Giveaway: Joy of Cooking and 2013 Calendar


In my years of cooking, one of the things I’ve found is that most everyone has a foundational cookbook to which they are most loyal. Some of us come from households that held Better Homes and Gardens dear, while others preferred Betty Crocker and its patterned red and white cover. Whether your mother or grandmother consulted Fannie Farmer, Southern Living or the Farm Journal cookbook, up until recently, most homes had at least one of these much-loved, comprehensive volumes in residence near the kitchen.

Me, I come from a Joy of Cooking household. I grew up with the edition of JOY that was bound in turquoise fabric and was first released sometime in the early 1960’s.  It was a primary culinary reference in our house, particularly in the years before the internet made it easy to find 12 different recipes for the same cake in seconds. That book taught me to make crepes and peanut butter cookies, and one of my favorite family traditions is the yearly Christmas Eve consultation, in which we pull out my parents’ battered copy of JOY to check the turkey roasting information and plan our timing for the following day.


The copy of JOY that I was raised with was a gift from my grandma Bunny to her new daughter-in-law, soon after my parents got married. My mother was a touch insulted at first (the implication being that she was not an able cook), but rapidly came to appreciate the utility of such a gift.

Like many things that have lived and been loved for more than 40 years, it doesn’t look the way it once did.  The dust jacket is long since gone. The front cover fell off sometime in the mid-ninties and was reattached with a wide strip of silver tape (this repair is reinforced every decade or so).  Many of the pages have been enhanced with splashes of water or oil or gravy and don’t behave entirely like paper anymore.

modern Joy

In recent years, I’ve become something of a Joy of Cooking collector. I have six editions, which represent the changing food culture over the last eight and a half decades. Most often, I turn to the one that matches the copy I grew up with (happily, it was a hand-me-down from my great-Aunt Anne. It came with complete with a few of her annotations). I regularly use the recipe for Quick Banana Bread and have made the Cornbread on page 578 so many times that I could probably stir it together without ever once glancing at the page.

Recently, I’ve found myself in correspondence with Megan Scott. She and her husband (congratulations on your recent wedding, you two!), John Becker are the latest members of the Rombauer/Becker family to be working on the JOY legacy. They’ve redesigned the website and are regularly posting useful, thoughtful food writing and recipes. It’s a delight to see such a beloved institution in such capable hands.

my favorite banana bread

Earlier this summer, as Megan and I exchanged emails and talked about the possibility of me contributing a guest post to their site, she offered to send me a copy of the 75th anniversary JOY. It was at that moment that I confessed my ridiculous affection for the Joy of Cooking. I asked if instead of sending me another copy to add to my stack, could we give it away to one of my readers? She said yes and did me one better by throwing in one of the 2013 Joy of Cooking desk calendars.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of the 75th anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking and the 2013 desk calendar, here’s what you do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post. Tell me which cookbook was your family’s favorite. If you have a beloved recipe, please share that too.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, October 5, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: This copy of the 75th anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking and the 2013 desk calendar have been provided to me at no cost. However, I’ve not been compensated for this post and my opinions are entirely my own.

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507 responses to “Giveaway: Joy of Cooking and 2013 Calendar”

  1. Joy of Cooking is what I grew up with and is now my go to cookbook, as well. My favorite recipe is for cream scones, which are so much better than the classic scones. I take them to any breakfast or brunch and they’ve been known to stand in for shortcakes, too. I can’t wait to see the new edition!

  2. My family’s favorite cookbook was a small town on my mom and her classmates put together in high school. It was hand type-written! We really liked many of the recipes in there including the biscuits!

  3. My grandmother, mother, and all my aunties had a copy of Joy in their kitchen. After my grandmother passed, I found her copy in the garage sale pile and rescued it, just as I was moving into my first apartment. Just this spring I used Joy to plan a Mad Men party, and the Almond Roll Cake (filled with my own apricot jam), was the star.

  4. Joy of Cooking was always my family’s number one go-to, too! My mom’s already told me that she intends to will her copy to me, complete with her notes and edits.

  5. The favorite cookbook…La Cucina Siciliana di Gangivecchio. It was actually my son’s cookbook that we swapped back and forth. You see, we both enjoy reading cookbooks! As I was planning a trip to Sicily, he said” mom, find Gangivecchio”and I did. The cookbook is amazing in its stories and recipes. The recipes prepared and enjoyed at Gangivecchio were out of this world. It’s hard to pin down a favorite. I guess I would go with the Sicilian Red Peppers with crushed toasted almonds and mint…a must.

  6. I come from a better homes and gardens family. I’ve never even looked at the Joy of Cooking. I’d love to check it out.

  7. I have two copies of The Joy of Cooking. One from August 1971 and another from November 1997. I’m not sure which one I refer to more frequently. But I would certainly appreciate a current copy to add to my arsenol!

  8. We had a Better Homes and Garden cookbook with the gold 3 ring binder when I was growing up. I turned into a Joy person when I got one as a wedding gift in 1988. It’s still my go-to book. Our favorite recipe right now is also the quick banana bread.

  9. We had no cookbooks when I was growing up. My mom could not cook…period. As an adult, the first cookbook I was given was at a small party to celebrate my elopement. It was a Betty Crocker with pages on a spiral thingie. I gave it away years ago, but have amassed many more since, sometimes swapping with daughter or daughter in law. I would love to start a tradition with my grand daughter when she is old enough to cook. (she just turned two). I am betting on something like cupcakes as a first try with the oven.

  10. I grew up with the New York Herald Tribune Home Institute Cookbook, 1949 edition. When it came to me it was already venerable and frayed, and even though it’s barely holding together, it’s a superb reference.

  11. Joy of Cooking was the reference book in my childhood kitchen. It took me a long time to realize that other households used different books.

  12. My family’s cookbook growing up was Betty Crocker’s. My favorite recipe memory was at 9 insisting on making my OWN birthday cake, ‘Boston Cream Pie’, from the Betty Crocker book because I didn’t approve of my mom’s usual birthday cake.

    The Joy of Cooking was important to me in my early college years when I didn’t have any cookbooks of my own yet. I used to visit the library and photocopy recipes out of the book, to learn how to cook on my own. Italian American meatballs II is a recipe I hold dear to my heart.

  13. My mother had a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, the one with the red and white checked cover with the binder style pages. It was our go to cookbook for everything and it was falling apart by the time I left home. I’ve actually never owned a copy of The Joy of Cooking, so it would be a nice addition to my ever-expanding collection, including your signed copy of Food in Jars.

  14. I think I had one of the first copies that came off the press. At least that is what it felt like and I used that book every single day up to the day I lost it when my home burned. I would love to have another but only when I saw it on your post did I think of it again. The JOy of Cooking and mom’s old Searchlight cook books were the ones I went back to time and time again when hunting recepies.

  15. I also come from a Joy of Cooking household. My earliest and fondest memories are of my grandmother cooking, cooking, cooking with it propped up on the kitchen counter.

  16. The most often cited cookbook in our household (and the one that was first given to me when I went out on my own) is the Mennonite Community Cookbook. One of the first recipes that I made regularly (and continue to make) is a quick chili con carne that I’ve modified and made my own. I’ve never even seen a Joy of Cooking cookbook so I’d love to add one to my collection.

  17. I am the first true cook in my family. I scoured old bookstores as a teenager and came up with 1950’s editions of Betty Crocker and Better Homes and Gardens and when I moved out my Dad gave me my first new Joy of Cooking. I am almost 50 and still use all of them weekly. Thank you for such a fantastic giveaway!

