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Whatever happened to comfort food? This revised and updated edition of the classic Square Meals is a celebration of American food from the 1920s through the 1950s, a salute to the days of lunch counters and the times when Sunday dinner was hearty and special. 150 photos.


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Whatever happened to comfort food? This revised and updated edition of the classic Square Meals is a celebration of American food from the 1920s through the 1950s, a salute to the days of lunch counters and the times when Sunday dinner was hearty and special. 150 photos.

30 review for Square Meals: America's Favorite Comfort Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 87. I actually read an original copy of Square Meals (Hardback). An excellent look at the home cooking of the 20th Century lifestyles of middle Americans. As I read through the book, I pulled out recipe cards from my grandmother and mother and found most of their recipes matched - or were off by only an ingredient /amount. This was a comfort read. I've already marked some items that I've not had since the 1970's which I intend to try again. I'm sure the paperback is fine, but I love my f 2020 bk 87. I actually read an original copy of Square Meals (Hardback). An excellent look at the home cooking of the 20th Century lifestyles of middle Americans. As I read through the book, I pulled out recipe cards from my grandmother and mother and found most of their recipes matched - or were off by only an ingredient /amount. This was a comfort read. I've already marked some items that I've not had since the 1970's which I intend to try again. I'm sure the paperback is fine, but I love my first edition.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Square Meals works on so many levels, and succeeds on all of them. The book is structured chronologically, from the 1920s up into the 1960s. This lets it serve as a sort of culinary history of the 20th Century USA... from the "cunning" cookery of the 1920s ("... a girl could really serve a high-society meal in her own bungalow!")... to soda fountain cookery... through Victory Garden cookery ("A meal without meat? You can do it!") and Army chow... on to teen-focused food in the 1950s (they only e Square Meals works on so many levels, and succeeds on all of them. The book is structured chronologically, from the 1920s up into the 1960s. This lets it serve as a sort of culinary history of the 20th Century USA... from the "cunning" cookery of the 1920s ("... a girl could really serve a high-society meal in her own bungalow!")... to soda fountain cookery... through Victory Garden cookery ("A meal without meat? You can do it!") and Army chow... on to teen-focused food in the 1950s (they only eat pizza, hot dogs, and hamburgers)... faux-Polynesia ("Luau in Your Living Room" with recipes like Flaming Cabbage-Head Weenies in Pu-Pu Sauce). The thing is, there are plenty of recipes that you can actually make, it's not just a freak show. And on top of this -- at least to me -- it's laugh-out-loud funny, one of the funniest books I've ever owned (Example, from a recipe featuring Twinkies begins "Before they were used to explain insane criminal acts and diminished mental capacity...").

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jill Hutchinson

    This is really more of a trip down memory lane than an actual cook book although it does contain the recipes for all dishes mentioned. The author, who with her husband, Michael, has written many books about food that are fun and more than the usual cookbook. Here she looks at the food styles of the 1940/50s....some are still being eaten, most are not. Ever hear of Shrimp Wiggle, Checkerboard Tea Sandwiches or Spam Hash? Doesn't sound very appetizing and I wonder if my Mother made any of these! W This is really more of a trip down memory lane than an actual cook book although it does contain the recipes for all dishes mentioned. The author, who with her husband, Michael, has written many books about food that are fun and more than the usual cookbook. Here she looks at the food styles of the 1940/50s....some are still being eaten, most are not. Ever hear of Shrimp Wiggle, Checkerboard Tea Sandwiches or Spam Hash? Doesn't sound very appetizing and I wonder if my Mother made any of these! Worth reading, as are all her food books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Monica Willyard Moen

    This is a cookbook I turn to over and over because its recipes are hits with my family and friends. Its stories of comfort foods from around the country are interesting too. This is the cookbook that taught me to make burgers that taste like the ones you get from a diner and shakes that please even the pickiest of teenagers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I'm so sorry to see that this has been updated. The original is much funnier and captures the rich buy cheesy graphics of cooking up to the 1960s. Read the recipes and you'll laugh until you cry! I grew up in an Italian neighborhood with an Italian mom, so some of the things in her my mother didn't know from, but my mother-in-law could have written this! I'm so sorry to see that this has been updated. The original is much funnier and captures the rich buy cheesy graphics of cooking up to the 1960s. Read the recipes and you'll laugh until you cry! I grew up in an Italian neighborhood with an Italian mom, so some of the things in her my mother didn't know from, but my mother-in-law could have written this!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    This cookbook is fun for anyone who is in that retro state of mind. It isn't one of those books with modernized recipes that take all the fat and fun out of the food. The recipes were updated just enough to help a modern reader find appropriate ingredients. If you want cook like your grandmother, this is a good book to have handy. This cookbook is fun for anyone who is in that retro state of mind. It isn't one of those books with modernized recipes that take all the fat and fun out of the food. The recipes were updated just enough to help a modern reader find appropriate ingredients. If you want cook like your grandmother, this is a good book to have handy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Love just flipping through and reading the commentary. Haven't fixed much from this book, but keep it around for the Mary Jane's Rice Pudding recipe alone. Seriously the best rice pudding/comfort in a dish ever. Love just flipping through and reading the commentary. Haven't fixed much from this book, but keep it around for the Mary Jane's Rice Pudding recipe alone. Seriously the best rice pudding/comfort in a dish ever.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mickie

    A great mix of historical cookbooks, humor and social history. I adore this book and I actually cook from it! I may need a new copy since mine is getting pretty ragged.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cwalsen

    A favorite cookbook for people who are are not afraid to eat traditional food. Try the Cincinnati Five Way Chili!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Avis Black

    Interesting book, but I have never come across such an appetite killer in my life. It gave me too many unpleasant childhood dinner-table flashbacks.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sims

    The Sterns just rock so hard. This is a great book to keep you company if you're lonely on a weekend night and don't want to go out. The Sterns just rock so hard. This is a great book to keep you company if you're lonely on a weekend night and don't want to go out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Brennan-Green

    A great cookbook for theme parties, but even better for just sitting down to read. The Sterns can make cooking macaroni sound like an adventure!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abby Glann

    Fun collection and anecdotes on food from from first half of the 20th century. Lots of foods I know I ate with grandma and grandpa and some fun ideas for family get togethers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A delight. Summarizes everything I love about my collection of community cookbooks with rational recipes. Many on the to-do list.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The chapter on "Nursery Food" was the best followed by "Lunch Counter Cooking." They discussed comfort food under these and a few other categories. The chapter on "Nursery Food" was the best followed by "Lunch Counter Cooking." They discussed comfort food under these and a few other categories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie Eaklor

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dearborn

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Doll

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Grattan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ogle

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Fortier

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol Flegel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

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