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Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Editionby Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker
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Check out these helpful cooking tips from the editors of Joy of Cooking!
Seventy-five years ago, a St. Louis widow named Irma Rombauer took her life savings and self-published a book called The Joy of Cooking. Her daughter Marion tested recipes and made the illustrations, and they sold their mother-daughter project from Irma's apartment.
Today, nine revisions later, the Joy of Cooking — selected by The New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century — has taught tens of millions of people to cook, helped feed and delight millions beyond that, answered countless kitchen and food questions, and averted many a cooking crisis.
Ethan Becker, Marion's son, leads the latest generation of Joy, still a family affair, into the twenty-first century with a 75th anniversary edition that draws upon the best of the past while keeping its eye on the way we cook now. It features a rediscovery of the witty, clear voices of Marion Becker and Irma Rombauer, whose first instructions to the cook were stand facing the stove.
Joy remains the greatest teaching cookbook ever written. Reference material gives cooks the precise information they need for success. New illustrations focus on techniques, including everything from knife skills to splitting cake layers, setting a table, and making tamales.
This edition also brings back the encyclopedic chapter "Know Your Ingredients." The chapter that novices and pros alike have consulted for over thirty years has been revised, expanded, and banded, making it a book within a book. "Cooking Methods" shows cooks how to braise, steam, roast, saute, and deep-fry effortlessly, while an all-new Nutrition chapter has the latest thinking on healthy eating — as well as a large doseof common sense.
This edition restores the personality of the book, reinstating popular elements such as the grab-bag "Brunch, Lunch, and Supper" chapter and chapters on frozen desserts, cocktails, beer and wine, canning, salting, smoking, jellies and preserves, pickles and relishes, and freezing foods. Fruit recipes bring these favorite ingredients into all courses of the meal, and there is a new grains chart. There are even recipes kids will enjoy making and eating, such as Chocolate Dipped Bananas, Dyed Easter Eggs, and the ever-popular Pizza.
In addition to hundreds of brand-new recipes, this Joy is filled with many recipes from all previous editions, retested and reinvented for today's tastes.
This is the Joy for how we live now. Knowing that most cooks are sometimes in a hurry to make a meal, the Joy now has many new dishes ready in 30 minutes or less. Slow cooker recipes have been added for the first time, and Tuna Casserole made with canned cream of mushroom soup is back. This Joy shares how to save time without losing flavor by using quality convenience foods such as canned stocks and broths, beans, tomatoes, and soups, as well as a wide array of frozen ingredients. Cooking creatively with leftovers emphasizes ease and economy, and casseroles — those simple, satisfying, make-ahead, no-fuss dishes — abound. Especially important to busy households is a new section that teaches how to cook and freeze for a day and eat for a week, in an effort to eat more home-cooked meals, save money, and dine well.
As always, Joy grows with the times: this edition boasts an expanded Vegetables chapter, including instructions on how to cook vegetables in the microwave, and an expandedbaking section, Irma's passion — always considered a stand-alone bible within the Joy.
This all-new, all-purpose anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking offers endless choice for virtually every occasion, situation, and need, from a 10-minute stir-fry on a weekday night to Baby Back Ribs and Grilled Corn in the backyard, or a towering Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. Joy will show you the delicious way just as it has done for countless cooks before you.
Even after 75 years, the span of culinary information is breathtaking and covers everything from boiling eggs (there are two schools of thought) to showstopping, celebratory dishes such as Beef Wellington, Roast Turkey and Bread Stuffing, and Crown Roast of Pork.
Happy Anniversary, Joy!
"They say mother knows best, but in the case of this classic cooking volume, first published 75 years ago, the adage might be more accurately 'mother — and grandmother — know best.' For while some previous editions of Joy have embraced passing fads and shunned the earlier versions' old-school charm, this time, the editors (led by Irma's grandson and Marion's son, Ethan) have stayed true to the spirit of the original. Fond of its forebear's quirky phrases ('There is nothing simple about these uncomplicated-looking fungi' or 'a pig resembles a saint, in that he is more honored after death than during his lifetime'), the new narrative of Joy is one of, well, joy. Its recipes will prompt readers to bound into the kitchen; their range and depth is such that there really is something for everyone. Enchiladas, sushi, bagel chips, smoked brisket and corn dogs make their first appearance, while ice cream, nut butters and beef fondue return after some time away. The use of 'we' throughout the text will reassure those skeptical of, say, preparing game (a section that, incidentally, has been expanded), and the overall feeling of the kitchen as a place of empowerment and enrichment makes this an essential work for all cooks." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For the first time ever, the legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career. With a searchable DVD demonstrating every technique a cook will ever need. In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pand#233;pin has earned a reputation as a champion of simplicity. His recipes are classics. They find the shortest, surest route to flavor, avoiding complicated techniques. Now, in a book that celebrates his life in food, the worldand#8217;s most famous cooking teacher winnows his favorite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them even further. They include Onion Soup Lyonnaise-Style, which Jacques enjoyed as a young chef while bar-crawling in Paris; Linguine with Clam Sauce and Vegetables, a frequent dinner chez Jacques; Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Butter, which he makes indoors in winter and outdoors in summer; Five-Peppercorn Steak, his spin on a bistro classic; Mand#233;mand#233;and#8217;s Apple Tart, which his mother made every day in her Lyon restaurant; and Warm Chocolate Fondue Souffland#233;, part cake, part pudding, part souffland#233;, and pure bliss. Essential Pepinspans the many styles of Jacquesand#8217;s cooking: homey country French, haute cuisine, fast food Jacques-style, and fresh contemporary American dishes. Many of the recipes are globally inspired, from Mexico, across Europe, or the Far East. In the accompanying searchable DVD, Jacques shines as a teacher, as he demonstrates all the techniques a cook needs to know. This truly is theessentialPand#233;pin.
In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pépin has earned a reputation as a master of simplicity. His recipes are classics. They find the shortest, surest route to flavor, avoiding fussy techniques.
Now, in a book that culminates his life in cooking, the master simplifier winnows his favorite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them even further. They range from an onion soup he enjoyed as a young chef bar-crawling in Paris to an apple crumble, his effortless marriage of a French tart and an American pie.
Essential Pépin spans the many styles of Jacques's cooking: homey country French, haute cuisine, fast food Jacques-style, and fresh contemporary American dishes. Many are globally inspired, from Mexico, across Europe, or the Far East.
In the accompanying searchable DVD, Jacques shines as a teacher, as he demonstrates all the techniques a cook needs to know. For Jacques's ever-growing legions of fans, this truly is the essential Pépin.
About the Author
Ethan Becker is the son of Marion Rombauer Becker and the grandson of Irma S. Rombauer the original author of Joy of Cooking. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has been a devoted home cook all his life. Continuing a family tradition stemming from the conviction that fine cooking depends upon the freshest ingredients, Ethan is an enthusiastic organic gardener. He and his wife, Susan, live at the family home, Cockaigne, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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