I just got a cookbooklet from hmm I think 1942:
Is it me misunderstanding (or me being a crazy-slow cook), or have I been seeing a lot of pressure in social media to make so many of one's own foods that one would have no time to hold down a job, write another book, take care of an infant, etc etc?
But this book does not go overboard on buying already-made foods, which also would not suit me at all; it uses good real foods and just suggests a few premade treats (like tonight is a coconut cupcake, if one can find a good version of that...). In fact, in with the step-by-step meal plans are elegant ideas like "put your plate to warm"!
Let me hasten to say it's not that the book is against say making your own preserved lemons if you have time -- in fact, Alice Waters' recipe in her Pantry book takes almost no time at all -- it's just that it's realistic in a very kind and very elegant way.