Picks and Pans Review: Blast from the Past the I Hate to Cook Book

UPDATED 08/02/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/02/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

Published in 1960, Peg Bracken's The I Hate to Cook Book became a prefeminist anthem of sorts-fast recipes for wives who'd rather "fold our big dishwater hands around a dry Martini," as Bracken wrote, than slave at the stove. The author's daughter Jo Bracken talks about the new 50th-anniversary edition.

WHY REISSUE YOUR MOM'S BOOK?

We're in the same situation people were in then, or worse-who has time to cook? And my mom was a very funny lady, so it's fun to read.

DID SHE REALLY HATE TO COOK?

She was actually a great cook-she just hated to have to do it every single day.

ARE THE RECIPES UPDATED?

I substituted ingredients that aren't available anymore, like cream of shrimp soup.

WAS SHE A FUN MOM?

Absolutely. But the first time her Birds Eye commercial came on, I tried to disappear into the folds of the couch.

FAVORITE RECIPES?

Chicken Rice Roger, Stayabed Stew, Cheese Wedges. For the book I remade every single recipe. I learned I still don't like oysters.

CHEESE WEDGES

• 1 package tube-type refrigerated biscuits

• 1/3 cup grated cheese

• ¼ cup melted butter

Cut each biscuit into four little wedges, roll them in melted butter and grated cheese, then toast them in a 400° oven for about 12 minutes.

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