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Joy of Cooking [Hardcover]

Irma Starkhoff Rombauer
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31 Oct 2006
This authoritative American classic has now been updated with new chapters to reflect changing tastes and lifestyles. It is a remarkable reference for everyday cooking, and has 4,500 recipes, 500 of them new, a user-friendly index, and a metric converter.


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  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 75th edition (31 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743246268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743246262
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.3 x 6.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The "Joy of Cooking" has always been a very important book. When it was first published, it made a great impression on American cooking. It is, and should continue to be a staple in any good culinary collection because Irma's voice is there with you in the kitchen giving guidance and encouragement and friendly tips and reminders. The why's and how's are carefully explained, and that's what makes "Joy" a fundamental resource for any American cook!" -- Julia Child, June 2004

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime book 25 Dec 2011
By Travers
Format:Hardcover
My first copy of Joy was the 1984 34th edition of the 1975 book sent by an American friend along with a set of cup measures, I enjoyed it from the moment I opened the cover as a good read, I loved the recipes, I preserved the book by putting a plastic cover over the dust jacket, I put the book too near the hob and found that plastic covers are not a good idea near heat. I loved the book (still do), I felt that i wanted something updated and bought the 75th anniversary edition. It is a different book, just as good and now sits on the bookshelf next to its older sibling, they are both valid in their own ways.

My only quible was with the drawing of the squirrel in the game recipe section, it was a bit of a shock when i first saw it in the earlier edition then it became a friend flipping through the book there would be Nutkin having his jumper pulled off. The later edition has a more sophisticated version of the same drawing somehow it isn't the same friendly little fellow, I don't know about the quality of the recipe which goes with it - i'm a veggie. I do think the selection of recipes for veggies has improved a great deal, the earlier book will always be a good friend from a time when the world was a lot simpler but I do think the later book is better in most ways, the old favourites are still there but I am trying more of the new recipes. Can't wait for the version in 20 years time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic american cookbook 5 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a hefty tome, and has just about any recipe you might want to cook, measurments are in cups and US ounces, but don't be put off by that, it is an american book after all! - its a bit like a modern day Mrs Beetons
Book was as described
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best value 4 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I lost my copy of this classic cookbook and wanted to replace without paying 35 for a new one. This arrived promptly and is in excellent condition.
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