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Stand Facing the Stove : The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking - Anne Mendelson

Stand Facing the Stove

The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking

eBook Published: 1st November 2007
ISBN: 9781416584841
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In 1931, Irma S. Rombauer, a recent widow, took her life savings and self-published a cookbook that she hoped might support her family. Little did she know that her book would go on to become America's most beloved cooking companion. Thus was born the bestselling Joy of Cooking, and with it, a culinary revolution that continues to this day.

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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Entertainment Weekly A delicious story...Mendelson discusses this most definitely American kitchen manual with measured but contagious relish.

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I

1 The Golden Age of St. Louis

2 Beginnings and Endings

3 The Rombauers After the War

4 The Birth of Joy

Part II

5 Chronicles of Cookery 1

6 Rombauer and Bobbs-Merrill: The Making of an Enmity

7 Family Regroupings

8 War Maneuvers

Part III

9 Chronicles of Cookery 2

10 Indian Summer Interrupted

11 The Last Battle

Part IV

12 Little Acorn and Wild Wealth

13 Marion's Last Years

Epilogue

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Suggested Reading

Index

Copyright © 1996, 2003 by Anne Mendelson

ISBN: 9781416584841
ISBN-10: 1416584846
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st November 2007
Publisher: Scribner

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