The I Hate to Cook Book Review and Giveaway CLOSED Winner Inside

“There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who don’t cook out of and have NEVER cooked out of THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK, and the other kind…The I HATE TO COOK people consist mainly of those who find other things more interesting and less fattening, and so they do it as seldom as possible. Today there is an Annual Culinary Olympics, with hundreds of cooks from many countries ardently competing. But we who hate to cook have had our own Olympics for years, seeing who can get out of the kitchen the fastest and stay out the longest.” – Peg Bracken

Philosopher’s Chowder. Skinny Meatloaf. Fat Man’s Shrimp. Immediate Fudge Cake. These are just a few of the beloved recipes from Peg Bracken’s classic I HATE TO COOK BOOK. Written in a time when women were expected to have full, delicious meals on the table for their families every night, Peg Bracken offered women who didn’t revel in this obligation an alternative: quick, simple meals that took minimal effort but would still satisfy.

50 years later, times have certainly changed – but the appeal of THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK hasn’t.

This book is for everyone, men and women alike, who wants to get from cooking hour to cocktail hour in as little time as possible.

The I hate to Cook Book is celebrating its 50th anniversary and I get to share presents with my wonderful readers. I recently received The I Hate to Cook Book in the mail. I have to admit I actually love cooking, but usually we do not have nothing in the house to actually cook with.

We have food, but it is simple things that do not take a lot to prepare and you can pick up cheap at the store. I spend an average of about 50 dollars a week at the grocery store. That is about 200 for the month for a family of 3. I still have yet to completely figure out the whole coupon deal. I mean I can save with some but nothing like the pros do.

So when we got this cook book in the mail I started looking at some of the recipes, and to my surprise a lot of the recipes are meals I have prepared for the family, because they are so quick, easy and don’t cost much to make.

I am so excited to try some new quick and easy recipes, the first one I am going to try is the Cheese Wedges!!!

Cheese Wedges:

1 package tube- type refrigerated biscuits

1/3 cup grated cheese

1/4 cup melted butter

Cut each biscuit into four little wedges, roll them in melted butter and grated cheese, then toast them in a 400 degree oven for about twelve minutes.

That is it… Look at how simple that recipe is!!! This would go good with some yummy Spaghetti, The I Hate To Cook Book also has a yummy sounding recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce.

One of my families favorite dishes I like to call Tuna Noodle Casserole. In The I Hate to Cook Book it is called Tuna-Mushroom Casserole, however it is made the same way I make mine. When I seen this recipe I started laughing, because I couldn’t believe it was in this cook book. Not only does this book have great recipes, it also has a lot of great information that I like to google, because I have no clue how many tablespoons makes a cup. Thanks to The I Hate to Cook book though I now know, and I didn’t have to leave the kitchen to google it :) (16 tablespoons = 1 cup)

I also found out I can make frosting with jelly, all those times I was wanting sweets, and had no frosting for the cake only if I had The I Hate To Cook Book.

Title: The I Hate to Cook Book: 50th Anniversary Edition
Author: Peg Bracken
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Anv edition
Publication Date: July 26, 2010
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0446545921
Genre: Cooking

How would you all like a chance to have this very same cook book? I get to give 2 lucky readers one of their very own.

Win It:

MANDATORY: To enter to win a copy of The I Hate To Cook Book, Tell me why you would love to win a copy of this awesome cookbook, or Tell me why you hate to cook. This is mandatory and must be done before you will get credit for extras.


2.) Like I Hate To Cook Book on facebook and let them know where you came from. Make sure to leave your name so I can verify. (2 extra)

3.) Head on over to Ms. Peg Bracken’s daughters Jo Bracken’s blog and tell me something you learned. Either something Ms. Jo Bracken has wrote or something about her. (2 extra)

4.) Follow my blog, and/or become a subscriber. ( if you do both make sure to leave 2 comments)

5.) Grab my button and let me know where I can find it at. (3 extra)

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If you are a busy mom this is a cook book you want in your kitchen. You will be able to prepare yummy meals in little time, and they will not break the bank to make.

