The Reluctant Hostess, by Ethelind Fearon.
This is one of the best old books I have found. It appears to be written by a 1950's woman who is sick of housework, entertaining and cooking. Even though it appears to be the anti-hostess book she actually comes up with a lot of really interesting and helpful hints.
Yet it seems that the underlying theme of this book is sarcasm (especially at the male sex) and of course there is the 1950s dubious food for example:
- Jellied soup (served cold)
- Kidney flan
- Liver sausage with chopped olives
- Larded pheasants
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