Saturday, December 21, 2013

Give the gift of sliced poultry

If you need a last-minute gift idea, check out Betty Crocker's Hostess Cookbook (1967):

Who wouldn't love the gift of poultry shears? My strictly vegetarian husband, for one.

Since most old cookbooks imagined women in their primary audiences and presumed that men were uninterested in cooking except for the occasional grilling party, I really wonder whether even the editors considered it "an inspired Christmas present" to give a tool to make the man's one holiday chore slightly easier. I suspect this is a suggestion for a passive-aggressive way of getting back at husbands who thought a set of kitchen towels or a new vacuum cleaner would make lovely gifts.

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