This is my cook book. I am not kidding. This is it and I knew it as soon as I read it. This cook book was written for me and I am that person they describe in the book, the one that has oodles of cook books big and small and still doesn’t get it or if you are like me not even sure if you want to.
With a busy lifestyle – both my husband and I, we do usually do not see each other until supper time. By that time I have probably just walked in the door maybe 30 minutes before him, tired from work, working out, running errands and now I need to think about supper. Honestly – I don’t want to. I have told Al (hubby) before that if it were not for him, I probably wouldn’t cook at all. A stove top is fine for me and I do love my microwave too.
When the kids were growing up I would bake during the holidays. Ten types of cookies, bars, Divinity, fudge, almond bark…. I would bake like this for two days – covering my kitchen counters with sweet treats and a layer of flour. The I would not bake again for months because I burned myself out. Cooking and baking was never something I have enjoyed – it has always been a must do.
My mom was an incredible cook. She could open the refrigerator and mix things together that was delicious. I open the refrigerator and see things I need to throw out. And soon. My mom made her own croutons and her own cranberry stuffing. She made a cheesy broccoli soup that I am sure could not be good for anyone as rich as it was but it did not stop us all from eating it and wanting more.
I am that person that no matter what recipe I am doing, I have to go to the store. I have to search out spices, or buy an ingredient or two. I never have these things at home. Shoot, sometimes I have never heard of what they are asking for.
And I would say the kitchen is the room I spend the least amount of time in. I am not someone who can stand over anything to watch it simmer….. time and again (yesterday in fact) I will boil something over or burn a pan dry because I do not have the patience to keep an eye on things. I will no doubt start a pot of boiling water and then decide I should go fold laundry and will forget all about the water. My husband is a saint and always has a kind word to say when I ask, “is that a little burnt?” or “I wasn’t sure about the spices – is it too much?”
The I Hate To Cook book is filled with recipes with items I actually have. Spices I have actually heard of and own! And the best part is the recipes sound wonderful. They are not recipes that you have to babysit. You can make them and go. AND the book is funny! The new forward by Pegs daughter Jo is hilarious – and reading some of the recipes, you will see that Jo has inherited her mom’s sense of humor as Peg will put information in like in her recipe for Skid Road Stroganoff:
Add the flour, salt, paprika, and mushrooms, stir and let it cook five minutes while you light a cigarette and stare sullenly at the sink.
page 11, The I Hate To Cook Book
I drooled over the recipe for Sweep Steak. I can make this and my husband will love it. Stayabedstew? YUM! And I am probably making that this weekend as I have an overflowing schedule and meals haven’t even hit my radar. Recipe after recipe I was overjoyed with the simplicity of it and the fact that it sounded so good.
I recommend this book to all people – men and women, who do not have a lot of time for the kitchen part of their home (seriously, I would rather have a three season porch there….) or the patience to create the dishes that are no doubt delicious and lovely and take hours of preparation. I know you wonderful cooks are out there and I envy your skill, but after all these years I know I will never be there. 😀
I will be purchasing a few of these books for gifts this year.
A fun read – great recipes – so much so that I think I will be giving away a copy of this book for BBAW (starting next week!) So watch for that! 🙂
I received my copy of this book for review from Hachette Books