The Bottom Line
- Saucepans & the Single Girl is a fun look back at entertaining ideas from 40 years ago
- New, witty notes poke fun at outdated material while offering practical tips
- Entertaining narrative between recipes
- Not the most creative recipes--more a nostalgic read than gourmet guide
- Saucepans & the Single Girl--a cookbook that was originally released in 1965
- Saucepans & the Single Girl offers timeless tips and recipes for entertaining
- Quirky narrative provides a glimpse at how much has changed in the past 40 years
- New, witty comments update recipes and narrative and make Saucepans & the Single Girl a fun read
- A great gift for recent college grads or gals just starting out on their own
Guide Review - Saucepans & the Single Girl - Book Review
The good thing about the recipes in Saucepans & the Single Girl is that they are simple. The book provides some basic advice and pantry staples that would be helpful to anyone starting out on their own. There are also some tasty, if not gourmet, recipes for food and cocktails.
Between recipes, Saucepans & the Single Girl is filled with narrative from 1965 sprinkled with new commentary on outdated ideas and ingredients. (For instance, MSG is no longer a pantry staple). It is funny and easy to read. I especially liked the commentary on different kinds of men and what sort of food to feed them ("Food Fit for a Man in a Brooks Brothers Suit," etc.).
A lot has changed in the past 40 years, but there are some things about being young and on your own in a big city that are still the same. Saucepans & the Single Girl connects women across generations. It would be a great gift for any daughters or girlfriends who are settling in to their first apartments.