Best Recipes From the backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars by Ceil Dyer (1989)

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Good condition. Recipes from 1980's. Soups, Sandwiches, appetizers, snacks, all-American sauces. A century's worth of proven, simple, highly popular food secrets.


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