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Better Homes and Gardens Snacks and Refreshments by Better Homes and Gardens
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May 30, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: cookbooks, 1960s, americana

A gruesome middle-American cookbook from the Kennedy era. Yes, those are shrimps impaled on an upright fish-shaped board on the cover. And fluorescent green iced drinks of some kind. And a crock of Chex party mix.

Home-economics fare from earlier decades abounds, including multiple cheese-based snacks studded with ham or dried beef or nuts. For an elegant tea, they suggest instant tea, coffee, punch, and lots and lots of mayonnaise and cream cheese-based sandwiches. Dates are utilised. It even includes "Flapper Pudding," that sickly-sweet sort of pineapple tiramisu fashionable in ladies' tea-rooms of the 1920s.

The photos all manage to be those disturbingly glistening ones in various shades of red. I don't know how the old cookbooks did it.

If you're fond of this sort of food, this book is a nice piece of nostalgia. Otherwise it's a creepily fascinating study in how cuisine can go horribly, horribly wrong.

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