Saturday, July 17, 2010

The I Hate To Cook Book Review & Giveaway...

I don't technically hate to cook.  Technically.  I want to be a good cook but I just find myself getting busy with the kids and forgetting that cooking generally takes time and effort.  Ugh.  So, technically, I don't hate to cook but I am short on time and effort which is why I was super excited to read and review The I Hate to Cook Book.

The I Hate To Cook Book was actually written and released back in 1960 by Peg Bracken.  The copy I received is the 50th Anniversary Edition of this American Classic.  Here is a bit of the forward by Peg's daughter, Jo Bracken...


The I Hate to Cook Book was born from a group of professional women who would have been much happier sipping martinis with their husbands than spending the cocktail hour in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove.....The reason The I Hate to Cook Book is still as timely as it is now as it was in 1960 is because, simply put, it will make you smile, it will make you laugh, and you can do that while whipping up a meal that your family will enjoy an still find time to run a few miles or enjoy that glass of wine while you watch the sun set. 

Sign me up!  Who doesn't want more time to do the things we love but still be able to nourish our families?  I couldn't wait to start reading. 

First of all, this book is a riot. There are funny little gems peppered throughout like "your husband won't take you out for enchilada's if he knows he can get a good enchilada at home" or (about those who like cook) "invite us over and often but stay away from our husbands".  I found myself cracking up before I even got to the recipes!  Now for the recipes....in 1960 people were not thinking about cholesterol or heart disease or the obesity epidemic so lots of these recipes are heavy on the "heavy".  To me this pretty much means delicious but you can, if you wish, replace some of the higher fat items with their lower fat counterparts. 

The books are broken up into sections like "30 Day-by-Day Entrees or The Rock Pile", "Potluck Suppers or How to Bring the Water for the Lemonade" and "Last-Minute Suppers or This is the Story of Your Life".  See what I mean about funny??  Nice to see that some things are still just as humorous 50 years later! 

I found a bunch of recipes I want to try out in this book and they all look quick and easy not to mention tasty!  Some on the top of my list?  Dr. Martin's Mix (a sausage dish over rice invented by a busy doctor), Pedro's Special (a steak dish with tomato, beans and corn chips) and Cockeyed Cake (a homemade chocolate cake you can whip up in 5.5 minutes!).  These are only the beginning of what I want to try from the 200 recipes in this timeless cookbook.  There is also a section on household hints that will make you laugh and reminisce (put a towel under a typewriter as you pound on the keys to make it less noisy!) or things that are still good to know (apply a sliced onion to a bee sting to stop pain and swelling).

My take on The I Hate to Cook Book?  Love it!  I had some great laughs and I have some new, quick and easy recipes to try out on the family.  Thanks Peg Bracken for recipes and humor that are still as helpful and witty as they were 50 years ago!

You can pre-order this book from Amazon here.  The release date is July 26th.  Now for some exciting news...2 Reviewed By Mom readers will receive a copy of The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken.  You will laugh out loud, I promise!  Here is how to enter...

Mandatory Entry:   Leave a comment and tell me what you hate (or love but if you do this you will have to invite me over!) about cooking. 

For Extra Entries:

1.  Follow this blog= 1 entry
2.  Like Reviewed By Mom on Facebook =1 entry
3.  Like I Hate to Cook Book on Facebook = 1 entry
4.  Enter one of my other giveaways & let me know you have done so = 1 entry
5.  Follow Reviewed By Mom on Twitter = 1 entry
6.  Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it = 1 entry

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only and will end on July 24th.     The lucky winners will be announced by e-mail on July 25th and also here on Reviewed By Mom.  Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with a copy of The I Hate to Cook Book to review.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

153 comments:

Kim said...

I hate the endless CLEANUP factor!!

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Iris said...

I'm actually one of those people who loves cooking. I like to make the food, and even better, eating it if it comes out right! My favorite thing to make is molten chocolate cake!

The only thing that frequently drives me away from cooking...? Cleanup. I HATE cleanup.

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suburban prep said...

I hate that when I try a recipe for cooking it usually doesn't work out. Baking I haven't had a real big problem.
I have tried to cook wonderful meals and well we end up having grilled cheese or ordering out.

FLCeltsFan said...

I love cooking! I have a big family and we sit down at the table every night and eat together. I love trying new recipes and my 14 year old daughter is now catching my love for cooking which is great.

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Ann said...

I hate deciding what to cook...and coming up with new ideas!
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Lisa said...

I love to cook, but I hate doing the dishes afterward.

