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The Joy of Cooking: Facsimile Ed Hardcover – Facsimile, 25 May 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; Facsimile edition (25 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684833581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684833583
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,856,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

These pages reveal why The Joy of Cooking has become a legacy of learning and pleasure for generations of users. Irma's sensible, fearless approach to cooking and her reassuring voice offer both novice and experienced cooks everything they need to produce a crackling crust on roasts and bake the perfect cake. All the old classics are here - Chicken a la King, Molded Cranberry Nut Salad, and Charlotte Russe to name a few - but so are dozens of unexpected recipes such as Risotto and Roasted Spanish Onions, dishes that seem right at home on our tables today.

About the Author

Irma Rombauer self-published the first "Joy of Cooking" in 1931 with the small insurance payout she received after her husband committed suicide during the Great Depression. Suddenly, society wives who used to enjoy a kitchen staff no longer had the money to employ them and began cooking for themselves. The instruction "stand facing the stove" was a bit more pragmatic than we realize. In 1936, the first commercial edition was published by Bobbs-Merrill. Marion Rombauer Becker, Irma's daughter, joined the Joy dynasty and revised and updated each subsequent edition until 1975. That edition was the first after Irma's death and was completely Marion's. Her son, Ethan Becker, has returned the book to the family's voice, revising the 1975 edition for the 75th Anniversary Edition.

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I bought this more for historical interest and as a refrence book than because I needed another cookbook. It is interesting to see what people were eating in the 1920s and early Depression before mayonnaise became de rigeur, and before the only spices anyone used were garlic, chili and basil. I did make the pie crust on page 209, and it turned out well.
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Joy is an old time favorite but had gotten out of date with modern life. This revised version has been modernized and has goot tips for fat control, etc. If a home can have only one cookbook, this should be it Recipes are plain, clear and easy to follow. Great basictool.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94eb2f24) out of 5 stars 54 reviews
139 of 141 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94f309cc) out of 5 stars Fantastic re-issue - before major publishing 13 July 2004
By Raechel Reiter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is the 1st, as in before they got picked up by a major publisher.
Don't let that kid you. This book is GREAT and professional.
Irma made up the style of cookbook we know today. Listing all ingredients up front etc. A true pioneer.
She took her book to a little printer and had a run made. That book (which this is a faithful copy of) fell into the right hands and the rest was cookbook history.
Fantastic old recipes. Even old German ones, and other euro recipes etc. Not a bland cookbook of old junk. It is all old treasures.
She always made up several variations of a recipe and had friends and acquaintances as a tasters panel. The winning versions of each are in the book.
The Dust jacket is washable with a moist cloth even on her first book, she was a very smart lady.
Buy this book and enjoy recipes that are no longer in the latest JOY. There just isn't room for everything now. And this is the old fashioned way of making them all. I am big on taste!
A must have in the kitchen.
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95564690) out of 5 stars Original Joy of Cooking 11 Jan. 2000
By Sallee K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book with recipes long since forgotten. Easy to read and easy recipes to prepare. The author original humor still in the book which makes it so much better.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95564594) out of 5 stars Time Travel in Cooking 11 Jan. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love old cookbooks, and this was published in 1931, the year after my parents were married and the 2nd year of the Great Depression. There are a lot of recipes using celery,for instance, and the emphasis, quite naturally, is plain meals using readily available food and not wasting anything. Cooks in 2009 could take a leaf out of Mrs. Rombauer's book in that regard. This was before frozen food and many women did not work outside the home and they cooked from scratch, which is cheaper. There is a 6 page section at the back of the book, "Recipes & Suggestions for Leftover Food."
So far, I have not found many recipes I want to run to the kitchen and make, but it is nostalgic to see what recipes and methods women were using back then. I am inspired to look in the more recent "Joy"'s for updated versions. I am glad I bought this copy- I already have about 4 "Joy"'s from other years and I may get another vintage "Joy" from another year, maybe the 1943(War years) or 1951. I was born in 1945 and cook regularly out of the 1950 "Betty Crocker" cookbook since it was the first cookbook my mother owned after using the little cookbook she used in her high school cooking class-"Foods: Preparation & Serving", published in 1925. It's a wonderful series and I feel really connected with the women who have gone before me. I would recommend this for nostalgia's sake, mostly, not as a book to cook one's daily meals. I bought it for myself for Christmas, but I think it would make a nice gift for a woman who likes to cook- unusual, and most people wouldn't think of buying this vintage version for themselves.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95831ccc) out of 5 stars Original Joy of Cooking 11 Jan. 2000
By Sallee K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book with recipes long since forgotten. Easy to read and easy recipes to prepare. The author original humor still in the book which makes it so much better.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9582d7c8) out of 5 stars But know what you're buying. 17 April 2008
By Dixie Diamond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't know how one rates a reprinted book.

Cookbooks have changed considerably over the past century. This is a REPRINT of the original 1931 cookbook, meaning that the recipes, methods, and layout/instructional style are from 1931. It's not just "retro recipes". It is *not* a modern cookbook. The vagueness of some of the directions and the odd recipes are par for the course for cookbooks of this vintage. You think these are weird? Look up some late 19th century cookbooks and see how much sense they make.

If what you really want is a "daily driver" cookbook, give up the nostalgia and get one of the newer editions. I don't actually cook out of this thing much but I find it interesting to read.
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