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.




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Delinerator Cook Book (1928)

by Mildred Maddocks Bentley, Flora Rose and Martha Van Renesselaer, The Butterick Publishing Co., first edition, first printing, 1928. Getting harder...
$30.00

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Farm Journal's Country Cookbook 1959

by Nell B. Nichols, Farm Journal food editor, Doubleday, 1959 first edition. Hardback with DJ, 420 pages. Color presentation photographs throughout....
$20.00

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Favorite Recipes of America's Food Editors

by Favorite Recipes Press, first printing, 1970. Spatter-proof hard boards trade paperback. “Recipes by the food editors of 30 of America’s...
$18.00

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General Foods Cook Book

by the Consumer Service Department, General Foods Corporation, 4th. 1935 printing of 1932 publication. Hardback, no DJ, 370 pages. Not bad at all,...
$10.00

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Good Cooking (1959)

By Nicholas Roosevelt, Harper, first edition, 1959. An almost forgotten and vastly underrated “how-to” cookbook by a relative to presidents, a...
$12.00

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Gourmet's Menu Cookbook

by the editors of Gourmet, Knopf, second printing, 1984. Hardback with DJ. Introduction by then-publisher Earle R. MacAusland. A collection of more...
$16.00

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Granddaughter's Inglenook Cookbook -- 1946 Fifth Printing

recipes by the women of the Church of the Brethren and their friends, Elgin, IL. Out-of-print and increasingly hard to find. This is the 1946 fifth...
$30.00

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House and Garden's Cook Book

by the editors of Better Homes and Garden, '60s printing of 1958 publication. A gangbuster lineup of '50s culinary stars present hundreds of both...
$18.00

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How to Cook Everything

by Mark Bittman, MacMillan USA, 1998. Heavy, oversized hardback with DJ, 944 pages. Many have called this tome the best basic cookbook since Joy of...
$14.00

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Joy of Cooking (white cover, no DJ, 1975 edition)

by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, Bobbs-Merrill, 1975 edition, 915 pages. Hardcover, no DJ. White cover with gold letters. According to...
$18.00

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