  18. The apple pie in The Joy of Cooking is my go-to recipe for a delicious, reliable dessert. My Joy of Cooking cookbook is in tatters too, both a “new” edition that is 15 years old and my 25+ year copy too.

  19. Joy of cooking was my first ‘go to’ book and my Sister gave me a copy when I married the first time in 1973. Over the next 20 years the book was well used AND lasted longer than the 4 year farce of a marriage. By 1993 the book was falling apart and my Sister gave my my second copy at my second marriage. 19 years later both the Joy of Cooking and the Joy of Marriage are going strong, second time around both the book and husband are perfect.

  20. We had a kids cookbook…the pat of butter had a face drawn on it as it jumped into the pan…but no other cookbook in a house full of books. Introduced to the Joy in my late teens I have used the latest edition always, as they get beat up badly with regular use.

  21. As a fellow Portland Oregonian we had a battered paperback copy of The Joy of Cooking. It would fall open to there great Pb cookies from the dozens of times we made then. I useto sit and read it, my first experiment was making pulling pie from fresh pumpkins. It was disastrous I mixed the salt with the sugar on accident.

  22. My family didn’t really use cookbooks per se, though my Mom had a set of slim encyclopedias and my Nana had a giant Mary Margaret McBride one. I saw them more often referring to handwritten cards and sheets of paper. My Joy of Cooking story is that I cooked for an elderly client from 1996 to 2002, when he passed away. An edition of Joy was in his closet and it included a simple and wonderful oatmeal cookie recipe. A variation was listed with citrus zest and essence. These were the most wonderful cookies and I’ve made them many times. I have the recipe in my file but I don’t know what edition of Joy it was from. I would think 1950’s or 60’s. I don’t remember what color the cover was. Have not been able to find it in editions I’ve checked.

  23. My mom was devoted to The Basic Cook Book by Marjorie Moulton Heseltine but in my house when I just want to find a recipe for something it is The Joy of Cooking.

  24. I am so happy to find another person who loves cookbooks as much as I do. I think my favorite though was my wedding present from my sister in law. She wrote down all the family recipes in a note book.

  25. We were a Betty Crocker family, but my mom didn’t really need a cookbook. Our neighbors were Joy of Cooking folks, though, so I did have a bit of exposure!

  26. The New Best Recipe. I like how it gives several options for most recipies and there is an excellent recipe for chicken salad.

  27. My mom – a home Ed teacher – loved the Time Life series of cookbooks. She gave me a copy of Joy of Cooking for my first apartment, and it’s still the best reference book in my collection.

  28. I must admit, I grew up with the Betty Crocker cookbook, although my grandmother was a cookbook fiend and bought them all the time. We often had to hide food boxes that offered their product cookbooks on their packaging, as she wasn’t very discriminatory on her titles.

    The edition I used when I first set up housekeeping was the one with the round photo that was cut like a pie. As a non-baker it has the one recipe in it for an applesauce cake that turns out perfect every time (if I remember to put in the applesauce – yes, once I forgot that!) and a wonderful recipe for Hungarian Goulash that I’m sure isn’t anything like the traditional, but fit the bill for my dinner table.

    One year for my birthday I asked for the anniversary copy of Joy of Cooking – you know the one…it was dissed by the critics all over the food world, but I rather like it. Haven’t ever had a problem with anything in it I’ve tried to make and now still turn to it for some great inspiration!

  29. I grew up with the Betty Cricket 3 ring binder cookbook. My mom’s isn’t red anymore though, it’s more of a sickly orange. My mom would more often use recipes handed down to her on handwritten sheets or clippings out of magazines with notes all over them. Every time I visit now I make it a point to check the massive selection of recipes clipped to her fridge to see if there’s anything new. 🙂

  30. That is so neat! We always had a Pillsbury cookbook to draw from growing up (my mom worked for them). I inherited it and still make recipes from it. It brings back great memories – especially looking at all the yummy desserts.

  31. I remember a Betty Crocker cookbook when I was growing up, but back then I was more concerned with eating than I was with how it was prepared.

    Later, after I got married, it was Joy of Cooking, a wedding present. When we got divorced, it was one of the few contentious items in the otherwise amicable split. Since one of her kinfolk had given it to us, my ex kept it.

    Later, I met a woman from Britain (online) and was telling her about how much I missed the cookbook and about a week later I got a heavy pkg. in the mail w/ dozens of Queen Elizabeth stamps on it; it was the Joy of Cooking and I think the postage cost more than the cookbook! The only problem with it is it’s the metric version, still useful but just requires me to use conversion tables.

  32. Since my children have been babies I’ve had an old copy of a Crisco Cookbook; “Butter Flavor Crisco – Holiday Favorites brought to you by Loretta Lynn” – one of the small ones that may have been given away at the grocery store, I did find through a web search that one I have was given away with the purchase of a can of butter flavored Crisco. Anyway, the origin of the cookbook is unknown and I think I swiped it from my mother before I left home to get married! Celebrety Recipes from Loretta Lynn, And some of those recipes ARE the Best! I must say that the homemade cheesecake recipe is the best. Nothing like a fresh heavy Creamy Cheesecake! That is probably Cheating, I’ve not used one of the Bigger cookbooks on much occasion because all of the recipes excite me, overwhelm me, then I just Don’t know what I want to make! Although, I have used your Canning Book Resource list On Many Many Occasions to Search and purchase Great Books. Fantastic recipe finds in some of them!

  33. I didnt have a cookbook- just some wonderful handwritten index cards with our family recipes. I started using cookbooks when I moved out on my own.. I have Betty Crocker – it was my first cookbook, Jr League Of Atlanta cookbook – which is about 20 yrs old is a good go to- but LOVE my Southern Living cookbooks. I do think the Joy Of Cooking would be an awesome addition to my collection…

  34. The Joy of Cooking with the white cover (from the 1980s, I think).. The family favorite is the cornmeal pancakes.

  35. I, too, come from a Joy of Cooking household. I have my mom’s copy from the 1970’s plus a few more versions. I love comparing the different versions. I have never, never, been let down by a recipe from J of C.

  36. sigh. There really needs to be some sort of loop hole so us Canucks can enter too. I often look at the Joy of Cooking but don’t have any copies of my own. We don’t have any one book our family always turns to, just a number of recipes all the daughters have called Mom to get. My kids will learn to turn to Pillsbury’s The Complete Book of Baking. I can look everywhere – even the internet – and the recipe I end up making is from that book. The spine broke so badly I ripped it apart and put it in a three ring binder… the hole punching took forever. So if you find a way to keep me in the contest, please do… (Psst.. hey! I can come up with a US mailing address… wink wink….)

  37. My dad used to work for a flour company in the flour and mixes division. They developed a little pink baking book that became our go-to for baked goods. Today I have to make a few tweeks in some of the recipes, but I always check it first for baking recipes and ideas. Mom also used an old beat-up copy of the Fannie Farmer cookbook. But she never really needed a book for generaly cooking. Love the stories!

  38. Better Homes and Garden is what I began cooking with, it was a wedding gift to me 30+ years ago and I have gifted it to my daughter and daughter inlaws as wedding gifts. My favorite recipe,…………..Hmmmmmmmmmm, there are many but I must say I love the apple pie and lasagna, we have used those recipes over and over again. But I treasure many cookbooks now. I read them like one would read a novel. I have never really read the Joy Of Cooking and would love to!

