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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490350101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490350103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,858,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Kalin on September 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
I put this on my Wish List, and was going to purchase it myself for my birthday, if no one else did, but luckily they did. I read it in a couple of days; it was that interesting. I did not find it to be "unintentionally hilarious" though. The 1917 publication date made it extremely attractive to me as both of my parents were infants then. It gave me an insight into the cooking of the times, although I doubt either grandmother cooked this way since they had large farm/ranch families so probably never had a copy of Bettina, even her how to please a family.

It was telling to note how much smaller the recipes were back then, and not just for economy. Most recipes make 2-3 servings, sometimes 4, although there are "party" recipes with 12 or 20 servings, sometimes even 30-for a wedding, but the amounts that make up 30 1-T servings are surprisingly modest, and something any of us could accomplish with the kitchen utensils we have.

Ingredients are used much more sparingly than today. For instance, Macaroni and Cheese (3 portions), calls for 1/2 cup of macaroni-broken in pieces, cooked in 1-qt of water salted with 1-tsp. salt. After you drain and rinse it, you make the sauce with with 2T butter; 4 T cheese-"cut in small pieces"; 1-1/2 c milk; 1/2 t salt; 1/4 t paprika and 3 T flour. After you add the drained and rinsed macaroni to the sauce, you put everything in a well-buttered baking dish and bake it in a moderate oven for 20 minutes. There is no "Pasta" section in the index, as macaroni and cheese is the only "pasta"-no spaghetti, no lasagna, no tuna casserole. You have to look under "Vegetables" to find the page for Macaroni and Cheese. There are no ethnic foods-so don't expect enchiladas, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Howe on December 14, 2012
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For me, this was a trot down memory lane, since I loved my mother's original copy. The cover put me off, thugh.Although I don't go back quite to 1917, much of this was evocative of The Olden Days. My mother's copy was well-used and a perfect way to start cooking for a household of 2, with occasional parties and entertainments. The book is also a portrait of social (not society) life in the early 20th century, combined with the then-conventional view of women. My mother's copy is long gone and this is for one of my daughters.
"Remember, all measurements are level" was, for some cooks, a novel idea in those days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Blake on January 5, 2014
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This book is a trip back into time when the success of a marriage rested on the skills of the little woman. Follow Bettina and her friends as they navigate the world of newlyweds with limited household budgets and unlimited imaginations. See the food trends of 1917-cream sauces rule! Thousand Island dressing was rad! Pimentos fix everything! And marshmallows were your best friend!

The book is too cute for words-most of the recipes are simple and made for couples. Household tips for stain removal, quick dinners, and friendship dilemmas solved before the next chapter.
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