1984 – Cook is a 4-Letter Word! was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Gloria Pitzer’s Secret Recipes, St. Clair, MI). NO LONGER IN PRINT – at 120-pages with a 5.5″ x 8.5″ format, this nifty little book is full of well-balanced meals for the unbalanced cook! It also has goodies to take the monotony out of mealtime and turn the task of cooking into a treat – rather than a treatment! If you like to laugh while cooking or cook while laughing, this is the book for you! This book is also for the “I-don’t-cook-much…” cook! It’s the kind of book you can enjoy reading without ever having to turn on the stove! The recipes are basic and wonderful – for when you don’t have the time, energy nor extensive supply of ingredients – and the conversation that each recipe includes should leave you with a complete understanding of how to confront any challenge in the kitchen!
Sub-Titles: “Recipes to Swear by Instead of At”
Years: Nov 1984 & Mar 1989
Recipes: 447 listed in 1st printing; 437 listed in 2nd printing
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Price: 1st printing – unknown; 2nd printing – $7
Used copies on eBay: $29.99 for 2nd printing, plus another book
1973 – The Better Cooker’s Cookbook was written, illustrated and published by Gloria Pitzer (Happy Newspaper Features; Algonac, MI), having a 5.5” x 8.5” format of 53 pages, filled with humorous quips, tips and cartoons; plus, over 150 index listings. NO LONGER IN PRINT – This is a collection of recipes that Gloria originally published in Cookbook Corner, a recipe column she syndicated to many newspapers for over 5 years. The recipes were all “reluctant-cook-budget-tested” by Gloria and her family of seven! The books sold for $1.50 each, plus $0.25 postage.
This cookbook was part of Gloria Pitzer’s “Laughable Books”™ series, which were free-lanced in newspapers and magazines, previously included Reliable Recipes for Reluctant Cooks, Helpful Hints for Helpless Housekeepers (or Housework has its Hang-Ups), Shakespeare: Wherefore Art Though? (or It Could be Verse), What Dr. Spock Left Out (or Bringing Up Parents), Full House as Kept by Gloria Pitzer and Woman’s Lip as Ms-Pronounced by Gloria Pitzer.
Sub-Titles: “Budget Recipes”, “Over 200 Simple Sensible Suggestions from and for Semi-Gourmets”