Joy of Cooking

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Hardcover, Scribner Book Company, 2006, ISBN# 0743246268

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Seventy-five years ago, a St. Louis widow named Irma Rombauer took her life savings and self-published a book called The Joy of Cooking. Her daughter Marion tested recipes and made the illustrations, and they sold their mother-daughter project from Irma's apartment.

Today, nine revisions later, the Joy of Cooking -- selected by The New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century -- has taught tens of millions of people to cook, helped feed and delight millions beyond that, answered countless kitchen and food questions, and averted many a cooking crisis.

Ethan Becker, Marion's son, leads the latest generation of JOY, still a family affair, into the twenty-first century with a 75th anniversary edition that draws upon the best of the past while keeping its eye on the way we cook now. It features a rediscovery of the witty, clear voices of Marion Becker and Irma Rombauer, whose first instructions to the cook were "stand facing the stove".

JOY remains the greatest teaching cookbook ever written. Reference material gives cooks the precise information they need for success. New illustrations focus on techniques, including everything from knife skills to splitting cake layers, setting a table, and making tamales.

This edition also brings back the encyclopedic chapter Know Your Ingredients. The chapter that novices and pros alike have consulted for over thirty years has been revised, expanded, and banded, making it a book within a book. Cooking Methods shows cooks how to braise, steam, roast, saut, and deep-fry effortlessly, while an all-new Nutrition chapter has the latest thinking on healthy eating -- as well as a large dose of common sense.

This edition restores the personality of the book, reinstating popular elements such as the grab-bag Brunch, Lunch, and Supper chapter and chapters on frozen desserts, cocktails, beer and wine, canning, salting, smoking, jellies and preserves, pickles and relishes, and freezing foods. Fruit recipes bring these favorite ingredients into all courses of the meal, and there is a new grains chart. There are even recipes kids will enjoy making and eating, such as Chocolate Dipped Bananas, Dyed Easter Eggs, and the ever-popular Pizza.

In addition to hundreds of brand-new recipes, this JOY is filled with many recipes from all previous editions, retested and reinvented for today's tastes.

This is the JOY for how we live now. Knowing that most cooks are sometimes in a hurry to make a meal, the JOY now has many new dishes ready in 30 minutes or less. Slow cooker recipes have been added for the first time, and Tuna Casserole made with canned cream of mushroom soup is back. This JOY shares how to save time without losing flavor by using quality convenience foods such as canned stocks and broths, beans, tomatoes, and soups, as well as a wide array of frozen ingredients. Cooking creatively with leftovers emphasizes ease and economy, and casseroles -- those simple, satisfying, make-ahead, no-fuss dishes -- abound. Especially important to busy households is a new section that teaches how to cook and freeze for a day and eat for a week, in an effort to eat more home-cooked meals, save money, and dine well.

As always, JOY grows with the times: this edition boasts an expanded Vegetables chapter, including instructions on how to cook vegetables in the microwave, and an expanded baking section, Irma's passion -- always considered a stand-alone bible within the JOY.

This all-new, all-purpose anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking offers endless choice for virtually every occasion, situation, and need, from a 10-minute stir-fry on a weekday night to Baby Back Ribs and Grilled Corn in the backyard, or a towering Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. JOY will show you the delicious way just as it has done for countless cooks before you.

Even after 75 years, the span of culinary information is breathtaking and covers everything from boiling eggs (there are two schools of thought) to showstopping, celebratory dishes such as Beef Wellington, Roast Turkey and Bread Stuffing, and Crown Roast of Pork.

Happy Anniversary, JOY!

Specifications

Publisher: Scribner
Publish Date: Oct 31, 2006
ISBN-13: 9780743246262
ISBN-10: 0743246268
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1152
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.3 x 6.6 x 2.5
Walmart No.: 743246268
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Best Cookbook To Have Around the House!
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Customer review by Blueboy499

5.0 stars by Blueboy499

This is by far one of the best cook books I have come across. Unlike many of the cook books that I own, The Joy of Cooking 75th Anniversary Edition just like it's original (The Joy of Cooking) provides recipes and instructions as well as insight into cooking techniques that can be used for the rest of your life. If you read this book and gain the skills and abilities taught by this book, you can cook almost anything you want.

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best comprehensive cookbook
11/10/2011

Customer review by recoun

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this is the cookbook every kitchen should have - loads of recipes and food information. Well worth the price and timeless

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Great deal!
1/9/2010

Customer review by lesbngrrl

5.0 stars by lesbngrrl

This is a $35 book that only cost $15 here. I needed it rushed for Christmas, so the shipping was almost $7, but it arrived on time and it was well worth the shipping cost, particularly since the closest online price I could find was $20 plus shipping. I own 2 older copies of Joy, so I knew the book was what I wanted for my granddaughter's gift. It's truly the cooking bible.

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West Boylston, Massachusetts
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