THE Joy! The most popular American cookbook (18 mil copies sold) was written by Irma S. Rombauer in 1931. After her husband’s suicide, her children encouraged her to compile her recipes to cope with the loss. The friendly, anecdotal style was unique compared to other cookbooks of the day and 89 years later is still relevant and beloved.
This is the first cookbook I can remember seeing growing up and my mother’s copy is stained with decades of use. I recently tried @nytcooking recipe for Jordan Marsh’s blueberry muffins (my grandma worked at the bakery for 20 years), so wanted to taste the Joy’s version. These were not too sweet and delightful when toasted with butter. Can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes and using frozen berries worked great.