Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review and giveaway (closed): The I Hate to Cook Book (50th anniversary edition!)

Congrats to my winners: Jes and Jill

Before I got married and had kids, I survived primarily on frozen dinners and meals that required an absolute minimum of preparation. Not the healthiest lifestyle, but one that worked for me.  Then I woke up one day (or so it seemed) and had a houseful of people reliant on me for their meals.  The problem here is that I really dislike cooking, so dinnertime is always the most stressful part of my day.

So I knew that I just had to take the opportunity to review the newly updated 50th Anniversary Edition of The I Hate to Cook Book, by Peg Bracken.  This is my kind of cookbook, for sure!



This cook book is great- the author is funny and provides recipes that are simple to make and that will result in a well-fed, happy family. As the author's daughter points out in the foreword, many of the recipes are definitely from the days before worries about clogged arteries and cholesterol, but substitutions can easily be made to make most of the recipes more figure-friendly.

The book goes beyond just simple recipes though and will actually provide you with some good laughs to diffuse your "what-to-make-for-dinner" tension. Many of the comments made by the author are hidden inside the recipe, so will make you laugh at their unexpected appearance. Daniel kept looking at me oddly when I would laugh and saying "I thought you were reading a cookbook?"

I appreciate how the book is neatly arranged to make it easy to find the exact recipe or situation that is relevant to me. Chapter headings are also giggle-inducing, ranging from "Company's Coming... or your back's to the wall", "Desserts...or people are too fat anyway", to my favorite "Potluck Suppers...or how to bring the water for the lemonade". Love it!  Whatever the chapter, you'll love the ideas inside. I have so many recipes marked with post-it notes, and I know this book is going to be providing me great ideas for a long time to come.
Good news! Two of you will each win a copy of this book! Open to US/Canadian mailing addresses.

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Let me know how you survive dinnertime!

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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on August 3, 2010.  I'll choose winners with random.org and will email the winners who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: Thanks to Hachette Book Group and the Product Review Place, I received a copy of this book to review for myself and the opportunity to give away two copies to my readers. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

79 comments:

Marjorie said...

I survive dinnertime by being very organized and planning menus ahead of time.

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Jessica said...

I don't survive dinner time. I just went back to work full time and I am totally under water when it comes to planning dinner.

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Sarah Osborne said...

Well, I am ashamed to say we often have frozen meals...or soup...or subway. Haha. I hate to cook so this would be perfect!!

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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

Right now I survive dinner because we have a cook! But I also work at a summer camp and that'll end in August. :( I don't know how we'll survive after that!

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Jill said...

I used to be so organized and planned each meal on Sunday and prepped for it. Since the baby was born I'm so lost. Dinnertime seems to loom over me all day and then by the time 6 o'clock rolls around I'm scrambling to throw something together. We have been eating out way too much!

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Kathleen said...

I have a bunch of OAMC books and put lots of food away in the freezer!
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The Sunshyn said...

We eat a lot of microwavable food, sandwiches and cereal

TracePoo said...

i survive dinnertime by freezing my meats ahead of time, and thawing out what i need.

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polly said...

not surviving...need new ideas! thanks goodness hubby likes to cook!
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The Elwells' Weekly said...

I survive dinnertime anyway I can! Crockpot, frozen pizza, one pot dinner, sandwiches! Whatever! :)
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Jenny Stamos said...

I repeat the same meals over and over!

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Katy said...

I survive by cooking easy, quick meals.

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jakiesmom said...

since i hate to cook..i stick to the few meals at least everyone will eat, rather than having to make more than 1 meal to satisfy tastes
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janetfaye said...

I survive dinner time because I plan our family meals two weeks ahead of time.

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Amber said...

I survive dinner time by always cooking extra so we have a lot of leftovers throughout the week.

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Jes said...

Survive dinnertime with humor and patience!

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