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1975 Edition

Sixth Edition
By Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
Illustrated by Ikki Matsumoto and Ginnie Hofmann
Successively published by Bobbs-Merrill, Macmillan, and Scribner

The 1975 JOY is the bestselling edition of all time. John, Marion's husband, was a major contributor to the 1975 edition as an editor and source of erudite literary quotes. Ethan, who had been appointed as the next member of the family to oversee JOY's growth, began working on this edition in 1968. Besides testing recipes for this edition, the outdoorsman contributed backpacking menu suggestions, a section especially valuable to hikers, campers, and hunters.

Special features in this edition include the Know Your Ingredients chapter, which reveals vital characteristics of commonly used ingredients, detailing how and why they react as they do, how to measure them, how to substitute one for another, as well as what to look for when buying them. The book also includes information on nutrition, cooking processes and methods, and storing and preserving food. The how-to illustrations number around 1,000, and this edition contained over 4,500 recipes.

Critical Acclaim and Testimonials:

"The classic work, which covers the entire gamut of kitchen procedures and is easy to use."---James Beard

"Important as is the information in this encyclopedic cookbook, it's the imprint of Irma Rombauer's and Marion Rombauer Becker's personalities that makes Joy of Cooking the best loved cookbook to come out of these United States." ---Cecily Brownstone (then Associated Food Editor)

" is definitely number one on my list, the one book of all cookbooks in English that I would have on my shelf if I could have but one."  ----Julia Child

"The finest basic cookbook available.  It is a masterpiece of clarity."  ----Craig Claiborne

"For more than 20 years, I have given copies to young brides and friends. It is the best of all cookbooks, whether for beginners or for experienced cooks." 

"Your book is our Bible for cooking."

"Thank you over and over for that wonderful friend in the kitchen, Joy of Cooking.  Your book has given me the utter confidence to try new and daring culinary enterprises I would never have attempted alone. I have never had so many compliments on my prowess as a hostess."

"The book is trustworthy, straightforward and informative."

"From a bride of less than a year, living away from home and in a position of entertaining business as well as social guests, I express my deep appreciation for sharing this priceless knowledge through your book!"

"...a wedding gift last November, JOY has been my constant kitchen companion ever since. Its simplicity is great, and I have yet to prepare a meal from it that didn't turn out excellent."