The Fun To Cook Book is a cuteness overload.
It is the vintage version of the Powerpuff Girls. Cute, all the way from the playful pinks and blues on the cover, to the kitschy illustrations throughout, to the letter that begins the cookbook, from little Margie Blake. But there’s a nefarious plan underway on the part of the parents, with the crafting of this cookbook.
Margie’s mom is Mary Blake, the real-life author of many cookbooks for Carnation milk products. Margie decided (though I suspect it probably was power-hungry mom who actually decided) it was time for a kids’ cookbook so that kids can “have fun really cooking.”
It really is adorable. Though I think this cookbook is intended for 8-9 year old kids, “Margie” in this cookbook looks like she’s about 3 years old.
It doesn’t just guide young cooks through recipes that they themselves might enjoy, but instructs them in preparing for meals food that other people may enjoy. “Everybody likes sandwiches!” There’s a section on packing a lunch for “extra hungry picnickers”, and another on fixing breakfast for Daddy on “the morning Mom slept late.” And another on one-dish dinners.
Now there’s no turning back for this poor kid. She is really working hard, making all the meals, setting the table, clearing the table (“Guests first!”) and washing the dishes. Margie may be regretting at this point that she ever came up with this cookbook idea.
My favorite page is the illustration and caption for the Sunday Night Supper. Now that this kid has been shown the ropes in the kitchen by Mom, she’s been told that she’s “experienced enough” to get supper by herself! Mr. and Mrs. Blake gleefully race to the car; Daddy is dragging mother along in his desperation to get the heck out of there! Little toddler-esque Margie is left alone… silhouetted in the doorway.
I’m guessing Mom will “sleep late” again the next morning, too.
At the end of the book a note from Margie Blake says, “If your mother will write to my mother you can have your first cookbook library.”
Be careful what you wish for, kids!
- This recipe is from the Fun To Cookbook. Ingredients and directions are listed below as they appear in the book!
Supper cocoa “ingredients” for 4 people are
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup sugar
1-2/3 cups water
1-2/3 cups (large can) Carnation Evaporated Milk
It’s so easy. Here’s all you do.
- Measure 1/4 cup cocoa; put into medium-sized saucepan. Measure 1/4 cup sugar and mix with cocoa in saucepan. (I use a wooden spoon for mixing.)
- Measure the 1-2/3 cups water in a 4-cup measure and mix it with 1 large can Carnation Evaporated Milk.
- Add 1/2 cup of the Carnation Milk and water mixture to cocoa in saucepan. Stir until smooth.
- Add rest of Carnation and water. Heat over low heat 5-6 minutes.
- Put a marshmallow in each cup. Pour cocoa over marshmallow.