The Joy of Cooking

The Joy of Cooking

Since its original publication, Joy of Cooking has been the most authoritative cookbook in America, the one upon which millions of cooks have confidently relied for more than sixty-five years. It's the book your grandmother and mother probably learned to cook from, the book you gave your sister when she got married. This, the first revision in more than twenty years, is be Since its original publication, Joy of Cooking has been the most authoritative cookbook in America, the one upon which mi...

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Title:The Joy of Cooking
Author:Irma S. Rombauer
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:The Joy of Cooking
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:1152 pages pages

The Joy of Cooking Reviews

  • Kecia
    Jun 21, 2007
    Started as a project for my church back in the 1930s here in St. Louis, The Joy of Cooking is now an American classic. It is encyclopedic in scope. If you just want to know how to boil an egg...it's in there. If a friend brings you rudabaga...there's a recipe for that, eel....there's a...
  • Kim
    Jun 17, 2007
    Goodness gracious, this book could be called "The Kitchen Bible". It has contains information on anything and everything you could ever want to know about preparing food. I don't understand how anyone can possibly know this much (I think writing this book would be more difficult than w...
  • February Four
    Dec 26, 2010
    For Christmas, I decided I was going to have Japanese strawberry shortcake (as in a sponge cake filled with strawberries and cream). I needed a basic sponge cake recipe and couldn't find one anywhere, not even in my usual high-altitude baking bible, Pie in the Sky, nor in the other boo...
  • Rob
    Oct 14, 2007
    I would not consider this my "everyday" cookbook but the The Joy of Cooking is a definite must for anyone that takes their cooking seriously, enjoys spending a bit of time in the kitchen, and needs a good all-purpose reference that covers everything from emergency substitutions to comp...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 10, 2007
    i love this old 1973 edition rescued from my mom's basement. the writing style is awesome: you can hear them chiding you for your awkward kitchen skills. heavily uses ingredients that are out of fashion now, so that's historically interesting: lots of parsley, livers, anchovies, tarrag...
  • Dianne
    Aug 29, 2007
    In their attempt to modernize the book, the authors omitted many recipes and techniques that are still relevant. Where is Sole Florentine, for heavens sake? And while not many families routinely can or freeze food as a winter survival strategy, there are still times when I would like t...
  • Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
    Aug 05, 2011
    There were things I liked and didn?t like about this cookbook. What didn?t I like? For one, the length. I get it?s meant to be the guide to cooking, but goodness! It?s a long book, complete with a nutrition guide, a section for entertaining, a section of different menus, plu...
  • Katies_Faves
    Dec 21, 2007
    The day I found out my grandmother was dying was the day I got this book. She was sick and we were both very hopeful that she would get better. She was lying on the couch in the living room and asked me to boil her a potato. I, being 19, had NO idea how to boil a potato! But I did n...
  • Carey
    Mar 04, 2008
    The 1997 edition is infallible. The pre-1997 editions are good if you want to can or pickle your own veg, cook opossum, and make aspic. The fifth edition, ie the 75th Anniversary edition shown in the picture above, contains too much retro-inspired nonsense and does not continue...
  • Jonspillers
    Jan 04, 2010
    My parents bought me my first copy of Joy in 1998. Somewhere along the line I broke its back so I recently purchased a new copy. I expect that tells you how much I value this cookbook. It is far from the only cookbook in our home, but it gets used more than any other. I have seen other...
  • Steven Peterson
    Sep 12, 2010
    I have a copy of the 1997 edition of ?Joy of Cooking.? It is probably my most used cookbook. The recipes are doable (for the most part), clearly written, and produce nice tasting meals! I am a big fan of that classic. And this volume represents the 75th anniversary version of this ...
  • Steven Peterson
    Sep 12, 2010
    This is an excellent cookbook. As my eyesight is not what it once was, I wish that the print were larger; on the other hand, this book is now 1000 pages long. I'd rather settle for smaller print and a less heavy book! And the length is one of the pluses of this book. Other cookbook...
  • Joy
    May 14, 2009
    I got this way back when I first got married. I wasn't a good cook then and I'm not now! This cookbook didn't help! ...
