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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The "Settlement" Cook Book 1903 (Facsimile)

by Mrs. Simon Kander and Mrs. Henry Schoenfeld, Gramercy, first edition, 1987 reprint of original 1903 publication. Subtitled "The Way to a Man's...
$20.00

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The Baptist Cook Book (Vevay, IN) circa 1907

compiled by The Ladies' Aid Society, First Baptist Church (now Switzerland Baptist Church), Vevay, IN, circa 1907, 188 pages. Rare. Because the...
$20.00

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The Best of the Best

by Arthur Hettich. Quadrangle Books, 1976. Hardback with DJ. Hettich was a New York Times exec and the business brains that made Family Circle a...
$14.00

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The 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 &...
$40.00

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The Blue Ribbon Cook Book (1907)

by Annie R. Gregory, Monarch Book Co., Chicago, 1907 printing of the 1902 publication. Chalk grey pebbled cloth hardback with red and blue accents,...
$30.00

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The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1943)

by Fannie Merritt Farmer, Little-Brown and Co., 1943 printing of the 1941 seventh revised edition. Hardback, no DJ, caramel yellow covers, blue title...
$14.00

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The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1st printing 1936 revision)

by Fannie Merritt Farmer, Little-Brown and Co., first printing, sixth revised edition, 1936. Hardback, no DJ, tan covers with red titles, 838 pages...
$28.00

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The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1st printing, 1941 revison)

by Fannie Merritt Farmer, Little-Brown and Co., first 1941 printing of the seventh revised edition. Nicely preserved copy, hardly used. Hardback, no...
$28.00

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The Bride's Magazine Cookbook

by Helen Feingold, recipes editor. Out of print. Harper & Row, first edition, 1966. American and foreign dishes explained for the new cook. From the...
$18.00

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The Busy Woman's Cookbook (1927 third printing)

by Mabel Claire, Greenberg Publishers, 1927 printing of the 1925 publication. Long out of print. Hard to find. Another great effort by the author of...
$18.00

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