The Beer Makes It Better Cookbook
Maria Russell and Maxine Stromberg
Larchmont New York residents Maria Russell and Maxine Stromberg combined their skills to produce The Beer Makes It Better Cookbook. Maria Russell is a writer with a passion for cooking and Maxine Stromberg is an expert cook. They wrote this book in 1971 for the novice home cook and the book reflects 1960's cooking. Most recipes just call for beer and by beer they mean American Standard Lager. Many of the recipes rely on canned ingredients and they even have Jello recipes. Some even call for dehydrated soup mix. That said, they have an interesting array of recipes, that include: 24 Hors d'Oeuvres, 10 soups, 37 beer, 10 pork 14 fish, 15 vegetable, 11 breads, 14 desserts, 4 beverages and sauces, 7 salad, 9 cheese and 4 egg recipes that use beer as an ingredient. For those who lived through the 60's as children will find relics that they may have had at family dinners or neighborhood picnics enhanced with beer. These recipes might form the basis for a retro dinner or party. The patient reader will find some hidden gems, especially in the beef and pork chapters.