I love pasta so much that I often wonder when pasta became such a popular dish in America. It was definitely not in the 1950s. In this entire cook book, there is no mention of "pasta". So, you will definitely not find a recipe on how to make Garlic Shrimp Pasta in this cook book. But you will learn about what Americans used to cook and eat in the 1950s. The interesting illustrations show how families looked so different back then, gone now are the days when stay home moms were all dressed up cooking for their families. I can only imagine how it's like to be in a world where home cook meals and the role of a home maker was taken so seriously. I enjoy reading this book because reading about the instruction on how to slaughter a chicken and how to section and cook a rabbit really opens my eyes to see the past of America's home kitchens. It's really fascinating to me. The meal planning section provides menu ideas that are very inspiring even for today. I think this book is a valuable piece of the American History.