YOU CAN COOK: How to Make Good Food for Your Family and Friends by Paula Dunaway Schwartz

YOU CAN COOK: How to Make Good Food for Your Family and Friends

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Schwartz's all-round cookbook consists of standard basic recipes for standard American dishes, which include barbecues, lasagna, and ""Chinese style"" pork as well as the roast chicken, steaks and chops, meatloaf and beef stew. With desserts such as Apple Brown Betty, brownies and fruit pies, this certainly offers nothing that can't be found in adult cookbooks of the women's magazine variety, but Schwartz's directions are generally more explicit and easier to follow (the vegetable section consists almost entirely of separate recipes for boiling about 20 fresh vegetables--information that BH&G gives you on a one-page chart)--and, if Schwartz's taste range is severely limited, she also avoids the standard horrors (except catsup), excess sweetening, and most prepared items. Our own chief objection is to the dearth of seasoning, even in something called ""Cuban picadillo"" (identical to her chile without the beans or chile powder) but containing no Cuban spices or any at all beyond salt and pepper. Unadventurous overall, but an honest, decently prepared staple.

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1976
Publisher: Atheneum