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Square Meals : America's Favorite Comfort Cookbook Paperback – December 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lebhar-Friedman; Revised edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867308206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867308204
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a first edition of Square Meals and it is falling apart from use!I'm so glad its back in print so I can get another copy. This cookbook has it all,cultural antropology, humor, excellent old fashioned recipes, and revolting recipes of the past that have providentially disappeared from todays cookbooks. One disgusting example is Banana Sardine Boats. Funny as the awful recipes are, they can't compete with the truely delicious ones like Pepsi Cola Cake,White Bread for Toasting( its the best white bread recipe i've ever used and the book includes a breadmaking diagram from the 30's to assist you ), Hawaiian Chicken and Pineapple Curry from the Ladies Lunch section( its exotic comfort food that both spice jaded palates and curry neophytes can enjoy together) and a 1905 recipe for Baked Spagetti (don't worry, it does't have any scary garlic or oregano in it!!). The Sterns reprint exerpts from old home ec pamphlets and cookbooks giving you a glimpse of your grandmothers past. if you read cookbooks like novels,read this one and you won't be dissapointed.
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The stories that lead to the recipes in this cookbook are what you'll want to read in bed, on the subway, etc. The recipes are what will make you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about rice pudding. I bought the original hardback edition 15 years ago and have actually purchased several more through used-book firms for gifts. It's truly the perfect wedding/engagement/housewarming gift for any baby-boomer -- where else can you find a whole chapter of high-school-cafeteria recipes? Granted, you may not want to actually make or eat the mac-and-cheese recipe, but the prose and recipe will make you feel like a teenager again! I own a couple hundred cookbooks and this is the one I keep by my bedside.
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We had a hawaiian cowboy party, yes, a Don Ho Down. People came dressed a little hawaiian, a little cowboy. The biggest hit food wise was...well...you take a cabbage, hollow out the top, get a can of sterno,light it, take some skewers, poke them in the cabbage, put small sausages on the skewers...then you take out the skewers and heat them on the sterno....Those hawaiian cowboys had just been indoctrinated into the wonderful world of The Sterns, and Square Meals. I have always called Square meals the way real people eat, or ate in the forties, fifties, sixties but it aint just a cookbook(by the way, the mac and cheese is great)...but a fabulous introduction to two of the nations greatest pop sociologists, Jane and Michael Stern. Jane and Michael have explored Elvis, gone around the country eating in diners and dives, written an encyclopedia of Bad Taste, These people are in love with America in the muted, nostalgic tones that America comes off the best in. Square meals puts you in touch with a gentler, kinder time, where the people were nice and the food was fattening. I cannot recommend this cookbook and the work of the sterns enough
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Only Jane and Michael Stern could have written this hilarious historic cookbook. They combed archives and libraries and found quintessential recipies reflecting American domestic cooking, dating from approximately the 1930's to the early 1970's.
Where else could you find a book that includes a recipie for Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast for 100 (from the World War II chapter,) horrifying things to do with bananas (from the nursery foods chapter), and the hilarious high point--the Luau in Your Living Room circa 1957. I won't ruin this for you other than to inform you that it involves cabbage, vienna sausages, toothpicks and a can of sterno.
I've made a few recipies from the book and they've all turned out great. So, not only is it a hoot, you can find recipies for real down home American cooking.
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We love the recipes in SQUARE MEALS. We cooked the Victory Garden Supper Home Front Vegetable Plate, but we changed the ingredients to the ones we preferred. Of course as editors of The Collard Patch we included collard greens.

This cookbook contains some practical ideas for dishes to cook on a budget. Just as the people in our great nation learned how to cook great meals without spending very much, our people today can meet the challenges that face us because of shrinking grocery budgets. Here is a book to help survive the economic slowdown.

SQUARE MEALS with the great tastes of yesterday has many retroactive dishes that we enjoyed in our childhood and in our early adult years, when we wanted to eat well while living within small budgets. I confess that we tend to eat spicier foods these days and that it may be necessary to give some of the old standards some pep.

The Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe is something I've been looking for, and I found it here. Also there are some good old-fashioned tuna casseroles. I remember enjoying Cherry Coke Salad as a teenager, and the recipe is here. I can't wait to try Lemonade Fried Chicken.

I highly recommend this book. It has good stuff in it. Also the text with the recipes fascinates us. This book is one of those interesting cookbook readers.

We have the 1985 edition, which is listed as unavailable; it is, however, available at Amazon Marketplace. There are newer editions.
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