The I Hate To Cook Book (Updated and Revised) 2 Winners


“There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who don’t cook out of and have NEVER cooked out of THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK, and the other kind…The I HATE TO COOK people consist mainly of those who find other things more interesting and less fattening, and so they do it as seldom as possible. Today there is an Annual Culinary Olympics, with hundreds of cooks from many countries ardently competing. But we who hate to cook have had our own Olympics for years, seeing who can get out of the kitchen the fastest and stay out the longest.”
- Peg Bracken

Philosopher’s Chowder. Skinny Meatloaf. Fat Man’s Shrimp. Immediate Fudge Cake. These are just a few of the beloved recipes from Peg Bracken’s classic I HATE TO COOK BOOK. Written in a time when women were expected to have full, delicious meals on the table for their families every night, Peg Bracken offered women who didn’t revel in this obligation an alternative: quick, simple meals that took minimal effort but would still satisfy.
50 years later, times have certainly changed – but the appeal of THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK hasn’t.

This book is for everyone, men and women alike, who wants to get from cooking hour to cocktail hour in as little time as possible.

What I Can Tell You:
The book will hit store shelves on July 26th and is available for pre-order here.

Everyone needs this book! I loved reading the 50th Anniversary Edition of an American Classic.

While usually, I prefer cookbooks with pictures (I am more of a sight learner), the recipes in here are easy, quick and totally idiot proof. I wouldn't necessarily call myself someone who "hates to cook" but...
since my counter space is only 20" X  23", and the nearest table is in the dining room, the desire to really "create" just isn't there.

The book is chock full of easy peasy recipes and should be sent along with every single college student or in a care package to anyone who is moving into their first apartment.

Why? Well, my dear friends check these easy recipes out.

Sweep Steak
2-3 pounds of round steak or pot roast
1 ounce packet of onion-soup mix

Put the meat on a sheet of aluminum foil big enough to wrap around it
Sprinkle the soup mix on top, fold the foil, air tight, put it in a baking pan and bake at 300 for 3 hours.
Open it an hour before it's done and surround with potatoes and carrots.

Seriously, a meal that would make your guests think you slaved in the kitchen and know what you are doing.

The book has everything from drinks, appetizers, desserts, main courses, side dishes, last minute meals, left overs "when in doubt, throw it out", pot luck dinners, super easy dips and more.

I am excited to try a few like Idiot Onions:
Combine a can of drained small onions with a can of cream sauce, put in a flat pan, sprinkle heavily with Parmesan cheese and bake for twenty five minutes at 325.

That is literally the recipe in the book! Love it!

There is a recipe for Hootenhollwer Whiskey Cake that I need to check out too.

Another great feature of the book are all the household hints (college dorm peeps seriously need this section).

Buttons stay on shirts longer if you coat the center with colorless nail polish (Maria Thinks - less shirts coming home for the holiday to have buttons sewed back on)

When you burn yourself in the kitchen use vanilla to aid the pain (apply it; don't drink it).

Some hints are dated and really fun to read like: If you are using a typewriter and someone is trying to sleep, put a towel under it. Also, keep toilet soap in your linen closet to make your bed linens smell good (was this before fabric softener?)

The book was fun to read, I have never actually sat down and read a "cook book" from cover to cover. This was so fun, I highly recommend it.

Check out Jo Bracken's website. I love that she has re-released her mom's best selling book otherwise I would have never heard of The I Hate To Cook Book.

You can also check out the I Hate To Cook Book on Facebook.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group/Grand Central Publishing I have (2) two copies of The I Hate To Cook Book to giveaway.

To Win:  Let me know why you want to win this book by Midnight, July 24, 2010

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Braken from Hachette Book Group.

1 comments:

Clary said...

This book is definitely for me. I hardly cook and is nice to see simple recipes.

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