  39. i too have several editions of joy, one of which i stole from my little brother, who is no slouch as a cook himself. i love the fact that no matter what you want to cook (boysenberries? rabbit? quail?), you can find out how to do it in joy. it’s an amazing piece of work.

  40. My mom never used cookbooks. I guess you could say my grandmother was her cookbook. I though, have always loved cookbooks. I read them in bed as my culinary novels. I’ve always wanted one of The Joy of Cooking books. I often look through the tables of streetside book vendors hoping to find a vintage copy…lol. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity! 🙂

  41. Most of the cooking my family did was based on unwritten recipes. Cooking by eye and hand. Forcing my grandmother and mum to write down always resulted in hilarious recipes involving ‘temperature that is just right’ and specific yogurt glasses as measuring cups’. But alas it has made me a fairly independent cook and baker. I’d love a more structured approach as a basis though, thus Joy of Cooking would be great.

  42. When I was little there was a radio show that came on every afternoon where listeners called in and shared their favorite recipes. I believe it was WSM in SE Iowa where we lived. My mom listened and wrote down those recipes in little black journals from my Grandpa’s insurance agency and those books are by far the ones you’ll see opened up most often on my mom’s counter while she is cooking, baking, or canning. I use a Southern Living cookbook, BHG, or Joy of Cooking most often when I don’t want to rely on the internet. Thanks!

  43. growing up, our house was a Better Homes cookbook house for almost everything. Just before I was married, my future sister in law bought me the most recent version. I was delighted, but totally shocked when I saw that the chocolate cream pie recipe had changed since the original I had grown up with. I made a few quick notes in the margin after a call home to mom.

    Joy was the staple cookbook for a couple of very specific recipes. 1 of those recipes was the pie crust recipe. I don’t currently have the Cookbook, but you can be sure the pie crust recipe is written on a scrap of paper and talked in side the Better Homes. Sure would be nice to have the official.

  44. Grew up with and still refer to Betty Crocker. But I met Joy of Cooking in my 30’s (mid 50’s now) and fell in love, even without color photos. It’s my true reference book. I became a joc evangelist, giving copies to my nearest and dearest’s. Love the recipe for fish w/ white wine sauce and capers.

  45. Growing up my mom did all the cooking without my help. It wasn’t until I got married that I started cooking. I was given the Joy of Cooking as a wedding gift and used it for many recipes. My oldest daughter has it now.

  46. Ooo let’s see. I have only been cooking for the last few of my 26 years, but I rely on America’s Test Kitchen books, as well as Martha Stewart Baking School and Martha Stewart Cooking School books. Love them!!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway Marisa!

  47. Interesting, I never knew that “Joy of Cooking” was the american version of my canadian “L’encyclopedie de la cuisine de Jeane Benoit”! It’s not really the canadian version, more Quebec version, it’s in french. I don’t open it too often, but it’s the nostalgia on my bookshelf, my mom has one, every french canadian household owns that book. With that said, I don’t have a Joy of Cooking on my bookshelf, and would love to own a piece of american kitchen history. By the way, I just discovered Julia Child! Well, when the movie came out, I had NO idea who she was!!

  48. My go to cookbook is the Better Homes and Garden ,circa 1971, we got as a wedding present.I am sad to say I have never owned A JOy of Cooking cookbook so I would love to join in your drawing.Thank You

  49. I use a gingham-covered one. Did you say it’s Betty Crocker? Mine is a 1950s version and has wonderful tips and old-fashoined instructions for oven cooking like, “cook on medium.” We use it regularly, as evidenced by all the pages that just sort of hang out in the binder, no longer able to be attached.

  50. My mother was an excellent cook and hardly ever used a cookbook. Her specialty was Greek food and she learned Lithuanian cooking from my father’s mom. However, when she needed to cook something more American, she went to The American Family Cookbook. When she passed, I inherited that book, published date, 1955.
    It has been used so much that I have to keep it in a ziploc bag so that I don’t lose any of the pages. It even has a section for cooking wild game; very interesting.
    My favorite recipe from it? Any of the many wonderful desserts! And of course, all of my mother’s wonderful Greek dishes which she taught me to cook.

  51. Sadly, I don’t think we had a family cookbook. There were recipes from my maternal grandmother that were often consulted, but neither my mom or my dad (who did cook!) really used a cookbook. However, upon moving out on my own, I got myself a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, and while I don’t use it as much anymore, it was instrumental in helping me learn to cook.

  52. My favorite cookbook is Simply in Season by Cathleen Hockman-Wert and Mary Beth Lind. It’s my favorite for canning tomato sauce, grape juice, and preparing fresh local food. Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. My mother’s go to cookbook was a church cookbook from our town. Literally everything came from there. She did own a better homes and gardens, but it did not get nearly the use. I have coveted a copy of joy for a long time.

  54. Ours was Betty Crocker. My mom was awarded the Homemaker of tomorrow when she was in High School and I think the book we used was what she was awarded with in the early ’70s.

  55. I would love the “Joy” cookbook. I have the Betty Crocker cookbook my mother used, and I have handed off my own copy of it (wedding gift 50 years ago) to my daughter. This would be a lovely addition to my evergrowing collection of great “reads.”

  56. We definitely had the Betty Crocker cookbook in our kitchen. And if the recipe said ‘casserole’, we were all about it!!

  57. We were a Joy of Cooking family too! I’m not sure how old my mom’s edition is, but it’s certainly very recent!

  58. We grew up with a battered copy of Joy of Cooking. I am not sure which edition, but it is falling apart from all the use.

  59. I love the Joy of Cooking… but my favorite cookbook is actually my husband’s grandmother’s church contributed cookbook. It has a fantastic recipe for savory pork chops. The thing I love about cookbooks compiled from different contributors is that you know each and every recipe is someone’s favorite.

  60. My mother didn’t use cookbooks but cooked from memory what her mother made. Now I also cook from memory but I also like to use my family as guinea pigs to try new recipes. Although it’s not a ‘cookbook’, I love the recipes from the Cooking Light magazine. I love cookbooks and this new edition would fit in nicely!

  61. The only cook book I saw growing up was Cocina Criolla. My mom swore by it. Unfortunately she’s misplaced it and it’s $230 on amazon?!?!

  62. My favorite is a 1950s Better Homes and Garden from my mother’s collection. I have used the brownie recipe in this cookbook for many, many years. I have never owned a Joy of Cooking but have always wanted one.

  63. My most referred to cookbook is the orange/pie pictorial covered Betty Crocker 1970 edition. It is my go to for poultry cooking times and for pie crust. 🙂

    I also love to pic up copies of Rombauer’s JOY. My latest coveted version, picked up at a flea market, is the 1946 edition! Would love to have a chance at the latest version. These old cookbooks are a great foundation to build off of, and the basic foundation to many of the recipes that are popular today. Thank you so much for the opportunity. Love to see the JOY tradition carrying on… 🙂

  64. My mother has given me many cookbooks that at first I wasn’t too excited about–I keep vegan and I couldn’t figure out much I could possibly make from the ones she had provided. However, it’s turned into a wonderful family activity to collaborate to “veganize” all of the familiar dishes my family ate growing up. I guess we’re kind of creating our own cookbook to pass down…

  65. My favorite cookbook has to be my grandmother’s old Better Home’s and Garden cookbook which I received after she passed away. But I think my favorite part of it are the drawings in the front of the 50’s era dainty little housewife and family. But for cooking my favorite is the Silver Spoon which is an Italian cookbook that I received for Christmas back in 2005 or 2006 when it was first translated to english. My favorite recipe is the Italian Pot Roast (I think that’s the name I have a sticky on the page so that I don’t have to go searching for it anymore)!

