changed.

Saucepans & the Single Girl contains itemized lists of the bare minimum requirements for the small kitchen. Like what to buy and keep on hand in the way of dry pantry items as well as refrigerated staples. This could be helpful for those who are just starting out or for the retiree who is downsizing to the extreme, say retirement home or motor home living where space is severely restricted.

Also included are: which herbs are best bought and used fresh or dried, basic utensils and pans you will need to prepare the recipes, and simple hints for entertaining for the less-than-Julia Childs types.

There is a glossary of wines on pages 16-28. Over a third of the recipes require some kind of alcohol. (They did not list substitutions for the non-drinker.)

The recipes range from the simple Hors D'oeuvres of Idiot's Cheese Delights, page 169, to traditional Yankee Pot Roast with noodles, pages 136-137. WARNING: pay close attention to the tiny question marks, clocks, light bulbs and spoons next to the text, which indicate a notation at the bottom of the page. It could mean there is an important amendment to that recipe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By madwoman on January 29, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Way way back in high school, I worked in a bookstore, and when the time came to go to college, this was the cookbook I chose to take to school with me. What a hoot to know that this fun, funny book has been updated and rereleased! And a lot of the recipes, though hardly gourmet, are still easy enough for a beginning cook to handle. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LittleRedHen on February 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I recieved this cookbook as a Christmas present when I was a junior in high school, in the "innocent" days of 1965. The first thing I wanted to make was the Beef Stroganoff recipe from the section, "The Man in the Gray Flannel Liederhosen". My father, brave soul, brought me all the ingredients that it called for and even chased my mother out of the kitchen before she could enter hover mode. It came out fantastic. It has been the fall-back recipe for the rest of my life. Truly a great introduction to cooking on one's own as well as very entertaining reading for those who are curious just what ordinary living was like in the 60's. I even used the ironing board buffet table idea when I lived in a small studio apartment over a furniture store while in college, it worked great! I'm so glad this classic has been re-released. I made the mistake of loaning it out and (surprise!) never got it back, so now I can finally get my old friend back in my cookbook collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Quilter on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My original copy, purchased in 1965, is held together by rubber bands because the cover and most pages have fallen away. It is my favorite most used cookbook, with stained pages marking the best choices. "Beer hall pie" is an often requested recipe.The lasagna, chile and quiche recipes remain my basics. Marinated mushrooms, "idiot's cheese delights" and "boozy bourbon balls" have made cameo appearances at every Christmas gathering since that original purchase. OK, it is going to receive a few sniffs from today's "top chef" foodies, and many of the recipes qualify as "comfort food"........but I won't maintain a kitchen without it!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Y. Addison on January 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Contains many wonderful recipes that have stood the test of time--almost 40 years! In 1967 it was also very funny, but because women's lives have changed so much, this humor may not be appreciated today. Favorite recipes include Swedish Cream(still make 3-5 times each summer), Obese Tomatoes, Opulent Chicken, and Gnocchi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Pereira on June 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Love the book! The original was marvelous and this is even better. Can't wait to give it to my daughters to let them enjoy it too. There are many easy and fun recipes mixed with very clever writing.
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