Thursday, February 23, 2012

It`s Thursday (more old stuff)!

Good morning!

Today I`m taking you into my tiny, sun filled kitchen to show you one of my very oldest cookbooks.

Yes, Joy of Cooking, given to me by my sister back in 1976, in its 3rd. printing. 

It was written by Irma Rombauer, a St. Louis widow, and illustrated by her daughter Marion.  Irma took her life savings and self-published back in 1937.

Today, nine revisions later, the Joy of Cooking was selected by The New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century.

I use it all the time, and it shows - notes in the margins, splattered, dog eared pages, etc.

 Here it is on the shelf above the fridge with other much loved favourites. 

Happy cooking!


Linking to:  Vintage Inspiration Friday


Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

I can't believe I don't have that one! I have lots of recipes that I've stolen from copies belonging to others though! I have a little collection of mid-century cookbooks and I just never stop loving them.

Dharma said...

My sister and I have been *sharing* (stealing) this cookbook from one another for years. Over provinces, households etc. It is the bible of cookery!

Linda said...

Following .. would love to have you follow back. Linda

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I must have 50 cookbooks but I never owned that one....strange. My most used one is that red and white checked one you have on the shelf. Mine was given to me in 1969 and, like yours, is worn, tattered, and stained. I still use it all the time for the good ol' basics. So nice to meet you! xo


So nice meeting you too; thanks for stopping by!


Bonnie said...

I learned to cook from "The Joy of Cooking". My copy is paperback and held together with a rubber band. Hugs Bonnie

Blondie's Journal said...

I have it, too. It has been passed down a few generations to me. I need to have a good look at it. I just have too many cookbooks!


T's Daily Treasures said...

I don't have that one but have a bunch of Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks that my mom gave me. Fun to look at all the pictures.

Has Ben gotten over the fascination of Dorothy yet? Those were absolutely adorable photos.

Good luck with your Etsy shop. Best wishes, Tammy

Jo @ To a Pretty Life said...

I love a good tried and true cook book! When I got married, my mom gave me a copy of the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook that she had used for years. It's still my most-used cookbook.

Sharon GARDNER said...

My first cookbook was a Betty Crocker one. It is also dog-eared, food splattered and basically tattered from so much use. You asked me on my blog where I got mannequin. my son got it for me when he worked at an Ann Taylor warehouse and it was going to be thrown out. It's not adjustable and it's sized for a very, very small woman but it works out nicely to put scarves on for display. I need to find a nice dress for it to wear though.

The Summer Porch said...

I love to always try out some new recipes. The book is incredible.
Hugs Rosemary...xo

Olive Cooper said...

Of all the cookbooks I have I do not have that one-must look for it at an estate sale.


RECIPE books are so personal. You always remember the first one you got. LOL take care.

Cindy said...

I enjoyed reading about your love for your favorite cookbook.
I've never had that one, my daughter has it and I've looked through it many times. My mother purchased the "Purity Cookbook" when we moved to Canada in 1967 and that was our go-to in the kitchen. When I married several years later I had to have one of my own, so mine is now so badly soiled and dog-eared that it's embarrassing. But, it's still a great cookbook.
Hugs, Cindy

Karen said...

I must have a couple of hundred cookbooks (for real!) but I do not have this one. I need to get one!! Thanks.
Ladybug Creek

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