The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer

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 better than ever. Here's why: Every chapter has been rethought with an emphas...

Details The Joy of Cooking

TitleThe Joy of Cooking
Release DateNov 5th, 1997
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Nonfiction, Reference

Reviews The Joy of Cooking

  • Katies_Faves
    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 not want to bother her about it - so I went into the kitchen and started up the pot of water.Not only did I ruin that cute little potato ... but I saw my grandmother los...
  • Carey
    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 the practical and innovative approach laid out in the 1997 edition. Basically, the 1997 edition took the heart of the Joy of Cooking, that is, that it is a book that conta...
  • HBalikov
    I have had my Joy of Cooking volume for many decades and it is showing its age and frailty. I read/heard several interviews with the Rombauer family members that have put together the new 2019 edition of this classic. The book cover claims that this edition has revised over 4,000 recipes and added 600 new ones! It is certainly bigger both in format and in weight. I agree with the authors choice not to add photos of the recipes both for space cons...
  • Rob
    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 complete banquet spreads.What do I like most about The Joy of Cooking? It is fairly encyclopedic, covering about as broad a range of cooking topics as it can; while mos...
  • Dianne
    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 to know how to do it - when my CSA gives me more corn than we can manage, or when local strawberries are beautiful, fresh, plentiful, and cheap. The lack of ice crea...
  • February Four
    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 book I had, The Best Recipe. It was December 24th, the only other recipe I'd found was online from New Mexico but which I did not trust (it asked me to beat the eggs u...
  • Barbara
    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 to return to this book for ideas, information and special recipes. On many occasions I search for new ways to prepare foods and will find the ideal formula for pre...
  • Kat
    No pictures, but everything in this cookbook is delicious.
  • Jennifer
    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, tarragon.the recipes are not all so daunting: some of them are forward-looking to today's minimal cooking in their simplicity and flexibility. saved me many times when my...
  • Corban Ford
    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, and well thought-out menus. it's the OG of cookbooks for a reason, and in my eyes the best cookbook of all time.
  • Abigail
    Aptly described by other reviewers as an American classic, The Joy of Cooking has been in "my" kitchen for as long as I can remember. My own personal copy, which I still own, came to me as part of a prize that I won in a book raffle during college. I somehow managed to misplace the other four cookbooks that were also part of the prize (lost in a move, I believe), but this volume is still around.More than just an extensive and thorough cookbook, t...
  • Kecia
    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's in there. If a friend brings you rudabaga...there's a recipe for that, eel....there's a recipe for that, wild game...there's a recipe for that, triple layer chocolate's in there too. Want to know which wine glass to use...where to place the ...
  • Kim
    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 writing a dictionary) but I'm sure glad that they do!
  • Val
    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.
  • Joy
    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!
  • Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
    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
  • Manik Sukoco
    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, stuffings, and what goes in-between: simple entrees to full-blown multi-course dinners. The instructions are detailed and easy to understand. Unlike cookbooks that tel...
  • Jonspillers
    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 editions and while they have their following, I prefer this one. From Chicken Fried Steak to Crispy Roast Duck to something called 'vegetables', 1997 Joy has what ...
  • Natalie Rood
    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'm quite fond of my 5th edition and don't feel the need to buy another.
  • Cynthia Nobles
    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.
  • Lisa Vegan
    My mother used this, among many other cookbooks. I've never used it much. But it's very useful as a reference to determine the correct cooking times for different methods of cooking many different vegetables.
  • Irene
    One of my go-to favourites in the kitchen. What I love about the 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking is that it has a little bit of everything, evocative of the time period each edition was published. There are recipes for finger food and casseroles with the most 1950s names, alongside recipes for making sushi rice. It's fun to flip through the pages, learning the difference between appetizers and hors d'Ĺ“uvres to the entertainment and co...
  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    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 use some teaching. I've long coveted this doorstopper book of 1,132 pages containing 4,500 recipes and finally broke down and ordered it when I had a Barnes and Nob...
  • The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
    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 want to cook, and several things that you might not. Having said that, if it's not in the book, it might not be worth cooking. Not only are there 1000's of recipes, there ...
  • Laura Zimmerman
    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 The Joy of Cooking. Compared to others, from afar it seemed...kind of dry, I thought. No great photography, no glossy pages, no celebrity chefs' photos on the front (...
  • Wendy, Lady Evelyn Quince
    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 desserts like pears soaked in wine and cream...and so many more!Not bad for a woman whose first prepared meal was overcooked linguini (20 minutes in a pot) and canned, cold clam sauce...
  • Allison
    This book is lazy. The recipes are always sub-standard to what I can find from other sources. It is outdated even with its attempt at modernity. The original is a gem for modern cooks because of its glimpse into the American culinary past; this modern version is waste of cookbook shelf space.
  • Laurie Stoll
    Although this book is FILLED with recipes, it was always one of the last I would look through for recipes.
  • Toviel
    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 solid introduction to home cooking for people who can't boil an egg to save their lives. Some of the recipes are peak Bland White People Cooking, the sort of stuff that live...
  • Carol Bledsoe
    This book is full of so much useful information. I actually read the entire book including most of the recipes. I have made a few recipes and have flagged sections that I know I'll refer to often. The print is quite small. I prefer to see a list of ingredients at the beginning of a recipe instead of in bold throughout it. But I'm sure if it had been formatted in that style the book would have been at least 100 more pages.