  66. I don’t remember what cook book it was from, but I loved the corn fritters my mom made. When I finally had a kitchen in my dorm room at college I copied the recipe down onto a piece of paper and still go to that recipe when I get a hankering for something indulgent for breakfast.

  67. I come from a Joy of Cooking family, but the real cornerstone of my mom’s cookbook collection were the early Moosewood cookbooks!

  68. What a wonderful giveaway!! We weren’t really a cookbook family, my Grandmother wrote down many of her recipes, and must have pulled thousands of recipes out of magazines and newspapers. We are still working our way through them (though many of the ’50’s Jello concoctions might not be made anytime soon…)

  69. My mother owned, and I grew up with, the Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book and the Joy of Cooking. I own copies of them (from 1950 and 1946, respectively). My go-to cookbook as an adult has always been the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

  70. My family cookbook is hands down The Settlement Cookbook. I would always consult my mother’s (or ask her to do it over the phone), and when I finally picked up and moved to NY in my early 20s, I received a copy of my own that Christmas. Now that my oldest is 20, I wish that book was in print so I could continue the tradition, as she is finding herself in the kitchen more and more. I can’t say we have a favorite family recipe, but my 2 favorite food memories that I love to recreate are my mother’s chicken corn chowder and my grandfathers stuffed cabbage, which we adamantly refer to as pigs in a blanket, no matter how many times I have to explain to NYers that no I do NOT mean cocktail weenies wrapped in biscuit dough! 🙂

  71. My stepmom was the cook in the family and I remember both Betty Crocker and Joy on her shelf – but what I really remember was this brown-cloth covered blank book that she’s had forever and probably doesn’t even need to use anymore because she’s got all the recipes memorized. It’s full of newspaper clipped and old family recipes and covered in butter and flour – that was the one I knew to go to for the really good stuff.

  72. I grew up with the red and white checked Betty Crocker. My mom still has that copy but I found the same cookbook at a garage sale many years later. I am continually surprised when I open my book to the brownie recipe I’ve been making since I was a kid and don’t see all the chocolate and flour smears all over the page.

  73. I come from a Fannie Farmer family. My mom’s was a paperback copy, and I don’t even know how hold it was, but I suspect it was from the 60’s. It had lost its cover by the time I came along, and the pages were very, very thin. The whole thing was browned from the acids in the paper. We used it all the time though! My favorite recipe is a cinnamon roll recipe that doesn’t involve any rolling or frosting – just sweet rolls with a lot of cinnamon in them, and exactly what I prefer!

  74. It was the gingham-covered Betty Crocker book at my house. It must have been a late 60s or early 70s edition. I wish I had it, but I think it must have gotten thrown out a long time ago.

    There was a recipe in there called (I think) Potluck Potato Salad which I loved as a kid. I don’t remember it exactly but it called for french dressing (the orange kind) and letting the cooked potatoes marinate in it before mixing in with the mayo. I just loved this. It sounds kind of revolting to my adult self today.

  75. My family didn’t use cookbooks except for holidays. My Mom would pull out a Better Homes and Gardens she received as a wedding gift, I think. It’s interesting to think many people will never consult a cookbook, referring to family recipes and the internet for a quick go-to.

  76. Although I do most ‘free hand’ cooking – Our ‘go to’ cookbook has always been the Fannie Farmer. We use it for reference and reminders on the basics. I would LOVE to have a “JOY” cookbook – I’ve never even leafed through one!!

  77. Our favorite cookbook was the Cookie Book (I should say MY favorite, lol)…but mom always had the Betty Crocker cookbook…

    thanks for an opportunity to WIN.! Melissa from WA

  78. My mom has a Betty Crocker Cookbook on her shelf and I have a Better Homes and Gardens one on mine. I think that Joy of Cooking is the only one we don’t have.

  79. Our go-to cookbook was an old Good Housekeeping cookbook that must have been a wedding present. The yellowed pages fell out whenever my mom opened the book. It had lots of tips for wartime cooking – recipes that were suited to sugar rations, etc. Mom is 86 and still has that book.

  80. I too collect cookbooks. and have 4 copies of the “Joy” series. I was trying to collect one that I might have received from family as my mom passed away when I was 9. found and purchased one on ebay and the lady sent me the nicest story about HER book (1958 ) and photos of her mom/grandmother, etc and marked the best recipes. I think of it as “my family” heirloom…lol. it is old and very well used, also. This one is a keeper. I enjoy Old ones and the Settlement cookbook is a great one for that.
    Thanks for the contest

  81. My mom always had a well-used copy of JOY and Better Homes and Gardens, but I really loved Pillsbury’s BAKING book, and I even managed to land an original copy a few months ago, since my dad threw mine out one year during spring cleaning. It’s missing my original annotations, but it will have new ones soon enough 😉

  82. We were (and still are) a Betty Crocker family. I was most disappointed when I bought my first one that it wasn’t exactly the same as my mother’s. Now, I find myself using mostly church cookbooks.

    This is a great give away! Thanks.

  83. My parents were both cooks by profession and they didn’t use cookbooks at home so, sadly, I don’t have memories of a family cookbook. My first cookbook would be How to Cook Everything which I’ve returned to over and over again for the vegetable chapter whenever I bring something strange home from the farmer’s market.

  84. We always had lots of Southern Living cookbooks around my house. Some of them had really inventive takes on souther classics like shrimp and grits, black eyed peas salad, and buttermilk biscuits.

  85. we’re a “Joy” family also! I can’t remember which version I have, one from the 90s that my mom gave me when I graduated college and was starting out on my own… I love the butternut squash soup recipe (page 94, if I’m not mistaken!)- it gets me through the sadness of letting go of the summer each year…

  86. I grew up with a Betty Crocker cookbook in our home but one of my first adult purchases was The Joy of Cooking. Mine is tattered and torn but loved and my favorite recipe in it is the sour cream or yogurt coffee cake (I use yogurt). My mom has a copy now as well.

  87. We’re a family of Betty Crocker lovers and collectors! My mom gave me my first old copy for my 18th birthday and I’ve added 3 or 4 more copies since then 🙂

  88. I like to cook all kinds of things, but when cooking for my family the one cookbook that we can all agree on is the original Moosewood Cookbook. The recipes, though vegetarian, have enough satisfying flavors to please even the meat-eaters I know. I’ve made just about every recipe in the book and the ones we come back to over and over are Russian Macaroni and Cheese, Mushroom Moussaka, Banana Bread, Herbed Carrot Soup, Custardy Popovers and White Rabbit Salad.

    Great. Now I’m hungry.

  89. My mom’s go to cookbook was the old red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens, in the hardback spiral format. She still uses it today, for great tips and substitution advice.

  90. I remember a collection of church cookbooks from my grandmother and parents that we would use a lot. I remember there being dozens of recipes for ambrosia salad! Ha.

  91. We always had a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, and I do still have that around and refer to it often. These days I collect cookbooks (even run a cookbook email group) and have many favorites. My current favorite is the Taste of Home Cooking School. I use Post-It flags to mark recipes in my cookbooks…yellow for chicken, red for beef, etc. The Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook has dozens and dozens of pages marked.

    There is one recipe aside from the cookie pages we use at Chrsitmas time. This recipe I should know by heart and probably do, but I have tried it in a hundred variations from every other cookbook and none work as well as the one from Better Homes and Gardens, even those from Test Kitchen cookbooks. That recipe is the simple French Toast.

