The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken
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"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.
 

About Peg Bracken

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Published July 8, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 199 pages
Genres: Self Help, Education & Reference, Cooking, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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If you can bring yourself to admit it, and if you are not a purist, or a masochist, this collection of recipes to ""swear by instead of at""- cheap, easy, quick, classic, and of ""misty"" origins, is for you.

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You all remember Peg Bracken, she of the jollified approach to pot banging and the dreary day-to-day of cooking?

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Long Before Food Network personalities Rachael Ray and Sandra Lee showed us how to turn out worthy meals in record time, there was Peg Bracken, an over-stressed working mother who unapologetically wrote The I Hate to Cook Book in 1960.

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The Saturday Evening Post

I order something, and “Bob” — not the hardest of names to write — comes out “Qx#b.” Hopefully they’ll write the phrase on all the cups before they open the doors in the morning.

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Because even for all of her kitchen bitching, Bracken reminds us that cooking -- whether you're making elaborate 5-course meals or one-pot wonders -- can actually be a hell of a good time.

Aug 06 2010 | Read Full Review of The I Hate to Cook Book: 50th...

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