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75th Anniversary Edition (2006)

Eighth Edition
By Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
Illustrated by John Norton
Published by Scribner
11 printings and counting (click here for a PDF of errata...

1997 Edition

Seventh Edition
By Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker
Illustrated by Laura Hartman Maestro
Published by Scribner 

From Anne Mendelson's foreward to the 2006:

Marion died at the end of 1976, leaving JOY in the hands of Ethan and Mark. After some years of joint revision...

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...

1964 Edition

Fifth Edition
By Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
Illustrated by Ginnie Hofmann and Beverly Warner
Published by Bobbs-Merrill Company 

Due to a series of strokes Irma suffered beginning in 1955, this is the first edition Marion revised without her mother. Instead, Marion's husband John...

1951 Edition

Fourth Edition
By Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
Illustrated by Ginnie Hoffman
Published by Bobbs-Merrill

A superlative summary of what this edition has to offer from the original dust jacket:

The Joy of Cooking has become a household institution, almost as essential to...

1943/1946 Edition

Third Edition
By Irma Rombauer
Illustratrated by Marion Rombauer Becker
Published by Bobbs-Merrill

1943 edition
The 1943 edition is known as the wartime edition of the Joy of Cooking. Irma's preface in this book holds the cooking spoon up as our mighty weapon to...

Streamlined Cooking

By Irma Rombauer
Published by Bobbs-Merrill, 1939

Written by Irma Rombauer in 1939, Streamlined Cooking is one of Irma's forgotten books. Written at a time when more and more women were entering the workforce, leaving them less time to spend in the kitchen. Irma's approach was not to take the "easy way out." She was simply addressing a need...

A Cookbook for Girls and Boys

Published in 1946 by the Bobbs-Merrill Company, A Cookbook for Girls and Boys, by Irma Rombauer, was one of very few cookbooks directed specifically towards children at the time. Illustrated by Irma's daughter, Marion, with her fantastic paper cuttings, this book is a precious but practical guide for young cooks-to-be.

Beginning with a nutrition...

1936 Edition

Second Edition
By Irma Rombauer
Illustrated by Marion Rombauer Becker
Published by Bobbs-Merrill

With this edition, Irma secured a publisher, Bobbs-Merrill. Unfortunately, Irma signed the contract which assigned the copyright of both the 1931 and 1936 editions to Bobbs-Merrill. The following...

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