philocrates, December 20, 2010 (view all comments by philocrates)
This is one of the first cookbooks I owned. It helped teach me how to cook. It gives clear explanations of food, how to cook, ways of cooking, why you cook something this way and what ingredients do. The recipes are solid and tasty. It would be the first book I would go to no matter what I am cooking from French to American to Vegetarian to Vegan. It explains things that no other cookbooks would. Well worth every penny. Mine is still with me. It is food stained and battered and no one will ever say "Well, didn't use this one did they" at an Estate sale.
Daniel Cook, November 10, 2008 (view all comments by Daniel Cook)
I have worn out several copies of Joy and given copies to my adult children. I have many cookbooks, but this is THE one for so many everyday recipes. When a new edition (with Ethan Becker) came out, I purchased it but was disappointed with those recipes.
This edition circa 1970s has many great recipes for both everyday and holiday celebrations. They vary from simple basic recipes which any beginner could enjoy to more complicated and challenging recipes.
Irma Rombauer and Marion Becker, the original authors, present cooking with clear explanations for the beginner. This is good food with an eye to nutrition, using everyday ingredients.
This would be an ideal gift for newlyweds or anyone starting out on their single life.
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