Thursday, July 15, 2010

I Hate to Cook Book Review and Giveaway...

Thanks to Hatchette book group, I recently had the chance to review the 50th Anniversary Edition of The I Hate To Cook Book, written by Peg Bracken.

Here's a glimpse at the original, 50 years ago:
Oh, where have the years gone? :)

Synopsis:
"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.
What we thought:
This book is hilarious, but also very enlightening. I was surprised with how many of the recipes would actually work for our family seeing as they were originally collected 50 years ago. The variety is pretty impressive as well and the fact that is is sprinkled(heavy-handedly, I might add) with humor makes this one of my favorite cook books:) And I actually really enjoy cooking...so this book would probably work for everyone:) ABCD Diaries gives The I Hate To Cook Book an A!

Buy It:You can buy your copy of The I Hate to Cook Book at your local book store or Amazon.com starting July 26th.


Win It: Hatchette Book Group has generously offered 2 ABCD Diaries readers a copy of The I Hate To Cook Book!!
To enter, comment below-tell us whether or not YOU like to cook:)
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Giveaway ends Friday, July 23, 2010 at 11:59cst. Winners will be chosen via random.org and emailed. They will have 48 hours to reply. Open to US residents 18+:)

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this book for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

139 comments:

  1. I like to bake more than I like to cook. I grew up cooking dinners for a large family and well since it is just my husband and myself I am having a hard time adjusting the amounts so that things do not burn.
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  2. I love to cook and cook at least 6 meals a week for my wife and I. Good thing too because she is a terrible cook

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  3. I definitely do not like to cook - so I'd love to read this book!
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  10. I do like to cook, sometimes lol!

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  12. I like to bake more than cook really! But I cook 5-6 meals a week!

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  13. I kind of like to cook- I LOVE to bake but I really seem to never have time for either.

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  18. entered the Circle E Candles giveaway

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  19. I absolutely LOVE to cook! My friends come over for dinner frequently, and say my house is their favorite restaurant!

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  20. i only like to cook if i have to. i am not too creative when it comes to making a meal.
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  22. also entered snizzers...
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  23. also entered pretzel giveaway
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  24. I absolutely love to cook. rhisomers@gmail.com

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  25. i hate to fuss, love to cook if it is easy no fuss reciep that taste fantastic,have a few that do but need more

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  26. Love to cook, I don't cook, we generally don't eat.

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  27. I'm not a fan of cooking, but I do really like trying new recipes. I think that has more to do with the fact that I get tired of eating the same stuff for dinner than with my feelings about cooking. I see it as a neccessity....but I'd eat out every night if I could and be quite happy with that. :)

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  28. follow on gfc

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  29. subscribe to rss - entry 1

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  31. follow on twitter as @frankandkatie

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  32. entered pretzelmania giveaway

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  34. I like to cook...when I have the time. And I don't really have much time to cook, so I'm not really liking cooking all that much right now! Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook. It just might help me. (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

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  35. I follow on Google Friend Connect (krstrpp at hotmail dot com).

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  36. I follow on Twitter @krstrpp.

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  38. I tweeted at: http://twitter.com/krstrpp/status/18728285045 (krstrpp at hotmail dot com).

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  39. i don't know if i hate to cook, but i don't like to

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  40. I do like to cook-I also like to eat! Thanks!

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  41. I like to cook when I have time.

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  42. Even though I'm not very much of a cook I still like to cook. I just want to improve on my culinary skills.

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  44. 1- I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).

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  45. 2- I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).

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  49. I love to cook and bake.
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  50. I am a gfc follower.
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  51. I entered the joy of soap giveaway.
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  52. Christina - xristya@rock.com - I like to cook exotic foods for parties from cultural recipes that I've never tried before - but I HATE day to day cooking, although I know it's necessary! I'm always thinking that I could be spending the time creatively, writing or doing artwork!

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  57. I entered the Circle E Candles contest.

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  58. I actually don't really like to cook. I just can't cook *well* so I hesitate to cook at all!

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  59. I follow you via Google Friend Connect

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  68. I enjoy cooking if I have the time, hate it if I'm rushed!
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  69. GFC follower!
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  70. I follow on twitter @lexigurl_17

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  71. You are on my Google reader #1
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  75. I am a terriable cook,when I cook.This would be a good book for me
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  76. I can't stand to cook - but I like to eat - so I have to do it anyway.

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  77. I entered the Pretzelmania Review and Giveaway...

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  78. sooo not a cook...as a matter of fact all of the delivery places around here know me well...

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  79. Hate to cook! There's a reason they made the microwave. lol

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  80. I like to cook certain items, but not a fan of long elaborate recipes

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  81. Following publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

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  84. entered Snizzers & Gwoo Giveaway

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  85. entered Circle E Candles Giveaway

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  86. Actually, I do love to cook, especially for others!

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  87. I hate to cook. I avoid it every chance I get.

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  88. I'd rather my husband cook, but I really like to eat!

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  89. crazyred61@yahoo.com
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  90. I love to cook...I just don't have a lot of time for it.

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  91. I entered the Circle E candle giveaway

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  92. I entered the Everyday Minerals giveaway

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  93. I don't mind cooking, but I'd love to win this for my sister who is a mess in the kitchen, she could use some inspiration!
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  101. blogged #1~
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  105. Entered Enstroms Toffee
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  106. Cooking is not my favorite thing. I might feel different if I was organized & could figure out to fix.

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  107. I love to cook! It is so relaxing

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  109. I really don't like to cook because I'm not very good at it.
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  110. I like to BBQ and bake, cook not so much!

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  111. I like to cook sometimes, it's a love hate kind of thing for me nowadays.
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  115. I enjoy it, but Im not good at it.


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  116. I don't mind cooking if it's quick. I don't want to spend all day in the kitchen.

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  117. I do like to cook, but I like it even better when my husband cooks.

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  118. I really don't like to cook, I don't mind to bake, I don't want to be all day. eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  119. i follow your blog thanks for the chance to win

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  120. i subscribe to your blog thanks

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  121. I like to cook for my family!

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  126. Thanks for the giveaway...my wife & I love to cook.

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  132. I love to cook! vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  133. I love to cook.. i'm looking for new and easy recipes though :)

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