BY MARGARET MORGAN
In Peg Bracken's introduction to "The I Hate to Cook Book," published in 1960, she says, "This book is for those of us who want to fold our big dishwater hands around a dry Martini instead of a wet flounder, come the end of a long day."
Fifty years later, those sentiments remain the same for the busy professional woman who juggles between being on top of her job and being the happy homemaker.
For the 50th anniversary of this best selling cookbook that has been out of print for many years, Peg's daughter Jo has tested and revised or updated the recipes and written the introduction to the new edition in tribute to her mother. Jo says the idea for the book was spawned by Peg, an advertising copywriter and several of her professional friends in the 1950's when their families were tiring of the same old foods being served.
They formed "the Hags" coming together for cocktails and sharing and swapping their recipes. It was at these cocktail-recipe get-togethers, where they "pooled their ignorance" and the seed was planted for "The I Hate to Cook Book."