Some women, it is said, like to cook. This book is not for them.
First published in 1960, when it was a revolutionary breath of fresh air to harried housewives, this hilarious yet practical cookbook will delight contemporary home cooks who'd prefer to wrap their "dishwater hands around a dry Martini instead of a wet flounder, come the end of a long day." From Stayabed Stew ("put the lid on and put the casserole in a 275° oven. Now go back to bed.") to Selma's Best Oatmeal Cookies ("These bear the same relationship to the ordinary oatmeal cooky that the Rolls-Royce does to the bicycle"), this collection of about 200 recipes culled from the culinary repertoire of the wonderfully clever Peg Bracken and her friends features dishes that are easy to make, family friendly, delicious, and, most important, designed to get you in and out of the kitchen fast. With giggle-inducing extras like lazy ideas for kids' parties, tips for sounding impressive when talking shop ("if you can possibly avoid it, don't say 'onions.' Say 'shallots'"), low-maintenance housekeeping hints, and more, this reissue of a beloved classic is one cookbook you'll actually enjoy reading from cover to cover! (AG)