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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 50 Anv edition (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446545929
  • ASIN: B005SMVDQ0
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, this cookbook is also fun to read as Peg Bracken's witty writing will keep you laughing.
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Not only is it a great and fun read, it has very good and practical tips, and the recipes are incredible, easy to follow and come out great every time!!.
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The recipes contain common ingredients that most will have in their kitchen and if not, they are easy to go to the local grocery and buy.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By cathony on October 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on September 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Anne T. Soffee on November 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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.)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By chilirlw on June 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.
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Peg Bracken spent her life writing when she could, cooking when she had to, and seeing the world as only she could see it. In her passing, she leaves behind nine books, a multitude of articles, columns, pieces of light verse, and a family whom she loved... and who loved her.

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