Peg Bracken

Ruth Eleanor “Peg” Bracken (1918 – 2007) was an American author of humorous books on cooking, housekeeping, etiquette and travel.

Peg worked as an advertising copywriter and during the 1960s and 1970s, Bracken’s writing reassured women that they did not have to be perfect to have a happy, well-managed home. Her best-known book is The I Hate to Cook Book.

The recipes are distinguished by unusual names and peppered with sardonic comments such as “Wolfe Eggs,” Stayabed Stew” or The Rock Pile”. The recipes themselves were written in much the same style such as… 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.

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