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The Joy of Cooking Reviews
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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.


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    Recommended? You Betcha!
    September 15, 2017

    Comprehensive and a great learning tool

    I have had my copy for nearly 20 years and still use it fairly regularly. I am a very good cook and well versed in many techniques and ingredients. This cookbook definitely laid the groundwork for me and taught me most of the basics I needed. It's certainly not anything fancy or super modern but I always recommend this for people who want to improve their understanding of cooking and food in general. It's still one of the best cookbooks out there.

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    March 02, 2016

    This book has a lot of great ideas ,everything from entres to dinner to desserts ,it gives detailed instruction on each recipe ,there is a lot to see in this book and it is definitely worth the price

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    May 23, 2012

    This is one of my favourite books! If you love cooking and just food in general, it's great to have around. My mum always had a copy of it in the kitchen when I was growing up, and she gave it to me a few years ago. I also got the latest edition not too long ago, which is updated and has some more modern recipes and info.

    I love how indepth it is, and how it gives you a few variations of the same type of recipes sometimes, as well as technical stuff and little tips and tricks. This book is where I look first when I want to try cooking something completely new to me or from scratch.

    It isn't completely perfect (there are some recipes I've tried that I didn't like) but I'll always keep a copy of this around, because it's so helpful and most of the recipes are great. Plus it has so much info, it's also great for teaching yourself to cook without any recipes!

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    December 27, 2007

    I love this cookbook. It is the cookbook that I grew up with, the one my mom always used. It's comforting to know that if I want something my mom made all I have to do is open the book and there it is! The recipes are easy to follow, not too fancy, just yummy basic food. I also like that is has a section in the back for measurements, and each new chapter explains how to do things eg: instead of telling you to knead the dough, it will explain to you how to do it properly. For basic everyday use I definitely recommend this cookbook!

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