Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America the Joy of Cooking (Paperback)
The Story of the Women Who Gave America the Joy of Cooking
Scribner Book Company, 9780743229395, 496pp.
Publication Date: May 6, 2003
In Stand Facing the Stove, Anne Mendelson presents a richly detailed biographical portrait of the two remarkable forces behind Joy -- Irma S. Rombauer and her daughter, Marion Rombauer Becker -- shedding new light on the classic kitchen mainstay and on the history of American cooking. Mendelson weaves together three fascinating stories: the affectionate though often difficult relationship between Joy's original creator, Irma, and her eventual coauthor, Marion; the bitter dealings between the Rombauers and their publisher, Bobbs-Merrill (at whose hands the Rombauers likely lost millions of dollars); and the enormous cultural impact of the beloved book that Irma and Marion devoted their lives to refining, edition after edition.
Featuring an accessible new recipe format and an engaging voice that inspired home cooks, Joy changed the face of American cookbooks. Stand Facing the Stove offers an intimate look at the women behind this culinary bible and provides a marvelous portrait of twentieth-century America as seen through the kitchen window.
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Praise For Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America the Joy of Cooking…
A delicious story...Mendelson discusses this most definitely American kitchen
manual with measured but contagious relish.
The New York Times Book Review
Anne Mendelson is a sensitive and careful chronicler of a remarkable family, of the Joy of Cooking as an emblem of American civilization, and of "a society where cookbooks are replacing cooking."
Los Angeles Times
Anne Mendelson brings the story to vivid life...and adroitly strings together an enlightening cultural history of American women in the twentieth century.