1931: Joy

Oh what a beloved year, the first edition of The Joy of Cooking was privately published by a struggling homemaker, Irma S. Rombauer. The official title was "The Joy of Cooking: A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat."

The book was written to support recent widow, Irma and her family. It was a family affair with Irma's daughter, Marion who illustrated the book and designed the cover. The original cookbook was written in a very conversational fashion addressing solutions to current depression-era problems. Topics like canning and pickling were featured alongside recipes for unique meats in an effort to be as resourceful as possible.

Think you may have a 1st edition copy of this must read tucked away in Grandma's cookbook collection? Estimated value is around $1000.00!

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