Joy of Cooking
All About Cookies
Publication Date: August 27, 2002
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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
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.