Monday, July 19, 2010

Book Review-The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken

Title: The I Hate to Cook Book: Updated and Revised
Author: Peg Bracken with a new foreword by Jo Bracken
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing-Division of Hachette
Publishing Date: Original-1960, 50th Anniversary Edition-2010
ISBN: 978-0-446-54592-1
Pages: 195
Genre: Cooking
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher to post my honest opinion on the book.

Fifty years ago, Peg Bracken wrote The I Hate to Cook Book-and helped change women's lives forever. At that time her message was a revolutionary one for housewives: You don't need to spend all day in the kitchen to host parties or feed your family. Cooking can be easy and, more important, its okay if you'd rather be doing something else!

Now this updated and revised edition introduces Peg's delicious recipes-along with her wry sense of humor-to a whole new generation of women. While we're no longer expected to slave away in the kitchen, more than ever, women (and men) still need meals that taste like great home cooking and cen be prepared with minimal effort. Peg's mouthwatering recipes are quick and easy-and many dishes, like her "Stayabed Stew," can be popped into the oven and ignored for an hour or so while you take a nap. Best of all, they all come salted with Peg's side-splitting and timeless humor.

Updated for today's pantries and with a touching foreword from Peg's daughter Jo, The I Hate to Cook Book is sure to fill your kitchen with wonderful smells and even more wonderful laughter-whether you hate to cook or not!

About the Authors:
Peg Bracken spent her life writing shen 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.

Johanna Bracken is a retired entrpreneur who devotes considerable time and resources to various charities, including working with incarcerated men and women, supporting primate sanctuaries, and serving on the board of her local chapter of the American Red Cross. She and her husband live in Long Beach, California, with their growing brood of dogs and cats.

My review:
This is a great book that I think every kitchen needs. Bracken is humorous and talented in the way she wrote and the recipes she devised. 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. The book contains recipes for all occassions and a good variety so that you will not get bored eating the same things over and over. I commute an hour to and from work each day and it seems that when I get home, I spend my time cooking dinner, I eat, and then it is time for bed. I can't wait to try all these recipes to make my day a little easier and so that I will have more time after work for things I enjoy. I would love to get your comments on what you thought about this book and the recipes you have tried from it.
Congrats to Lethea in Alabama and Mickey in Kentucky for winning a copy of this book on my blog.

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