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:

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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Joy of Cooking with DJ (pristine '67 printing of '62 edition)

ny Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. One of the best preserved copies of a classic Joy of Cooking we’ve ever run across -- a hard to...


Julia's Breakfasts, Lunches, and Suppers

by Julia Child with E.S. Yntema, Knopf, 1999. Slim hardback, no DJ as issued, 113 pages. Seven menus for three main meals: Breakfast Party, Holiday...


Ladies' Home Journal Adventures in Cooking

by the editors of Ladies' Home Journal, first printing, 1968. Out of print. Top-of-the-game late '60s general cookbook -- classic American home...


Larousse Gastonomique (The New Larousse Gastronomique) 1978

by Prosper Montagné, Crown Publishers, 1978 printing of the 1960 revised edition, Charlotte Turgeon, editor, American edition. Oversized heavy (6...


Larousse Gastronomique (1961 1st. English language edition)

by Prosper Montagné, American editor, Charlotte Turgeon, Crown Publishers, first 1961 English language edition. Translated from the French....


Larousse Gastronomique - 1965 17th printing - "Working Copy"

by Prosper Montagné, UK editors, Nina Froud and Charlotte Turgeon, Paul Hamlyn Publishers, London, 1965 17th impression of the 1961 first English...


Larousse Gastronomique - Completely Revised and Updated (2001)

compiled by the Gastronomic Committee, Joel Robuchon, president. This enduring classic has been completely overhauled from beginning to end. Clarkson...


Let's Cook It Right (1947)

by Adelle Davis, Harcourt, Brace, 1947. Green with yellow hardback, no DJ. One of her most famous books, but not her first one. I had this book all...


Marion Harland's Complete Cookbook (1906)

by Marion Harland (nee Mary Virginia Hawes), Bobbs-Merrill, 1906 second printing of 1903 publication. Hardback, no DJ as issued, 781 pages....


Martha Stewart's Cooking School

by Martha Stewart with Sarah Carey, first edition, Clarkson Potter, 2008. Great wedding gift! A heavy (4.2 pounds), handsome, well-made book....