“a fundamental resource for any American cook” (Julia Child) Irma Rombauer's The Joy of Cooking; Lengthily Inscribed by Her

  • The Joy of Cooking.

The Joy of Cooking.


Item Number: 20041

Indianapolis/ New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1953.

First edition of the 1953 edition of Rombauer’s classic work. Octavo, original pictorial cloth, illustrated by Ginnie Hofmann. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Marilyn Lord- with the best of wishes from Irma, (and from hers most cordially.) Irma S. Rombauer.” Very good with some wear to the cloth, recipe notes throughout in pencil and to the final three pages in a very good dust jacket with a few small closed tears.

In 1931, Irma Rombauer announced that she intended to turn her personal collection of recipes and cooking techniques into a cookbook. Cooking could no longer remain a private passion for Irma. She had recently been widowed and needed to find a way to support her family. Irma was a celebrated St. Louis hostess who sensed that she was not alone in her need for a no-nonsense, practical resource in the kitchen. So, mustering what assets she had, she self-published The Joy of Cooking: A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat. Out of these unlikely circumstances was born the most authoritative cookbook in America, the book your grandmother and mother probably learned to cook from.

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