Cookbook Review: The Smart Shopper’s Cookbook (1972)

 I picked up my copy of The Smart Shopper’s Cookbook from a local antique mall.  What drew me to this cookbook, besides the smart-shopper price tag ($2!), was the very specific audience that this book targets.  The Smart Shopper’s Cookbook is written for the American homemaker in an era of energy crises and record inflation,…

Mock-Steak Joubey (adapted from The Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Mock-Steak Joubey is one of the more entertaining recipes in The Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  To some degree it captures the essence of the cookbook – making elegant meals with ground meat or inexpensive cuts – but very few of the recipes take that charge quite so literally.   Mock-Steak Joubey actually fashions a ground meat patty……

Noisettes de Porc aux Pruneax (Oregon, 1974, adapted)

Noisettes de Porc aux Pruneax is an elegant, uncomplicated dish from the Portland (Oregon) Junior League’s 1974 cookbook, No Regrets.  English speakers can easily deduce “Pork” and “Prunes” from the title.  The word Noisettes literally means hazelnuts, but in this context Noisettes de Porc translates roughly as “pork medallions”.   The recipe seems to have roots in……

Biscuit-topped Bulgarian Lamb Stew (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Biscuit-topped Bulgarian Lamb Stew is a hearty, simply seasoned lamb stew from Loyta Wooding’s 1972 Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  As I’ve noted elsewhere, in twenty-first century terms a lamb stew doesn’t seem to fit with the strict-budget ethos of Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  Lamb consumption has dropped precipitously since the 1960s and in modern markets lamb is……

Lamb Curry Tomato Soup (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Lamb Curry Tomato Soup is an easy-to-prepare weeknight soup from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  Lamb is a surprising ingredient for a cookbook dedicated to budget-friendly meals.  In my little corner of paradise ground lamb is priced higher than ground Wagyu, and the discount grocery chains don’t always have it in stock.  Lamb is something of a premium……

Arroz con Azafrán (Spanish Saffron Rice, New Jersey, 1995, adapted)

Arroz con Azafrán (rice with saffron) is an attractive and versatile side dish suitable that adds a little bit of class to any number of meals.  This particular version is adapted from Buen Provecho, a 1995 cookbook compiled by HISPA, which – at the time – was an employee group for Hispanic AT&T employees.  HISPA……

Peppers Stuffed with Eggs (adapted from Old-Time Meatless Recipes, 1955)

Peppers Stuffed with Eggs is a nifty little baked eggs recipe from Katharine McClinton’s 1955 cookbook Old-Time Meatless Recipes.   Originally published as Loaves and Fishes:  Menus and Recipes for Fridays and Lent, this cookbook defines “meatless” in terms of traditional Catholic dietary restrictions; in modern parlance lacto-ovo-piscetarian is probably more appropriate.  More than half of……

Cookbook Review: Eating In (1986)

I picked up my copy of Betty Fussell’s Eating In off of the “free” rack at a bookstore on the Oregon coast, sometime in the summer of 2005. It’s a cookbook that I’ve spent more time reading over the years than cooking from; I appreciate it more for its philosophical approach than the recipes themselves….

Peanut Chicken Thighs (adapted from Eating In, 1986)

One of the more approachable recipes from Eating In is Peanut Chicken Thighs – a simple recipe built mostly from pantry staples that can be on the table in around 45 minutes.  The original recipe calls for the full chicken leg – drumstick with thigh attached – but this is a hard cut to find……