Joy of Cooking, 1953, As-If-New! With Pristine Dust Jacket, First Edition, First Printing



Joy of Cooking, 1953, As-If-New! Someone owned this 1953 Joy once. And she used it, because there’s a Sunbeam handout used to mark a place in the Fish chapter. However, those are the only ways to tell this book has been used! It is spotless! There’s no signature. The binding is perfect. The cover is perfect. The pages are perfect. The dust jacket has a little shelf wear on the top and bottom of the spine. Other than that, it is mint. This cookbook is really special. It is gift quality for a really special person.

The Joy of Cooking, written by Irma S. Rombauer with her daughter, Marion Rombauer Becker. Illustrated by Ginnie Hofmann. Published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., Indianapolis and New York. Originally published in 1931, this copy is from the 1953 revised edition. Hard cover. 1013 pages. Mint condition. I think this is the last edition that was revised by Irma Rombauer herself.

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 used.

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