The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken drawings by Hilary Knight 1960 Harcourt, Brace & World Inc.

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Step into the kitchen with a sense of humor with The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken, illustrated by the talented Hilary Knight. This 1960 edition from Harcourt, Brace & World Inc. turns the chore of cooking into a delightful escapade with its 176 pages of whimsically named recipes and witty commentary.

Perfect for those who'd rather be reading a murder mystery in bed than standing by the stove, this cookbook offers dishes like "Wolfe Eggs" and "Stayabed Stew," designed for minimal effort and maximum enjoyment.

Whether you're a reluctant chef or simply appreciate a good laugh with your meals, this book is a must-have addition to any vintage cookbook collection or home kitchen. Its playful approach to cooking will bring joy and sarcasm to your culinary endeavors.


  • Author: Peg Bracken
  • Illustrator: Hilary Knight
  • Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.
  • Year: 1960
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 176
  • Dimensions: 9x6x2 inches
  • Condition: Good, minor wear on dust jacket

Four Key Features:

  1. Unique Recipes: Offers easy and amusing recipes for the cooking averse.
  2. Witty Commentary: Filled with sarcastic remarks and humorous insights.
  3. Charming Illustrations: Enhanced by Hilary Knight's delightful drawings.
  4. Vintage Charm: A 1960 classic that adds character to any cookbook collection.

Beyond The Final Page:

"The I Hate to Cook Book" is more than just a cookbook; it's a comedic relief for the kitchen. It's perfect for anyone looking to simplify their cooking routine without sacrificing fun or flavor. Dive into this book for a laugh, and leave with a full stomach and a new outlook on cooking.


The vintage items I share with you have been previously owned and loved. They may show some wear, as is typical for vintage pieces. This vintage cookbook has been previously loved and shows signs of age, including minor wear on the dust jacket. Despite these imperfections, the book's charm, recipes, and humor are fully intact. Please refer to the photos for a closer look, and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or additional photos.

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