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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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...
$14.00

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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 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 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...
$14.00

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The James Beard Cookbook (revised edition, 1970)

by James Beard with Isabel E. Callvert, Dutton, 1970. A classic. Hardback, no DJ, 544 pages. Revised and expanded edition of the 1959 paperback...
$14.00

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The Martha Stewart Cookbook

by Martha Stewart, Potter Publishing, first edition, 1995. Hardback with DJ. Now called "The Big Blue," the handsome, well-made 619-pager is a...
$14.00

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The New York Times Cook Book

By Craig Claiborne, Harper & Row, 1968 printing of the 1961 publication.. Hardback with DJ. Some b&w photos throughout text. This is the original...
$14.00

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The New York Times Cookbook (revised edition)

by Craig Claiborne, Times Books, 1990. Hardback with DJ. On the American culinary scene, a hell of a lot happened between the years 1961, when his...
$14.00

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The Redbook Cookbook

by the test kitchen editors of Redbook Magazine, McCall, 1971. Oversize hardback with "spyglass" red DJ, 1047 pages. B&W illustrations throughout....
$14.00

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The Way to Cook (Julia Child) (oversize trade paperback)

by Julia Child, Knopf, 1993 printing of 1989 publication. Oversize trade paperback, 512 pages. Julia's last grand solo effort. Inscription on FEP....
$14.00

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