Warm fuzzy memories go suddenly bad when you realize that the success or failure of the family holiday has just been placed squarely upon your shoulders in the form of a dessert you haven't a clue how to cook. Damn that bridge club! A quick call back to Aunt Eunice reveals, "It's simple, honey, all you need is The Joy of Cooking."
In 1931, Mrs. Irma von Starkloff Rombauer was newly widowed and in need of a way to support her family. The celebrated St. Louis hostess struck on the idea of turning her personal recipes and cooking techniques into a book. She self- published The Joy of Cooking: A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat, and the legend was born. Aunt Mabels everywhere related to Irma's sensible, fearless approach to the culinary arts, and Chicken à la King, Risotto, and Roasted Spanish Onions found their way onto our tables. The Joy of Cooking quickly became a modern masterpiece, the stuff of legends, the foundation of family dinners everywhere.
This facsimile of the original 1931 edition offers ample proof why The Joy of Cooking, at 15 million copies and counting, remains one of the most popular cookbooks of all time. This is where it all began, and while her Shrimp Wiggle may not be in vogue anymore, a certain pie recipe just might save your family holiday. --Mark O. Howerton
This is a lot of fun if you love old cookbooks. Since it is a reprint of the 1931 original, the directions are vague compared to cookbooks today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Reader
As I go more and more toward whole foods and away from processed, it's fun to dig into the original Joy of Cooking. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elizabeth B
I wanted the original recipes from the 60's and this book provides that. The only thing that was a little disappointing was the size of the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carol L. Meldrum
I'm glad I bought this book. I didn't like the edition of Joy I bought when I was setting up my home but I do like this edition, which has many of the recipes my favorite aunt... Read morePublished 9 months ago by hazeleyes
love reading about the history of how the book came to me. I had a great aunt how cooked out of this edition. It brings back very fond memoriesPublished 11 months ago by Martine Ham
I love the history of seeing the original recipes of a cookbook that is often referred to as "the bible of home cooks. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tommy Girl
I found the original Joy of Cooking to be what I expected, a record of receipes used during the early part of the 20th Century and those my grandmothers would have used,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Beth Marano