This giveaway will close on July 23th @ 11:59pm CST. I will pick  winners via “And the winner is. Plug-in”. I will contact the winners via email and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Giveaway is open to USA and Canada residents that are 18 and older. (No P.O Boxes)

Disclosure: I received a free copy of The I Hate to Cook Book from Hachette for review purposes. This did not reflect my view of The I Hate to Cook Book.

Your Winner

Author: Jaime ()

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Your Winner

Author: Mary Ward ()

I actually love to cook but this cookbook has some easy recipes and I like easy!

About Jammie Morey

Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan. She enjoys doing many things with her family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with her daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.


  1. Amber G says:

    I hate to cook because I’m no good at it and I’m always burning or undercooking things like lasagna!

  2. Amber G says:

    I learned that Jo’s mom has a lot of unpublished work! #1

  3. Amber G says:

    I learned that Jo’s mom has a lot of unpublished work #2

  4. Denise S says:

    I’d love to win because I really do hate to cook, but want to learn.

  5. Maureen says:

    As much as I try I just don’t really make a great meal. It has made me feel like I hate to cook. I would rather someone else do it for me.

  6. Maureen says:

    Jo and her husband live in Long Beach, California, along with their two dogs and four cats.

  7. brandlyn says:

    I hate to cook because it never turns out like “Paula Dean” or “Rachel Ray”. Someone always criticizes me about that.

  8. Mary Ward says:

    I actually love to cook but this cookbook has some easy recipes and I like easy!

  9. Linda White says:

    Because there are days and weeks when I truly hate to cook and cant think of a thing to fix!

  10. Sounds like a fun read and I’m always looking for simple easy meals to create and to teach my son to make. Count me in the drawing too please ~ :) THanks!

  11. there are times when cooking is a chore and would love this

  12. I’d like to win because I really do hate to cook but when I have to I’d like to do it well.

  13. I actually love to cook. I collect cookbooks and I would like to add it to my collection. It looks like it has some really nice recipes.

  14. g. l. penrod says:

    i want to cook well not just get by

  15. my mother had a copy of this book…….in paperback…..when it was all the rage and I’d love to win this to give to her…….she loved it!

  16. I actually don’t mind cooking its the cleaning up afterward that bothers me more. I’m such a messy cook its awful.

  17. Deborah R says:

    Good heavens! Is Peg Bracken’s “I Hate To Cook Book” really 50 years old? If so, I need to check my birth certificate or write “I Hate to Tell The Truth about My Age Book.” I’d like to win because I actually remember hearing about this book when I was a very, very, very little girl.

  18. I like to cook, but I need all the help I can get in the kitchen.

  19. This looks like a really good read for me. I’m not all that great a cook, but I don’t hate it by any means. I just wish I could do better and perhaps I can learn valuable lessons from this book so that I may make tasty meals without feeling that the recipes seem as though they are too involved.

  20. Janice Wright says:

    I do hate to cook. I am divorced, my kids are grown & it’s just not any fun cooking for one person.

  21. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I don’t hate to cook, actually-but I remember this book when it first came out-it created quite a stir! The recipes are pretty good!

  22. I don’t hate to cook either, but in addn to traditional recipes, am always looking for new, novel ideas for food preparation.

  23. I need to win this for my husband, since he likes to cook, and I don’t, except for grilling occasionally.

  24. always am generally pretty busy, so finding shortcuts to cooking for my friends is always a treat

  25. i would like to win!

    i hate to cook because it takes so long but you only enjoy it for so little time.

  26. Rebecca Graham says:

    I hate to cook because it takes time away from other things I really want to do.

  27. I like to cook but am not too creative so need help. thanks for this giveaway.

  28. christopher h says:

    i’d like to win because i need all the help i can get in the kitchen

  29. I hate to cook because it is too hot in this house ! I hate the cleanup and the planning

  30. Aliya D. says:

    I have taken on the personal challenge of learning how to cook this year… It’s quite daunting for me, but I am adamant about it in order to better my health, loose weight and just learn a practical new skill. I would love to win this book to further this cause of mine. Thank you!

    Aliya D.

  31. I hate to cook because I have no time to cook.

  32. LAMusing says:

    actually, I love to cook – if I only did it once a week or so! But having to prepare meals 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year (with only occassional meals out) is exhausting! Then I HATE to cook.

