“The Joy of Cooking” cookbook subtitled “The American Household Classic Newly Revised and Expanded With Over 4,500 Recipes and 1,000 Informative Illustrations.” by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. Originally published in 1931, this edition was published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. as a forty-fourth printing in 1988 of the 1975 revised book. The cookbook is a hard cover with a dust jacket measuring 6½ x 9½ inches with 915 pages; the price has been clipped on the interior flap of the dust jacket. It is in good gently used condition, the hard cover looks brand new while the dust jacket is in fair condition with a lot of wear, flipping through the pages are unmarked but have some wear along the edges when closed, also quite a few have the corners turned down as markers.
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 better than ever. Here’s why: -Every chapter has been rethought with an emphasis on freshness, convenience, and health. All the recipes have been reconceived and tested with an eye to modern taste, and the cooking knowledge imparted with each subject enriched to the point where everyone from a beginning to an experienced cook will feel completely supported. The new Joy continues the vision of American cooking that began with the first edition of Joy. It is still the book you can turn to for perfect Beef Wellington and Baked Macaroni and Cheese. It’s also the book where you can now find Turkey on the Grill, Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles, and vegetarian meals. The new Joy provides more thorough descriptions of ingredients, from the familiar to the most exotic. For instance, almost all the varieties of apples grown domestically are described- the months they become available, how they taste, what they are best used for, and how long they keep. But for the first time Joy features a complete section on fresh and dried chili peppers: how to roast and grill them, how to store them, and how long they keep- with illustrations of each pepper. An all-new “RULES” section in many chapters gives essential cooking basics at a glance: washing and storing salad greens, selecting a pasta and a matching sauce, determining when a piece of fish is cooked through, stuffing a chicken, and making a perfect souffle. New chapters reflect changing American tastes and lifestyles. Separate new chapters on grains, beans, and pasta include recipes for grits, polenta, pilafs, risottos, vegetarian chills, bean casseroles, and make-ahead lasagnes. New baking and dessert chapters promise to enhance Joy of Cooking’s reputation as a bible for bakers. Quick and yeast bread recipes range from focaccia, pizza, and sourdoughs to muffins and coffee cakes. Separate chapters cover custards and puddings, pies and tarts, cookies, cakes, cobblers, and other American fruit desserts revived for this edition. Recipes include one-bowl cakes, gingerbread, angel and sponge cakes, meringues, pound cakes, fruitcakes, six different kinds of cheesecake- there’s even an illustrated wedding cake recipe, which takes you through all the stages from building a stand, making and decorating the cake, to transporting it to the reception without a hitch. Little Dishes showcases foods from around the world: hummus, baba ghanoush, bruschetta, tacos, empanadas, and fried wontons. From cover to cover, Joy’s chapters have been imbued with the knowledge and passion of America’s greatest cooks and cooking teachers.
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