"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

The original Bad Home Cook redux: Peg Bracken’s “I Hate to Cook Book” re-issued for 50th anniversary

by Julie on September 5, 2010

in Delicious Books


Figures I’d hear about Peg Bracken six months after her demise in 2007.  She was indeed the original Bad Home Cook.

Such a kindred soul was she that I put out a search warrant for a copy of her I Hate to Cook Book. Alas, it was long out of print, and searches for it on the various online booksellers used and new –  came up with naught.

One reader even offered to send me her mother’s old copy. How could I? I politely declined.

Now come to find out the book has been reprinted for its 50th anniversary. It actually came out in July, but I wasn’t paying attention — the very character trait that so vexes my cooking.

Can’t wait to get my copy. Stay tuned for my version of Bracken’s infamous stay-a-bed stew…

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