  33. kay wolter says:

    I used to love to cook but 4 1/2 years ago I had a really bad van accident and some brain injury’s and nothing seems to come out correctly….runny, overcooked, looks bad and I have a Husband who is picky and gets heart burn alot and a soon to be 14 year old Son…Help Us please….

  34. Christina says:

    I like to cook exotic foods for parties, trying out cultural recipes I’ve never tried before – but I HATE to cook day by day (although it’s necessary, I know) because I always think I could be writing or creating collages or doing some other form of artwork during that time instead!

  35. Christina says:

    I learned that Peg considered herself a humorist, primarily, and that her manuscript was rejected by many males until a female accepted it, in the publishing world. She wrote a whole series of I Hate books about being a housewife. I’d love to read her book about being old for the first time!

  36. I am the type of girl where I rather have Top Ramon the cook.My dad who stays with us does all the cooking.So I guess you can say I reallly need this book

  37. Renee G says:

    I would love to have a cookbook that actually calls for items a “normal” person might have in their kitchen. I don’t hate to cook, but I do hate cookbooks that call for ingredients I can’t obtain locally.

  38. Susan R. says:

    I would love to get this book to help me cook some basic recipes that would satisfy my whole family. My family is picky! I hate to cook because whatever I make, usually there are 1 or 2 people that won’t eat whatever is on the table! Ugh.

  39. I actually like to cook. But then there are the days when I’m tired, frustrated and don’t like to cook. For those days, this book would serve me well.


  40. I do cook but could use help which would provide me with more ideas and creativity. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  41. It isn’t that I hate to cook, I just really don’t have the extra time (or energy) to cook.

  42. Eco-Friendly and Frugal says:

    I’d love to win this cook book because I’m FINALLY moving someplace that has a full kitchen that I can cook in but i don’t really know how to!

  43. I would love to win this, because it sounds like a beginners book. The perfect book for my cousin!

  44. I hate cooking because I do so much in my day, I come home STARVING and cannot wait for things to cook.

  45. Tonya Dean says:

    I hate to cook because my kitchen hates me! Every time I try to cook I either get burned or cut myself.

  46. Ed Nemmers says:

    This would be for my father!

  47. Paula Michele says:

    I don’t hate cooking. It’s just so time consuming and I get tired of doing it.

  48. Some days I really hate to cook because I get tired of the same old, same old. I need easy recipes, too. This sounds like it would fill the bill.

  49. Rachel Higgs says:

    I cook for a living and just do not want to when I get home

  50. Jessica says:

    I would love to get this for my sister, she’s a mess in the kitchen and is always looking for easy meal ideas!

  51. Jessica says:

    #1 I learned that Jo Bracken and her husband are insufferable pet parents who live in Long Beach, California, along with their two dogs and four cats.

  52. Rachel S says:

    I’f like to win this cookbook because I like easy to follow recipes!

  53. melinda smith says:

    I hate to cook because my husband is very picky and eats the same stuff all the time.

  54. Jennifer M says:

    I’d love this cookbook because I need recipe ideas that are easy and require few ingredients.

  55. Ellen Ring says:

    I’m not a great cook & anything that simplifies it for me is greatly needed.

  56. My cooking typically involves the microwave only so I’d really love this book

  57. Amanda Caruthers says:

    I hate to cook because I never really learned how. So every time I attempt something it could turn out to be a disaster.

  58. I hate to cook because it’s messy and takes too long

  59. Susan Smith says:

    I hate to cook because it’s time consuming

  60. Cynthya P says:

    I actually like to cook, but I’d love to win this because I enjoy trying new recipes and I like reading new cookbooks. And I want to try that Tuna Noodle casserole!

  61. I like to cook..but Im not particularly good at it, so thats why I’d love to have this!

  62. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… my wife & I are always interested in expanding, and improving, our cooking prowess; this cookbook classic would be a great resource !

  63. Michelle H. says:

    I love cookbooks and I want to try out these recipes.

  64. Chastidy says:

    I hate to cook because I feel like it takes to long :)

  65. I hate to cook because I HATE washing the dishes afterwards!

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  66. I’d like to win it because i’m always looking for new recipes to try that are super easy!

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