  92. My mother was raised on the Mennonite Cookbook, which was my first favorite…being the oldest, growing up on a farm, my most significant memory of following a cookbook was when we were knee deep in haymaking….everyone was busy…extra hands and extra hungry & in a-hurry-helpers were around…we were farmers (which meant we weren’t raking in the dough) and had beef….so I often found myself making the beef bbq…I still remember the page…57!!! We’d serve beef bbq sandwiches & fruit & some of Mom’s awesome dill pickles out at the picnic table under the big swamp maple…
    She made sure that I had my own copy when I got married…and I still use it…and the sight of that dutchy book warms my heart when I see it!

  93. The Joy of Cooking, 1967, was the very first cookbook I ever bought! Right now, it’s pretty worn out & I’d love to have a copy. Many years ago, my Dad requested a Banana Cake, so I hauled out my trusty Joy, and found a delicious one! That was always his cake for his birthday & Father’s Day. He passed away several years ago, and everytime I make this cake, it brings back such found memories of him.

  94. Joy of Cooking is chocked full of great info. I was given mine for a wedding gift and although other cookbooks have been weeded out and donated over time, the Joy of Cooking stays. Thank you for the giveaway!

  95. Our go-to book was the JofC, too! It falls open to the page with the recipe for quick banana bread without any prompting, although the buttermilk pancakes are also a favorite 🙂

  96. my mother had a betty crocker cookbook that never moved from this little cookbook stand/shelf that swung down from the underside of one of her kitchen cabinets!

  97. My grandmother never used a cookbook. If she needed help remembering a recipe, she would just call one of her friends. Yet, as I start my own family, I use America’s Test Kitchen’s cookbook all the time.

  98. My mom had the red hard cover Betty Crocker cookbook from the late 60’s. There are oil stains & flour dough and ear marked and torn pages but I still have it & refer it it for basics that I forget. I also have the cookbook for kids book that I got in late 70’s also well used. I am currently pregnant with a girl so I can’t wait to start new traditions with her!

  99. I remember Mom had a Joy of Cooking cookbook, but I don’t remember ever seeing her use it. However, someone gave us 5 kids a cookbook for Christmas one year – I think it was Betty Crocker Kids Cook. We all found some favorite recipes to make from that book and Mom let us go wild. My favorite was popovers – I thought they were so sophisticated!

  100. My mom followed Julia Child when she was first beginning her cooking shows on PBS and bid on (and won) a set of her cookbooks one of which is autographed by the Childs. She always made notes in pencil on the pages for recipes about things she learned or what she and my dad thought of the recipe.

  101. My mom always used the good old Betty Crocker cookbook. I recently found a copy of the same one she has at a yard sale. I always use it for the Buttermilk Pancake recipe and the candied sweet potatoes that we eat at Thanksgiving.

  102. My mother just knew how to cook and preserve the food from our small family farm. She didn’t use a cookbook that I remember. When I was a teen, my folks gave me a Betty Crocker Cookbook from which I began learning to cook. When I began my teaching career, my apartment-mate (who became my dearest sister-friend), really taught me to cook and was my culinary ‘mentor’ for the rest of her life. We found great joy in cooking together!!! The New York Times Cookbook was our go-to reference, and Julia Child was our teacher in those years after 1969 and the following decades. That fall I found a Farm Journal Cookbook in a nearby bookstore. I was delighted because reading it took me back to my farm roots….and it had delicious recipes, many familiar and others new for me to try…. I still go back to its old standbys. When I married, my husband’s mother had a well-used Fannie Farmer with marvelous, old-fashioned recipes and guidance. I bought the early 70’s edition of FF, but it was completely different than the 30’s version, tho’ quite good in its own way. I used my Farm Journal and Fannie Farmer books until they each fell apart and now I use the sections! However, I must admit that most of the time, I enjoy trying new recipes from the internet, The Chew, my CSA’s excellent website and outstanding blogs like this one! It will be interesting to see how much Joy of Cooking has changed from my 70’s edition. That edition has been my reliable reference for everything from cuts of meat and how to cook them through ‘how-to-make’ for many categories of culinary techniques over the past 40 years.

  103. My paperback copy of JoC is now held together by rubber bands. The cracks in the binding correspond to the most used recipes.

  104. My mom used a very old and well loved Betty Cocker cookbook that her mom used. I have one that she gave me, I love Farm Journal cookbooks. I have about 12 of them, with plans one day to collect the rest that I don’t have. I’d love a Joy of Cooking cookbook because, to be honest, I’ve never cooked anything from one. I’ve seen them everywhere and have heard a lot of great things about them.

  105. I grew up in a kitchen where there were no recipes, just plump women confidently throwing this and that into a pot and coming up with magic. The first time I made chicken soup, I realized that I didn’t need a recipe: I’d seen the process so many times that it was burned into my psyche! Of course, I still called my mom to make sure I was doing the right thing. My horizons have broadened to a big cookbook collection at this point, but I’m still a very intuitive cook, and I always tweak things as I go. One of my favourite comfort dishes is simmered kabocha in dashi with ginger and garlic, with either chicken or ground pork mixed in. 🙂

  106. Growing up my mother used both the Joy of Cooking and the Betty Crocker cookbook equally but she also had her own cookbook filled with recipes passed on by family and friends, some of which I still use to this day. The one recipe that was definitely well used is the peanut butter cookies out of the Joy of Cooking. A favorite to this very day!

  107. When I first moved into an apartment, my mom bought me new editions of Joy of Cooking and Better Homes & Garden. But BH&G no longer kept my favorite banana bread recipe and Joy was missing some of the useful background info (like how to clean a squirrel, which I’ve never done but I am comforted to know I have the perfect reference should the need arise). So I ended up hunting down older editions and donating the newer ones to a used book store.

    That said, I’ve been repairing books since high school. I’m very slow at it, but I’m pretty good – should you wish a more structural repair to your sentimental copy.

  108. I don’t remember my mom ever really using cookbooks but i often pull out my copy of Better Homes and Gardens.

  109. We used Betty Crocker in my house, but always felt guilty doing it since all the recipes seem to use at least a stick of butter…it was an old version of the book for sure 🙂

  110. I have a certain fondness of Better Homes & Gardens cookbook from my childhood – breaking it open every Sunday morning to make pancakes with my mom. As torn & tattered as it’s become, my favorite it will always be.

  111. I don’t remember having any specific cook books on hand except for the local church ladies volume. Personally, I have a couple of go-to books, but am something of a collector of cookbooks. And, I actually read many of them from cover to cover!

  112. My mom used a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook while I was growing up and I have one, too. There are certain recipes I always use from it. 🙂

  113. We definitely were a joy of cooking family too. My mom also loved the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Those two were staples in my kitchen growing up. I love cooking but surprisingly do not have my own copy of Joy of Cooking so this would be perfect. Thanks for the chance to win.

  114. We always lugged out our Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1970s or 1980s for reference (e.g. turkey baking times, hard boiled egg instructions, vanilla icing, etc.)

  115. My mom used a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I still use it for the turkey stuffing recipe. I still have my mom’s very worn copy.

  116. My mom rarely used a cookbook, although she did have Joy of Cooking. My maternal grandmother couldn’t cook, and my paternal grandmother, I don’t think, ever had a cookbook. She was an amazing cook. I, on the other hand, need a cookbook. I just don’t have the knack of throwing things together and making it taste good. My favorite cookbook is Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten. It’s absolutely brilliant.

