The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer - Illustrated by Marion Rombauer Becker - 1946 Edition
Tradition speaks to us in these pages, a tradition of plenty which should always be ours, and which will be, with the intelligent use of our mighty weapon, the cooking spoon. Irma S. Rombauer (from the Preface to the 1943 Edition)
The Joy of Cooking is iconic in American culture. What Irma Rombauer started in 1931, when she published the first version of Joy of Cooking, went on to become the most beloved cookbook of all time, a nostalgic favorite that has sold millions of copies throughout its lifetime. Over the course of 80 years, there have been eight revisions of her 800-page cooking bible. This is the 1946 edition, a revised version of the 1943 edition. It is illustrated by her daughter Marion, who in later editions would help revise each successive cookbook and eventually manage along with her husband John, the Joy dynasty once Irma passed away.
Stemming from practical education, Irma in her cookbook, set out to easily guide home cooks through the exciting possibilities and adventures that waited in the kitchen. Clearly and concisely laying out each recipe and the techniques to prepare it, Irma literally taught millions of cooks how to prepare food in interesting and delicious ways.
Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, there have been 15 editions of Joy printed, each one containing their own bit of unique information as the century evolved. Ths 1946 edition is a revision of the 1943 edition which had included sections on World War II rationing. in this volume, the rationing chapters were removed and heavier focus was placed on quick meals and streamlined cooking for households who were short on time.
We are very excited to continually offer different editions of Joy in the shop, as it still remains the most beloved cookbook when it comes to American fare. Find more versions in the shop here, along with detailed notes on what makes each volume unique.
- Illustrated throughout by Marion Rombauer Becker
- 884 pages
- 1946 edition
In lovely vintage condition with bright cover boards, and all pages intact. There are a few random cooking splatter marks on some of the pages as to be expected, and a vintage newspaper clipping taped to the inside cover about the merits of Wacky Cake. There is a small tear in the top edge of the spine and the seams of the inside front and back cover have started to pull away from the cookbooks leaving the cloth binding somewhat exposed. None of these flaws affect the use of the book in any way. All the interior pages are bright and clean. Please see photos.
Measures 5.75" inches (width) x 8.5" inches (length) x 1.75" inches (thickness)a nd weighs just over 2lbs.