10 Classic Cookbooks to Treasure

'The Joy of Cooking' by Irma S. Rombauer (1936) 1 of 11

October 19, 2011

'The Joy of Cooking' is the most-published and most famous American cookbook in history. In the 1920s, Irma had taught a few cooking classes at her church; and after being widowed, she decided to take her life savings and publish a book of recipes, which her daughter tested out and illustrated and the two sold out of her apartment. Today, every professional chef or serious cook has a copy of Irma's recipe book, and it is still being published.

Opening with a little lesson on calories, fats and carbs and with Irma's simple philosophy on food, this recipe manual can guide you through everything from anchovy butter to lemon chiffon pie to creole braised pork chops. Cook up a little piece of history, why don't you?

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