I love to read recipes from the middle of the 20th century, when it was "exotic" to add a quarter of a teaspoon of curry powder to a recipe. I have an old cookbook which declares that "an elaborate macaroni ring can be quickly and easily made with canned macaroni" and "how dull, how dull tomato juice can be! But interestingly seasoned, frozen, and imaginatively served, it becomes one of the best beginnings for a meal."
Yes, serving food "imaginatively" was all the rage, with results that were...often neither good to look at nor eat! But so much fun to read about. Imagine my delight when I came across this Web site with cards of Weight Watchers recipes from the early 70's. Yes, these were the days before the Low-Fat Craze, when "everyone knew" that the way to lose weight was to cut down on starches and sugar. Wendy McClure came across these cards in her parents basement and thought they were so funny she ended up putting them into a book called The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan: Classic Diet Recipe Cards from the 1970's. The title came from the delectable Fluffy Mackerel Pudding. Yes! High in protein and low in carbs! Let's make it! Hot Wrap Ups are an inventive way to get your day's supply of green veggies -- I love hot lettuce! And then there's perhaps my favorite, Fish "Tacos" spiced up with, yes, a quarter of a teaspoon of chili powder and served over toast!!
The book is still available online, mostly used, by following the links here, and some of the actual recipes are here. Ms. McClure is also the author of I'm Not the New Me and The Wilder Life. I thank her for introducing me to the cards and also the hilarious Web site The Gallery of Regrettable Food (Check out The Unbearable Sadness of Vegetables).
Photo of Frankfurter Spectacular Courtesy of www.candyboots.com
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