  117. We were a hybrid household — Fannie Farmer baking (and cooking!) books, which taught me at a young age that there was “a difference” between baking and cooking. That said, there was a chocolate chip cookie recipe in both! But we also kept the Joy of Cooking in another cupboard, and a binder of recipes, and a few other specialty books about (the secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking, Marcella Cucina, etc) for those special tasks. And for canning one has to refer to mom’s battered 70’s era Kerr pamphlet — clearly their version of the Ball Blue Book. I myself found a Fannie Farmer at a booksale when I moved off to college, and have come to rely on that. But I eye the Joy of Cooking when I come home as there are a few recipes that just come out better from it.

  118. My mom had an old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook from the 60s that I basically taught myself to cook with as a child. (I had a lot of unsupervised time and spent it making petit fours. Go figure.) However, I lost it somehow last year or so. Maybe I lent it to someone, I don’t know, but it’s one of those things that I feel such a sharp pang of guilt for whenever I think about it. It even had a hand-written beef stroganoff recipe from my grandma in the back. Sigh.

  119. I love our old family cookbook that was put together back in the 80s, but has a lot of the old recipes with measurements like – a nice scoop of lard!

  120. my dad (who did all of our cooking) was not really a recipe-bound cook. somehow we had a big cookbook collection anyway, and the joy of cooking is the one i would call his “reference material”. i, however, am quite fond of better homes and gardens – we had the binder one in a great state of disrepair, and it quickly became “my” cookbook in the house. i think because its layout is rather easier for a kid to use than the joy of cooking, which is quite dense (well, that and the plaid cover and the binder, which i loved).

  121. my mom made me a family cookbook when i moved away from my hometown- all the recipes she made regularly when we were kids plus some from my grandparents/ great grandparents. It’s one of my favorite possessions, not just my favorite cookbook.

  122. My mother used Betty Crocker as does my sister…me? I’m a Joy cook. At my bridal shower in 1972 I recieved my copy of Joy…the perfect gift!

  123. My mom is better homes and gardens all the way. I can’t bear to give up my copy with it’s stuck together pages.

  124. Betty Crocker always gets a consult from us for our Christmas standing rib roast! When my grandmother passed away, I inherited hers with all her handwritten modifications…the most precious inheritance ever!

  125. I can very much relate to your post on Joy of Cooking. My similar experience has been with Better Homes and Gardens….for 45 years plus. My dear Mom had a worn and torn copy. When I got married, I knew I would need my own. Thru my married years, I have come to realize that cooking is more than a duty for me. It is an art and a hobby. My cookbook collection is larger than I even dare admit :). But it all began with the BHG cookbook. It was the first christmas gift each of my children recieved after they left home….including my 3 sons. As far as a favorite recipe, I could not even begin to compare one to another. That book has taught me all of the basic skills, from making basic white sauce to roasting that Christmas Turkey. I can soooooooooo relate to your connection to the Joy of Cooking. And I would love to have a copy of that to add to my collection.

  126. I love this post… It reminds me of the golden-colored, ring-bound copy of the Better Homes cookbook that I learned to cook from. I believe it was an early 1970’s edition and was some sort of special edition (hence the gold binder instead of the usual red). I remember laughing at the black and white photos of 1960’s-era housewives and chapters on things like “jiffy cooking” (most of which involved using convenience foods like Pilsbury biscuits in a can). My newer copy is heavily updated, the recipes for some items very different (and not as good), and has new chapters on subjects like pasta. I wish my parents hadn’t tossed the old golden edition when they replaced it a few years ago. I’d have loved to have it for my collect, battered as it was.

    Now, my collection is larger than it probably should be. I have a copy of The Joy and after having worked for America’s Test Kitchen for a short time, I also acquired their entire collection (36 volumes at the time–an employee benefit). While I do enjoy the “fool-proof” nature of the ATK recipes, I often go back to either Better Homes or Joy when I want a simple version of a recipe that doesn’t require a trip to the store for special ingredients.

  127. At our house it’s was a dogeared paperback copy of The Fanny Farmer Cookbook we always turned too. I think I used the Crepe recipe the most but all of our recipes from cookies to pot roast came from that one beat up book. I wish I still had it.

  128. Dad was all about the BBQ on the weekends and during the week it was recipes torn from Illustrated Cooking magazine and our own family cookbook she had compiled herself years ago, giving copies to every cousin, aunt uncle and adopted family member.

  129. Salt Lake City’s Junior League cookbook, not sure the year – maybe mid-1970s? This is the cookbook with many of my favorite childhood memories and always takes me back.

  130. My favorite cookbook when I got to this country was the Fannie Farmer baking and cooking book. I practically did all the baked goods in the baking book which I still use today. The pages are brown and torn and the binder is falling off, but I will not part with it.

  131. We were a Better Homes and Gardens family as I was growing up. Lately it’s been recipes from the internet and magazines.

  132. I grew up in a Betty Crocker house. When I met my husband that was also his bible so it is now mine too. I refer to that all the time for substitutions, and ways to cook so many different things. Just the other day I made the yankee pot roast (horseradish… mmmm). I would love to have another bible to reference so I hope I win!

  133. I received Better Homes and Garden as a wedding shower gift a little over 30 years ago, the classic potato salad is my go-to recipe with a few of my own additions.

  134. My mom always went to the Neiman Marcus cookbooks (of which I think we had 7 or 8) and The Silver Palate Cookbook, but she also used a healthy amount of clippings from here and there and her recipe collection is made up of written recipes from family and friends. My favorites now are the New York Times Cookbook to cover the basics, and The Best of Gourmet The World At Your Table for further study. I am also of a similar school to what Kai mentioned earlier. I like to do my food research in my free time, and when it comes to cooking, I try to use different techniques to throw together whatever I have in my kitchen at the time.

  135. My mom always use the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, especially for the coffee cake recipe, which I loved. Today I find myself traveling to many books for many favorites, but Joy of Cooking is one I am yet to own.

  136. I received my first Joy of Cooking in1971. It was a wedding gift from my Mom. It was my foundation for cooking. My favorite recipes were chicken ala king and Coq au Vin.
    Everything I know today came from that book. I would love an updated one.

  137. I would say we are a Betty Crocker family. It’s what I grew up with and what all my sisters use. We make crepes every time we get together. And the potato salad every summer. But in college someone gave me a Better homes and gardens cook book and that one has quite a few recipes I go back to time and again. Dinner tonight is winter vegetable chili with squash and black beans.

  138. I must say Joy of Cooking is one of the first cookbooks I cooked out of. I have my copy along with my Moms, that I will keep in case I ever need to “dress a squirrel”!

  139. I received my first Betty Crocker cookbook when I was twelve. Oh happy day! I’m, (gulp), 50 next month and still linger through the pages of my beloved “first” whenever I need inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book and calendar.

  140. When my mother graduated high school a relative gave her a copy of the 1963 The Pillsbury Family Cookbook. A big blue, five ring binder affair. While mom now have over 400 cookbooks, she still pulls out the old Pillsbury for some favorite recipes, as well as a reference on techniques, etc.

    For me, Bittman is my go to cooking guide.

  141. Betty Crocker, red checks and all. When Mom’s reinforced one gave out she got the Gold anniversery version that she still has, though she’s not cooking any more. I wasn’t introduced to Joy of Cooking until somtime in after 2000. It’s a great cook book.

  142. Betty Crocker was the cookbook of my youth. I remember one winter baking my way through the cake section whipping up a different cake every Saturday.

