Let's see how '70s families saved money for 8-track tapes, Daisy Dukes, and macrame wall hangings.
Those enormous hamburger patties look as if they're meant for one of those food challenges at a forcibly-"fun" restaurant. Eat the full burger and ten pounds of coleslaw in under an hour without hosing the place down with semi-digested beef and cabbage, and you can have a free T-shirt!
So are those big burgers what they appear to be?
At least in the '70s, a recipe that starts out by spreading a quarter-pound of butter on a full loaf of bread that will be topped with three pounds of meat is meant to feed a crowd.
And hey-- the pretty tomato and cucumber flower on top means it's even got some fresh vegetables!
The writers must have been really proud of this one, too, since there's a second photo (though not a full color one):
This cookbook isn't all straight-up burgers, though. There are some interesting variations:
they're real, and they're crap-tacular.) with ground beef and seasonings, then serve them over tortillas that have been shredded for some reason.
Mexican Meat Patties call for actual chili powder, corn tortillas, and green chili salsa. A "Chinese" dish in the casserole chapter has a more dubious connection to its supposed heritage:
My "favorite" recipe, though, is of course one of the weirdest:
Sane people. That's who. But apparently, sane people did not edit Sunset Magazine.
Happy Cookbook Wednesday! Get out there and center yourself on something more pleasant than a banana mini-meatloaf.
Thanks again to Louise from Months of Edible Celebrations for hosting.