ATG Quirkies: It’s All About Which Edition Your Mom Cooked From

The Joy of Cooking (1946)
by Irma S. Rombauer

According to this post in the New AntiquarianCharles Roberts (Wonder Book) has published a wonderful meditation on the classic cookbook The Joy of Cooking on his blog at Wonder Books.  More than a straight article about the book’s creation (although it does cover that) or its critical reception and impact on the wider culture (that, too), Roberts conveys a real bookseller’s perspective on the book, both as a cultural artifact and a physical artifact. More interesting still is his consideration of the market forces that affect physical books in unique ways, and how a bookseller can still find utility and value even in old, nondescript cookbooks that are not rare by any stretch of the imagination…”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies.)

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