Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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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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Review: Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking

User Review  - Martha Cody - Goodreads

I couldn't finish it. So much minutia. A classic case of an author who feels she has to include every tiny fact that she's uncovered during her research. Ironic in a book about the publishing world - this book was crying out for a good editor. Read full review

Review: Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking

User Review  - Eileen - Goodreads

occupied with high-flown talk of cooking as an 'art', one of the signal delusions of our time." Credited as a food historian, she finds cooking tiresome, time-wasting, and lacking in creativity, and ... Read full review


The Golden Age of St Louis
Beginnings and Endings
The Rombauers After the War
The Birth of loy
Chronicles of Cookery 1
The Making
Family Regroupings
Chronicles of Cookery 2
Indian Summer Interrupted
The Last Battle
Little Acorn and Wild Wealth
Marions Last Years
Selected Bibliography

War Maneuvers

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About the author (2007)

Anne Mendelson is a leading authority on the history of American cookbooks. She has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including Gourmet. She lives in northern New Jersey.

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