Peg Bracken, Cookbook Revolutionary, Dies at 89

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Author Peg Bracken, who wrote the I Hate to Cook Book in 1960, died Saturday at age 89.

She told NPR in 1999 that the popular book came from her own ambitious feelings about food. She liked to eat but didn't want to be a slave to the kitchen, so she had recipes that used all the shortcuts, from canned mushroom soup as a topping to frozen foods and mixes.

She wanted women to have time to smoke cigarettes and drink cocktails.



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