  • Barbara
    Jan 23, 2011
    I don't know why it took so long for me to include this very worthy book to my Goodreads Library. This is my second copy. The first, a paperback, became so tattered and worn that my son presented this valued edition as a gift. I have been cooking for more than forty years, but continue...
  • Linda Stewart
    Nov 28, 2011
    For someone who thinks the only necessary kitchen appliance is a coffeemaker (ok, and maybe a microwave), I am fascinated by The Joy of Cooking. I know people who read cookbooks. My Aunt Helen, for one. Others collect them. My neighbor, Elspeth Smith had all the Junior League cookbooks...
  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    Oct 31, 2011
    If you look on GoodReads under "Popular Cookbooks Books" (sic) the Joy of Cooking is right at the top. It's reputably the go to cookbook, a "teaching" cookbook for those who don't just burn toast, they're capable of burning water. I'm not that bad, but neither am I a gourmet---I could ...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    Sep 28, 2010
    This big, amazing book covers about everything one needs to know. Procedures, instructions, recipes, techniques, guides, food charts. This needs to be in every cooks library. Timeless information ...
  • Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
    Dec 05, 2010
    Simply put: My cooking Bible. I could not live without it. From drinks, to appetizers, to brunch, to soups, to tasty vegetable dishes, to meat courses, to fish, to desserts...this is it! I've learned to prepare rabbits and squirrel, made spaetzle and dumplings, elegant dessert...
  • Julie
    Jun 22, 2017
    I took my time reading this cook book, but I found it a pleasant read and was educational. Nice basic cookbook. ...
  • Laurie Stoll
    Feb 26, 2011
    Although this book is FILLED with recipes, it was always one of the last I would look through for recipes. ...
  • The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
    Jul 03, 2013
    I grew up with this cook book. The version I learned to cook from and came to love was given to my mother as a wedding gift to my mother. Thanks to my mother's help, I believe that should be the 1951 version as seen here. This book has a recipe for just about anything you might wan...
  • Laura Zimmerman
    Jan 20, 2013
    Over the years I have collected many cookbooks. Some for the recipes, some for the photos, some for the trial-and-error variations on different recipes...cookbooks are appealing to me for lots of reasons. However, despite my sagging shelves full of cookbooks, I didn't have a copy of Th...
  • Lysistrata
    Sep 13, 2018
    Technically DNF. Not for lack of want, but for lack of time. It's been on my "currently reading" list for 3+ years, and I haven't touched even a quarter of the recipes inside. Of what I did make (mostly eggs, cookies, and a handful of miscellaneous items), JOY OF COOKING is a s...
  • Val
    Aug 13, 2016
    Been hip to this book and have used it here and there ( I don't really cook all that much), but last night I made a mac and cheese for a large family dinner, and that shit was flame so I decided to shout them out. ...
  • Manik Sukoco
    Dec 24, 2015
    I'll start with the written content: this cookbook is a complete guide not just for cooking, but for food as a whole. There are recipes for every conceivable type of consumable. Beverages (nonalcoholic and alcoholic), appetizers, snacks, candies, jellies, desserts, sauces/toppings, stu...
  • Natalie Rood
    Apr 01, 2017
    This book is an absolute classic and for good reason. If I want to experiment with a new ingredient that's on sale at the grocery store, I can almost always find a recipe in my lovely handmedown copy of Joy of Cooking. I've been told that the 6th edition is the "definitive" one, but I'...
  • Cynthia Nobles
    Jan 31, 2016
    I develop lots of recipes, and when I need to know what's considered standard ingredients for a specific dish, I always turn to this book. It's a great reference source. If you never owned another cookbook, you could get along fine with just this one. ...
  • katwiththehat
    Jun 25, 2018
    No pictures, but everything in this cookbook is delicious. ...
  • Corban Ford
    Jun 25, 2018
    I enjoyed flipping through this, and I made a pretty good dinner ALL BY MYSELF. (what an achievement right?) The Joy of Cooking just has so much depth to it, with hundreds of recipes, add ons, possible amendments, and very interesting segments on cuts of meat, best way to use grains, a...
  • Gibby
    Feb 13, 2018
    Your mouth will be watering at the sight of this scrumpush and beautiful book. The taste will remind you of a simpler time in american history. Food buffs alike will enjoy the slight but powerful tones of characterization and plot. The setting is recherch, Congenial & Honorable. ...