  143. For 20 years the 1974 Joy of Cooking has been my regular go to cookbook when I’m out of ideas or need a probe to remember how long to cook a roast, etc. This was the first cookbook I ever owned and although it was used, it was in almost perfect conditon. I have the 75th anniversary edition on my Wish List and TBR list. My mother had an old Fannie Farmer cookbook, but I don’t remember her opening it even once.

  144. Pioneer Woman cookbooks have become recent favorites to cook out of. I love cookbooks and have 3, yes 3, bookcases full. Last week I picked up a cookbook in a junk shop and purchased it. Didn’t realize till I looked at it further it is a 1946 edition of The Joy of Cooking. Am loving reading it and seeing how things haven’t really changed much.

  145. My most treasured cookbook is easily my late grandma’s copy of the Joy of Cooking. I love finding her notes in the margins!

  146. My family’s favorite cookbook was never a book at all it was a looseleaf book that held all the scraps of paper that had written recipes on it. It makes learning family recipes that much harder!

  147. My mom has many cookbooks, but the one she uses the most is Betty Crocker. It is one of my favorites as well.

  148. Hi, I read your blog faithfully and have your book “Food in Jars”. Unfortunately, I’m Canadian, but I want to enter my comment to today’s blog because it brings me back to the best time of my life. Mom was a teacher and we lived on a farm. In the summer she canned and preserved to no end. Our house smelled of pickling spices and sweet berries. Some recipes she used were on scraps of paper but she had one cookbook–The Five Roses Flour cookbook. Mom died when I was 12 and her store of preserves lasted us at least 2 years after. The well-worn cookbook patiently lay on a pantry shelf until I took it with me when I moved out. That cookbook is a link to the comfort of my childhood.

  149. We were a betty Crocker family! We still use the sugar cookie recipe for our Christmas xookies – the one from the 70s era book. 🙂

  150. Joy of Cooking and Fannie Farmer. I still use the Joy of Cooking Pecan Puffs cookie recipe every Christmas. Heavenly!

  151. My first memory of using a cookbook was asking to make something and my mother suggested I make cornbread for the Sunday soup bean dinner with the family. She opened her Better Homes and Gardens red and white checked binder-style book and index cards and worn pages fell out. She let me find the recipe myself and I was so enamored with the table of contents and tabs of “Appetizers,” “Eggs,” “Poultry” that I barely made it to the index, and along the way was even further distracted by the substitutions printed on the inside back cover. I followed the recipe exactly; my mother declared it the best cornbread she’d ever tasted, and wanted to know what I did as her attempts for years always met with mediocre results. My family also raved and begged for the recipe. I copied the recipe on an index card and started my own recipe box. I have the card in my 9-year-old handwriting in my recipe box today; I remember the moment like it happened last week. I made the cornbread last month for my husband. The Better Homes and Gardens cookbook has not yet made it into my library, but my mother has agreed to give me hers someday. In the meantime, I have the Joy of Cooking (3rd ed), Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2nd ed), Southern Living (2nd ed) and at least 20 others in my ever-growing library!

  152. My mother had an old copy of a Farmers Cookbook. It had everything, canning, freezing, drying, smoking. It had lard cakes!!!! Don’t think anyone would even think of eating one of them now. All together it was one of the best cookbooks I’ve ever used. I still use some of the recipes.

  153. My mom consulted her Betty Crocker cookbook regularly and I received a newer edition of Betty when I was engaged. My cookbook collection is rather large now, but I still consult Betty on occasion.

  154. Ooh fun! My parents had a Joy of Cooking cookbook (I’m not sure which edition, though), but didn’t cook much…I think I remember my mom using the Fannie Farmer cookbook the most.

  155. I grew up in the UK, so any Delia Smith cookbook was our go to. Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course is my go to on Christmas Eve for turkey timings.

  156. I can’t remember which cookbook got more use, The Joy of Cooking or the old Betty Crocker one. I have Joy on my cookbook shelf and it’s my go-to for cooking basics. And no matter what anyone says, the directions to hard boil an egg are the very best.

  157. I am from a Joy of Cooking household. I am so glad to see someone recognize the differences between the many various “cooking bibles.” At one point in college, when the Joy was my only cookbook, I attempted to make my way through the book similar to the later Julie and Julia project. My attempt lasted two weeks, but I still love this book. It is my go-to for everything and is now well worn especially around the banana bread, pancake and coffee cake pages. I think I have even attempted to consult this text for my preserves. But alas, your site in much more helpful.

  158. For my family is was usually hand written recipes that were passed down, but the Betty Crocker cookbook was on stand-by. I have always thought it would be nice to have The Joy of Cooking as well as Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

  159. We had a very old beaten and battered Betty Crocker cookbook that I recall using over and over for cookies, cakes, and pies.

  160. My grandmother was a cookbook collector, so we had them all, but I think Betty Crocker was treated more like our cooking bible.

  161. I would use them for apple or pear suace. All the kids are grown and these would be perfect for one meal at a time – NO WASTE YEAH!!!

    Also pickles – with many different types of vege’s, I make sweet, sour and hot.

  162. I can remember my mom having a Joy of Cooking when I was a kid, but have no idea what she did with it. The Joy of Cooking reminds me of Julia Child, something you’ll always treasure. I don’t know I actually have a favorite cookbook at present, I enjoy getting ideas from several.

  163. My mom always used the Joy of Cooking, but my grandma just used all hand-written recipe cards (or no recipe)! I remember her blueberry buckle as the best thing ever!

  164. I have a Joy of Cooking that was my Mother’s and a Better Homes and Gardens that was my Mother in Law’s. Both of them are annotated. I also have a few cookbooks that were my Granny Dot’s. One of them is over 100 years old and one of them is a Frigidaire cookbook she got when she got her first refrigerator in the 1930’s. Good stuff in there.

  165. we were totally a joy of cooking household. i’ve been trying to steal my mom’s mid-seventies copy for years, so it’s about time i have one of my very own!

  166. Grew up with a tattered Pillsbury Family Cookbook that my mother graciously gave me.

    Now, How to Cook Everything is my go-to basic.

  167. We had an earleir edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook, with the red and white checked cover. One year, for my parents anniversary, my sister and I (ages 6 & 10ish) made them hot dog wrap-ups for their dinner! We still joke about it today, as I had draped a sheet over the kitchen door, so that they couldn’t see in, and we set out their fancy wedding china to go with it!

  168. My mom always cracked open her red plaid Better Homes and Gardens cookbook when she made biscuits. I remember the red handle on the biscuit cutter and how I always insisted on eating the biscuits on my turtle plate. 🙂

  169. We were a Better Homes and Gardens kind of family. My favorite version was from the 60s. My grandmother’s copy is covered in batter and food stains and I was extremely excited to find that they had reissued the copy/recipes from that book a few years ago as a “vintage” edition. The recipes are straight out of Mad Men and I still love looking at it all the time. Now if only they could replicate that “old book” smell.

  170. The “I Hate To Cook” Cookbook by Peg Bracken, actually more than one over the years it seems since it was a soft cover pocketbook.

  171. My mom’s go-to cookbook was The 1961 New York Times cookbook. Mine has been the version of The Joy of Cooking that came out in the mid-90’s. It has completely fallen apart from use!

  172. We don’t have a family standard, but rather a collection of assorted cookbooks with a few family treasures coming from each.

  173. My parents still have one from Iowa called Kitchen Klatter that I grew up with. It has amazing recipes! But I love Joy of Cooking too.

