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Stand Facing the Stove : The Story of the Women who Gave American the Joy of Cooking - Anne Mendelson

Stand Facing the Stove

The Story of the Women who Gave American the Joy of Cooking

Paperback Published: 6th May 2003
ISBN: 9780743229395
Number Of Pages: 504

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

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Golden Age of St. Louisp. 9
Beginnings and Endingsp. 34
The Rombauers After the Warp. 65
The Birth of Joyp. 85
Chronicles of Cookeryp. 103
Rombauer and Bobbs-Merrill: The Making of an Enmityp. 147
Family Regroupingsp. 183
War Maneuversp. 202
Chronicles of Cookery 2p. 229
Indian Summer Interruptedp. 284
The Last Battlep. 299
Little Acorn and Wild Wealthp. 347
Marion's Last Yearsp. 371
Epiloguep. 413
Notesp. 417
Selected Bibliographyp. 453
Suggested Readingp. 457
Indexp. 459
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780743229395
ISBN-10: 0743229398
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 6th May 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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