Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Review: Better Homes & Gardens Make-Ahead Cookbook

Happy May Day, Gentle Readers...

Book Review: Better Homes and Gardens Make-Ahead Cookbook
        
Author: staff of Better Homes and Gardens

Date: 1971
        
Publisher: Meredith Corporation
        
ISBN: none, but click here to see it on Amazon
        
Length: 96 pages with many full-color full-page photos
        
Quote: “By...doing most of the cooking ahead during less rushed hours, you can have more time for other activities.”
        
Not a reprint or a rehash of the After Work Cookbook, this book features complete recipes using make-ahead meals. This provides some respite from the Better Homes and Gardens staff’s compulsion, during the 1970s, to shovel dairy products into every dish; allowing that obsessive-compulsive nutritionist to put glasses of milk on the menu didn’t liberate the poor soul from printing recipes that specified mixing the waffles with milk, but you can always use water.
        
Some egg-and-cheese main dishes appear in this book, but “main dish” is still defined in terms of meat. Things this book calls “salad,” too, often contain more than enough protein to be served as main dishes. Vegetable dishes, too, contain enough grain, milk, and cheese protein to be served as main dishes.
        
Otherwise, this book probably succeeds in offering something everyone can eat, although not necessarily as part of the same menu. 

To buy the Make-Ahead Cookbook by itself, send salolianigodagewi @ yahoo.com $5 for the book + $5 for shipping. You can probably find a better price elsewhere. If, however, you would like to encourage living (individual) writers, you may add this one to a package with one or more Fair Trade Books; since the shipping charge is per package, this brings the price of the Make-Ahead Cookbook down to a competitive $5.