Joy of Cooking

All about Cookies

By Irma Von Starkloff Rombauer; Ethan Becker; Marion Rombauer Becker
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780743216807, 128pp.)

Publication Date: September 2002

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Description
A fresh and original way to put the classic advice of "Joy of Cooking" to work -- illustrated and designed in a beautiful and easy-to-use new book.
* A celebration of all the classic "JOY" cookies: Blondies, Dream Bars, Lemon Curd Bars, Ginger Snaps, and Classic Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip
* Includes innovative cookies such as reduced fat Almond Thumbprints and the Fourteen-in-One Cookie, a master recipe whose variations make 14 different cookies
* Clear, comprehensive instructions for all aspects of cookie baking from handling the dough and decorating the cookies to packaging them for gift giving.



About the Author
Irma Von Starkloff Rombauer was born in St. Louis in October 1877 of German stock, grew up and married, never expecting to earn her own living. But after her husband's sudden death in 1930, this celebrated hostess became a cookbook author. With the publication of the first "Joy of Cooking" in 1931, she began a family tradition that was passed to her daughter Marion Rombauer Becker in the 1950s and to Marion's son Ethan Becker in 1976.

Ethan Becker is the son of Marion Rombauer Becker and the grandson of Irma S. Rombauer, the original author of The Joy of Cooking. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but learned how to cook from his mom. An outdoors-man, he is a master of the grill and at cooking game. His outdoor gear and survival and combat knives are sold internationally under the brand Becker Knife and Tool. Ethan and his wife, Susan, a writer, editor, and artist, live in East Tennessee at their home, Half Moon Ridge. His website is TheJoyKitchen.com.

Irma Rombauer self-published the first Joy of Cooking in 1931 with the small insurance payout she received after her husband committed suicide during the Great Depression. Suddenly, society wives who used to enjoy a kitchen staff no longer had the money to employ them and began cooking for themselves. The instruction "stand facing the stove" was a bit more pragmatic than we realize. In 1936, the first commercial edition was published by Bobbs-Merrill. Marion Rombauer Becker, Irma's daughter, joined the Joy dynasty and revised and updated each subsequent edition until 1975. That edition was the first after Irma's death and was completely Marion's. Her son, Ethan Becker, has returned the book to the family's voice, revising the 1975 edition for the 75th Anniversary Edition.
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