Marking the Days

June 21, 2010 at 10:52 am 11 comments

Like many, I’m eagerly awaiting the re-release of my mother’s famous work, the I Hate to Cook Book, due on shelves July 26th and available for pre-order now on 

I imagine there are a good number of women out there—still inspiring—who were young housewives when the original came out in 1960.  As millions like them, they surely used it to make the nightly meals their families (and society) expected to come sailing from the kitchen as if by magic, accompanied by a broad smile and triumphant “voila!”  

And I know there are thousands more who remember digging in, as I did, to such memorable belly timber as Chicken Rice Roger, Skid Row Stroganoff and Cancan Casserole.  This in a time before carbs were bad, and the question of butter was not “if,” rather one stick or two.

But is this new volume a resurgent how-to on what’s for dinner?  Maybe.  The original recipes are largely intact; although some have been modified to reflect today’s sensibilities and available ingredients.   (Otherwise, those expecting to find cream of shrimp soup for Hurry Curry might still be looking.)  And whether for lunch, dinner, dessert or just nibbles, they’re all still easy to make and sure to please.

In answering it helps to know that, while supremely confident in the kitchen, Mom considered herself a writer and humorist first, a cook second.  That’s why I would say the real reason to own a new I Hate to Cook Book isn’t so much to dazzle diners with haute cuisine, but have a source for something just as sustaining:  tasty tidbits of laughter at the end of a long hard day.


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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. BrendaLea  |  June 25, 2010 at 4:15 am

    I can’t wait to read it…sounds like it will really be entertaining!

  • 2. Busy Buzzer  |  June 25, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I will be honest, I somehow have never heard of this book, but I am so eager for it’s release! I cook because I have to, but I would love to be able to make dishes my family would actually enjoy!

    Buzzing the Day Away

  • 3. Jammie  |  July 8, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I just received this in the mail for review. I am in love. I am not one that actually hates to cook, however when you do not have much to cook with this cook book works wonders. I have found many recipes in this cook book that I myself have already made for my family. I am excited to try out some of the other recipes in this book.

    • 4. johannabracken  |  July 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      That’s great news! Frankly, I’m amazed at how many people are still finding the recipes themselves so appealing. I half-expected folks to buy the book for its nostalgic or literary value.
      Good cooking to you!

  • 5. Kristin Jordan  |  July 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Loved your Mom’ book….just fabulous. I am just writing up a review about it now but wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it as well as your foreward.

    • 6. johannabracken  |  July 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

      That’s wonderful, Kristin! Thanks for writing.

  • 7. Jenny @ Freebie Spot  |  July 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I absolutely LOVED this cookbook. Your mother seems like she was one amazing (and hilarious!) woman. I’m giving away two copies of The I Hate to Cook Book on my blog!

  • 8. johannabracken  |  July 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for writing, Sara. Simply follow the links to the various third-party sites offering it. Best of luck.

  • 9. Pam S  |  July 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    really want a copy of this for myself and my mother – sounds like a great one :)!

  • 10. Tammy  |  July 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I have a review going up on the cookbook tomorrow…I love this book!

    • 11. johannabracken  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Tammy. Love your blog.


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