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Friday, August 6, 2010

Review & Giveaway : The I Hate To Cook Book By Peg Bracken, Updated and Revised 50th Anniversary Edition


Over 3 million copies of The I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Bracken have been sold to date and its not difficult to see why. The book focuses on the much overlooked theme of, you guessed it, hating to cook and pairs it with its perfect complement: a variety of easy to prepare recipes with a minimal number of ingredients. Rumor also has it that these recipes actually taste good. Which brings to me a major admission, I haven't actually tried any of these recipes. You see, nearly every recipe calls for some form of meat, butter or cheese (or some combination of) and to me, well, that is just a no-no. But this isn't just a book full of easy to prepare recipes, its also a book full of interesting anecdotes, bits of humor and little cooking tips. The I Hate To Cook Book was first published in 1960 and the content is an interesting glimpse into those times (if you weren't there already) yet still highly relevant to modern times. As someone who actually enjoys to cook and prefers dishes that are a little less...animal, well this was not the recipe book for me. Despite that, it surprisingly still manages to make quite an interesting read.

From the Hachette website:

"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."


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Hachette Book Group was generous enough to offer TWO of my readers their very own hard cover copy of The I Hate To Cook Book (ARV $22.99)!

*To enter all you need to do is tell me your favorite dish to prepare when you have guests over.

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Please leave a separate comment for each entry! Also make sure to leave your contact info (email address, twitter ID, facebook link) in one of your comments OR have your email address visible in your profile.

This giveaway will end on August 29, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. Open to US readers only. Good luck!

Giveaway winners: Leandrea at Coupons Are Great & kimo (anonymous)

**I was sent a copy of the I Hate To Cook Book for review purposes and allowed to post my thoughts at my discretion. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are mine.**

144 comments:

  1. Lasagna is my favorite guest dish - it's so easy to make enough to feed a LOT of people!

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  4. fajitas are our favorite for a crowd!

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  5. anything grilled- it is too hot to get crazy in the kitchen during the summer!
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  9. My husband and I work as a team when we have guests over and it is Pasta Carbonara that we make. It is usually the cooking Light version.
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  10. I usually make either Cheesy Chicken with Rice or Baked Ziti, depends on the mood:)
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  15. Baked Pasta - my specialty :)

    chili is also good.

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  16. I like to make enchilladas.

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  22. When we have guests over spaghetti is my dish of choice.

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  23. My favorite dish to make when we have guests is lasagna and garlic toast. It is nice that you can make it ahead of time and just put it in to bake when you are ready.

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  32. I LIKE TO MAKE A CARROT CAKE

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  33. I like to make Lasagna!

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  35. My favorite dish for company in the summer is to pull out the smoker and make brisket!
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  41. I love making Chicken alfredo.

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  48. Does take out pizza count as a dish I prepare? Otherwise I do like to make spaghetti.

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  55. Well I would wanna say Take Out....LOL but that is not true. Do I have a go to dish? Gosh?

    Salad? Honestly we cook out quite a bit for friends. That means Hubby cooks and I clean. Not too bad.

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  56. My favorite dish to prepare for guests is chili - I just pour all the ingredients into the Crock-pot and walk away!

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  58. Chicken Marsala or stuffed peppers!

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  59. we usually cook on the grill - hamburgers, pork chops or something like that
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  60. I enjoy making Eggplant Parmesan for company and bruschetta as well. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. I like to vary what I make using seasonal ingredients. Recently I've made stuffed peppers.

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  64. My favorite dish is italian marinaded chicken thighs! Easy & very tasty!

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  65. My favorite thing to make is spaghetti, because its the one thing i cant mess up lol

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  67. I like to make a big pot of chicken gumbo for company.

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  68. My favorite dish to prepare is Vietnamese Spring Rolls.

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  70. My favorite is slow cooker BBQ. vickers_73460 at yahoo dot com

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  72. I love making hash brown casserole, thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

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  77. I like to make Frozen Pizza when guests come over. Hahaha

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  78. I have a really, really easy stroganoff recipe that I make.

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  79. Oh--it's so hard to say! I suppose I would say that pasta is a staple for when guests are here!

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  86. My favorite dish to make when we have guests is a great vegetable soup!

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  87. Standing Rib Roast - looks technical but it's simple as hell.

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  91. My favorite is a roasted chicken, with baby potatoes, and chocolate cake for dessert.
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  93. I like to make pasta. that's about the only thing i can make... :D
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  96. I do like to make my own pizza's... suelee1998 @gmail.com

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  98. Chilli is what we have when we have guests. Easy and yummy!

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  99. If i'm cooking for someone else, it's usually a corn casserole.
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  100. Grill BBQ finger ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, garlic bread with iced tea. thanks for the chance to win. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  102. BBQ finger ribs,corn on the cob, baked beans, garlic bread and iced tea. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  103. I like making pasta fagioli. Yummilicious!

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  105. I like to bbq either steaks or chicken.
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  106. I love to make pasta when people come over

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  113. Umm, store bought chicken nuggets? See, I need this book. leandrea246(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  114. My favorite dish to prepare for guests is green enchiladas.
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  118. I make chili.

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  119. Does calling Pizza Hut count?????

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  120. I serve spaghetti and a salad. cheryllynne(at)rocketmail dot com

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  122. My favorite dish is my grandmother-in-law's macaroni and cheese. It is so creamy and good and easy, and also somewhat famous in our neck of the woods!

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  128. I love to hate to cook and this book could very well be my bible.

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  129. Breaded, fried chicken stuffed with mozzarella and ham, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.

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  132. My favorite dish to prepare when guests come over is Roast Beef. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  133. I like to prepare Lasagna for guest
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