The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker

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The Joy of Cooking is one of the United States' most-published cookbooks, having been in print continuously since 1936 and with more than 18 million copies sold. It was privately published in 1931 by Irma S. Rombauer, a homemaker in St. Louis, Missouri, who was struggling emotionally and financially after her husband's suicide the previous year. Rombauer had 3,000 copies printed by A.C. Clayton, a company which had printed labels for fancy St. Louis shoe companies and for Listerine, but never a book. In 1936, the book was picked up by a commercial printing house, the Bobbs-Merrill Company. Joy is the backbone of many home cooks' libraries and is commonly found in commercial kitchens as well.

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The 155th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 41st on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)

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