Fads come and go. I am a child of the 1970s and was a teenager in the 1980s. Although there are fads that I cannot believe have come back from those decades (e.g. shag carpet which, horrifyingly enough, I’ve discovered that I want. In the form of a shag rug. In black. In my living room. Go figure), there are also a few that would be kind of neat to see again. My favourite colour is orange after all.
When I mentioned to Mudder that I was interested in a Weight Watchers cookbook for Christmas this year, she pointed me in the direction of her cookbook collection. I should probably add here that my parents have a motto: If we ever had it, we still have it. If objects from the late 1960s and on can be considered vintage, then look no further than my parent’s basement. Off I trotted to find the cookbook she was talking about.
The premise behind the 1981 publication that I found is the provision of a menu for a year – all 365 days of it. The first section is divided into weeks with menu suggestions for each day of a given week. If our scanner upstairs was working, I would scan day one of week one to show you because this is really the type of food lifestyle change that should be making the public sit up and listen. Amongst the food options for the midday meal, with your cauliflower and zucchini soup and your shrimp scampi, you also get to enjoy 4 fluid ounces of champagne.
For Christmas this year, I was lucky enough to receive a (new) Weight Watchers cookbook, new running shoes and a treadmill (I was also assured that no one was trying to tell me something…;)!). Combined with Mudder’s ‘old’ Weight Watchers book, I should be able to exercise, drink beer (or champagne), and lose weight. Now that is my kind of menu planning!
Excuse me. I’m off to check out Weight Watchers’ 1981 take on chocolate…