General Purpose, Joy of Cooking

There have been a quite a number of excellent general purpose cookbooks published over the years, and we will try to offer them here. Two milestone books, the so-called Fannie Farmer Cookbook, and the Joy of Cooking, deserve special attention. Both are still in print in updated versions and most of the older editions are still popular. Certain editions of the Betty Crocker's Cookbook also continue to be popular.

A good history of the various editions of Joy of Cooking is on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joy_of_Cooking.

A word of caution: This category of cookbook invites passions fueled by familiarity, nostalgia and generational prejudice. We have seen mothers and daughters have words over whether the "light blue" Joy of Cooking is better than the later "white" cover edition. We have seen someone roll their eyes and argue when their mother said that The Settlement Cookbook will be found on the bookshelf of every Jewish-American household.




Item Name+ Price

A Concise Encyclopaedia of Gastronomy - Collected 1st. ed (1952)

by André L. Simon, Harcourt, Brace and Co., first 1952 American edition of the author's writings. Remarkable for its time and still a necessary...
$25.00

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A New Way to Cook - The Art of Low-Calorie Cooking

by Sally Schneider, Artisan Books, first printing, 2001. Hardback with DJ. A heavyweight with 739 pages. The author, a James Beard Award winner for...
$12.00

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A Treasury of Great Recipes (hardback reprint)

by Mary and Vincent Price, Grosset & Dunlap, '70s and'80s printings of 1965 publication. Hardback. no DJ as issued, tan leatherette covers with gold...
$30.00

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A Treasury of Great Recipes (Hardback, First Printing)

by Mary and Vincent Price, Ampersand Press, first edition, 1965. Hardback. no DJ as issued, copper padded leatherette covers with gold embossed...
$40.00

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All Around the World Cookbook (signed by Sheila Lukins)

by Sheila Lukins, Workman, first printing, 1994. Oversize trade paperback, 591 pages. Signed by author on FEP. Lukins, who died in August, 2009, was...
$20.00

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Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Cookbook (Drawings by Andy Warhol)

by Amy Vanderbilt, Doubleday, 1961. Hardback, with DJ, 811 pages. Best known for her tome on etiquette, which is still in print, Vanderbilt in her...
$15.00

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Better Homes and Gardens Golden Treasury of Cooking

by Better Homes and Gardens Food Editor Nancy Morton and staff, Meredith Publishing, 1973, oversized hardback, 302 pages, color photos throughout....
$15.00

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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 1989

by Jennifer Darling, et al, editors, 1989 tenth edition, 472 pages. Hardback, ring-bound, 472 pages. The Big Gingham Plaid, with 1,300 recipes and...
$14.00

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Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library (The Big Red Box)

by the Betty Crocker kitchen staff, Golden Press, 1971. Tomato-red plastic case with 648 recipe cards (27 recipes in 24 categories) plus index &...
$30.00

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Betty Crocker's Cookbook ("pie" cover )

by Betty Crocker's kitchen staff, Golden Press, 1976, 27th printing of the 1969 publication. Heavy hardback, no DJ as issued, 480 coated stock pages...
$34.00

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