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i LOVE to cook but I HATE to bake!
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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

Well, I LOVE trying to recreate my Grandmother's "secret" recipes. And I hate that I just can't. :( She died when I was only 10 and my Mom tried learning from her but she just couldn't. Really, I think my Grandma was just magical in the kitchen and no one can recreate her magic! :) But serious, after eating her food other food just seemed subpar, especially the stuff I cook!

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Linda Kish said...

I hate it when I finally decide to cook book my son and his wife are not overly thrilled with what I make. I don't use enough spices to suit them.

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Inez said...

I hate everything about cooking, from deciding what to have to grocery shopping, to chopping my fingers up instead of spending time with my family!

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lisanne said...

I love to BBQ, but I hate to clean the grill.

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Coupon Teacher said...

I hate the cleaning up! Hands down.

Lynn said...

I love cooking but hate the dishes that have to be washed afterwards!!

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Ashley said...

I hate that I ruin a lot of dishes because I'm a perfectionist and that seriously gets in the way A LOT. It takes me a while with one recipe before I get it right!
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Elaine said...

What I've come to hate about cooking is peeling butternut squash, peeling potatoes and having to clean up!

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Rachel said...

I hate turning on the oven during the summer. It's already hot in Texas, it doesn't need any help from me.

bethany said...

I LOVE to cook, but I HATE to clean up! In fact, I'm still putting it off right now! Eeks! Great review, the cookbook looks fun! Thanks!

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Amanda said...

I hate that I do not have a dishwasher! So the dishes suck. But I LOVE to cook so much!

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I hate making the same thing over and over again!

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Shannon said...

I hate all the planning that goes into cooking! The deciding, the shopping, the prepping...ugh!

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lisad33611 said...

The thing I hate most about cooking is cleaning up! (I hate cooking too, but hate the dishes more!)
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Terri said...

I hate cooking period!!! It's so nice when I can convince the DH to bbq and all I have to do is serve some store bought salads to go with it.

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Louis said...

I dislike that some dishes have a very long preparation time

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Anonymous said...

I dont mind the actual cooking part its the prep and cleanup part! I am SO messy and have so much to clean up afterwards!

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One Frugal Girl said...

I actually love to cook, but I'd love to win this for a friend who is not such a fan.

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I don't like cooking because it's messy and time consuming

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cpullum said...

I hate cooking on my stove. I need a new stove it's so old!
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Giant Sis said...

I hate the preparation to get to the final step. I don't take any pleasure in cooking, but since we have to eat, there's not really a choice! ;)

Amber said...

I hate chopping up veggies! I always manage to cut myself.
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I don't like how long it takes to prepare meals sometimes!

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Denise S. said...

I hate that when I work hard to make something nice everybody says they aren't hungry and when I don't bother to cook everybody complains that I'm being lazy. Every time!

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Christy said...

I hate the cleanup that goes along with cooking. I love to eat and I don't mind to cook but the cleanup is horrible. ecghick at yahoo dot com.

Connie said...

I hate to spend hours cooking and then my family breezed thru and is finished eating in minutes... leaving me with the mess!

Lesley said...

I hate trying to come up with new ideas, so I just run through my old standbys and then run through them again.

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Betty C said...

I enjoy the process of cooking but I hate planning a menu, shopping and cleanup.

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I hate timing everything to get done at exactly the same moment.

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wombatspurple said...

I hate boiling water and having to drain it, risking getting burned every time

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i hate coming up with new meals

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ape2016 said...

I hate having to scrub the pots and pans.

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I hate the clean up of cooking

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slb3334 said...

I love to cook but don't get much of a chance.

Penny said...

I hate the mess I make when cooking

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TiffsPixieDust said...

I am not a fan of cooking. I can bake all day and make some delicious desserts but cooking is like a chore sometimes. I have been trying different cookbooks to help and so far, the crock pot and oven methods are my favs....tending to an open pan on the stove is too much work. lol ....Tiffypoot@aol.com

kcatlin said...

taking the time to actually cook! LOL

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I hate the time it takes!
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I hate not having the time it takes to cook really good. garrettsambo@aol.com

Wintu said...

I love to cook, and home-cooked food is always the tastiest to me, but I despise the endless cleaning it takes to maintain my kitchen when I cook three meals a day! Now that I have a toddler, I am all about fast and easy meals. I would love to have this book.

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I hate everything about cooking... the cleaning up after, the endless standing, the food that doesnt taste quite right and all the energy spent that could be spent doing other things!
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