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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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...


The Chicago Daily News Cook Book (1st. edition, 1930)

compiled by Edith G. Shuck and Dr. Herman N. Bundsen, Chicago Daily News, first edition 1930. Long out of print. Hard to find in this condition. The...


The Congressional Club Cook Book (1961)

by the Congressional Club, National Publishing Co., first edition, 1961. "Kennedy edition." Hardback, no DJ, 268 coated stock pages plus ads in the...


The Congressional Club Cook Book (1976)

by the Congressional Club, first edition, 1976. Attention, Capitol Hill foodies! Another classic D.C. cookbook, and as the bicentennial edition,...


The Constance Spry Cookery Book - paperback in slipcase

by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume, Pan Books, 1970 edition of 1956 publication. Trade paperback, boxed in slipcase. Heavy, oversized trade...


The Cook's Canon - 101 Classic Recipes Everyone Should Know

by Raymond Sokolov, Harper Collins, first edition, 2003. Hardback with DJ, 251 pages. From Apple Pie to Zabaglione, the former food editor of The New...


The Dean & DeLuca Cookbook (hardback)

by David Rosengarten w/ Joel Dean and Giorgio DeLuca, Random House 1997 printing of 1996 publication. Hardback with distinctive white DJ, 363 pages....


The Doubleday Cookbook

by Jean Anderson and Elaine Hanna, Doubleday, 1975. Hardback, no DJ, 1325 pages. Red and white boards. This revered general purpose cookbook has...


The Fannie Farmer Cookbook - 100th Anniversary Edition

by Marion Cunningham, Knopf, 1996 100th anniversary printing of the 1980 publication of the author's updated re-write of the 1896 culinary landmark....


The Fireside Cook Book (1949 7th printing)

by James Beard, Simon & Schuster, seventh printing of the 1949 publication. Elusive. Hardback, no DJ (as issued in this later printing?), green spine...