Simon & Schuster
Seventy-five years ago, a St. Louis widow named Irma Rombauer took her life savings and self-published a book called "The Joy of Cooking." Her daughter Marion tested recipes and drew the illustrations, and they sold their mother-daughter project from Irma's apartment. Nine revisions later, "The Joy of Cooking"--selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the 20th century--has taught tens of millions of people to cook. Ethan Becker, Marion's son, leads the latest generation of "Joy" into the 21st century with a 75th-anniversary edition that draws upon the best of the past while keeping its eye on the way we cook now.