  174. I have, what I call “the black cookbook”. I will have to look at the real name of it tonight. It belonged to my Gram, she was ana amazing hostess and cook, she was Martha before Martha….she did it all and did it well. My mom, on the other hand, isn’t really interested in cooking and gave me all of Grams books. As a young wife and mother, I learned to cook from this book…it has it all, how to plan for different dining occasions, how to set the table, plan a menu, preserve…..all in that fancy, pre 60’s style, heck! Maybe pre 50’s….I will consult and get back to you on the name and date of the “black cookbook”. it is fabric covered, black and hefty thick, like over 100 pages!
    The only book you need really!

  175. We’ve used the 12th Edition Better Homes and Garden Cook Book since I got it from my mom when I started college. Favorite recipe is the gravy recipe we use for biscuits and gravy every Sunday. Bonus:my husband cooks this treat every Sunday before Mass!

  176. My mom never used cookbooks so it was all about what was in her head. So my favorite cookbook is the one I made from all her recipes including how to create variations on those recipes. My favorite recipe is her true Hydrabadi Dumm Biryani. Of course mine never taste as amazing as her but does come close.

  177. I love my Nanas copy of the book but she refuses to let anybody remove it from her house so having my own would be awesome!

  178. Grew up with my grandparents, our church compiled a cookbook every year, the older ones always had the best recipes (10-15yrs old), they even included special mixtures and recipes for canning and preserving, im telling ya todays food prep and recipes are no where near what the flavors and tastes where back then!

  179. Our favorite cookbook growing up was not a published one – it was my mom’s cookbook, carefully curated and collected family recipes spanning generations.

  180. We were definitely a Joy of Cooking family. And the Joy banana bread is still my all time favorite banana bread recipe – with the wheat germ in it. That recipe has the honor of having one of the red ribbons to mark its page in my copy.

  181. I am a Joy of Cooking girl at heart myself. I think the first thing I ever made on my own was the low-fat coffee cake (who knows why that is what I chose!) and after that, drop biscuits. I still have the one I used, although I don’t check it nearly enough.

  182. JOY is my go to standard. I may change the recipe to suit the situation but I definitely use the standard information from this book to begin.

  183. I will go with my Mom’s old stand by- Betty Crocker. It’s so old and worn, but a good reference cookbook. Brings back many memories.

  184. Our family’s favorite recipes didn’t come from a specific cookbook but rather my grandmother’s old recipe box. The recipe cards are getting hard to read now but still have the best recipes on them. I think my favorite was her recipe for divinity at christmas time.

  185. I grew up in a Betty Crocker household. Several of the still family favorites have come from that cookbook. That was my go-to until about 5 years ago. The America’s Test Kitchen Family Skillet cookbook came out and we’ve been hooked ever since.

  186. the cookbook I remember my mom using growing up was an old ripped up tablet with little half sheets of paper placed here and there in it of all my family’s favorites…I believe it was my Great-Grandma’s….

  187. My mom has this old copy of Joy of Cooking. I’m not sure how old it is, just that it’s blue cover is very faded and beaten up. I loved that book and was sad that I didn’t have my own copy when I moved out on my own.

  188. To be perfectly honest, I don’t have a single book that I fall back on all the time. I do have Betty Crocker’s Cookbook, but I use it just about as much as I use any other than I own. Which I choose to use just depends on what I’m planning to make. Joy of Cooking would be a great addition to my collection. Thanks.

  189. My mom had (and has) a much-splattered copy of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. It was a spiral-bound copy inside and was very late-60s in its design and photos. She cooked a lot from its recipes but the most used one has to be the recipe for strawberry-rhubarb pie.

  190. After 25 years of use my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook looks a bit ragged because the back cover is missing but it has been very helpful over the years.

  191. My favorite cookbook is one that my grandmother gave me. It was an old church fund raiser one. It has a recipe for the best banana bread!

  192. The most worn cookbook in my mother kitchen was the Betty Crocker red 3 ring binder cookbook. The most used pages had character after many years.

  193. My mom had a Betty Crocker cookbook/binder. She majored in Home Economics and taught cooking classes for the gas company so a lot of what she made when I was growing up came from her head without really referring to her cookbooks.

    However, she has not passed these head recipes on to me, so I use cookbooks all the time. Mostly I use Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian, but the Joy of Cooking is also a great reference for me.

  194. I am an avid collector of cookbooks. I also search for recipes online, usually through Food and Wine or Food Network’s site, and print them to add to bulging file folders. I love cooking and eating of course and would love to add Joy of Cooking to my eclectic collection.

  195. I don’t remember ever seeing a cookbook in the house when I was growing up. My mother was a good cook (roasts, apple pie, lemon meringue pie are the things I most remember), and she made do with little money.

    When I started to take cooking seriously, my first cookbook purchase was at a thrift store, and it was “Joy of Cooking.” I think it was published in 1974. It has a list of all the previous printing dates, and March 1974 is the last date. That last copyright listed is 1964. My favorite recipe from the book is “Quick Sour Cream Coffee Cake.” I’ve made many other recipes from the book. They all turn out wonderfully. I use it as the go-to cookbook for research on recipes. I have quite a collection of cookbooks (mostly thrift store finds), and have recently donated about 1/2 of them to charity, because of lack of space! The “Joy of Cooking” is one that will never be donated! It’s a keeper.

  196. We always used my mom’s Betty Crocker, which she got as a wedding gift in 1980. Betty looks like she’s stuck in the 50s in the photo on the front. I used the pie crust recipe so many times that the page fell out.

  197. I cant remember a cookbook that my family used regularly, but I do remember my mom’s recipe book. It’s old, and has a soft/puffy cloth cover, in this bright green, 70’s style print. I have very fond memories of her pulling that out to consult the recipe for making pie crusts and fudge around the holidays.

  198. I grew up with the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook being the family cooking bible, although about 10 years ago (well after I was out of the house, of course!) my mom has turned to the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, and it is AMAZING! We never had the Joy of Cooking, so I’d love to try it out!

  199. Mom always had an assortment of spiral bound church cookbooks that had dog eared pages with her favorites marked.

  200. Our family’s favorite cookbook was a Better Homes And Gardens, but our favorite recipe was butter tarts, a dessert from the Canadian side of my family, which doesn’t usually appear in American cookbooks.

  201. My Mom never used a recipe book. It was mostly recipes that were handed down or they were different each time, depending on her taste of the food or if she was out of a certain spice. I have all my recipes that I start with and then tweak to who I’m cooking for.

  202. My family was a Betty Crocker household growing up – but I have since started branching out. It would be so hard to name a best cookbook, but I have several of the America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks and love them!

  203. Ours was a cookbook put out by LIFE called A Picture Cookbook. Two favorites were their sausage stuffing recipe and snickerdoodles!! Still make that sausage stuffing every Christmas!

  204. May favorite is the Betty Crocker cookbook with the red & white checked cover. I’m not even certain when I obtained my copy anymore, but I know I was a late teenager or early 20-something (so I’ve used this book going on 35 years!). My go-to recipe is for teriyaki sauce. We use it for everything . . . chicken marinade is especially yummy. My copy is well loved, with many pages reinforced from over use.

  205. We were a Joy of Cooking family growing up too. It was the double-check reference for any other recipe that looked dubious, and the place to start when none of the other innumerable cookbooks had what we were looking for. I have always been a big fan of the devil’s food cake recipe!

  206. My mother had a Pillsbury cookbook that I remember her using occasionally. I’ve been more of a Betty Crocker gal myself, using current and vintage editions in the past 12 years as I’ve learned to cook. Favorite recipe is Betty’s chocolate chip cookies!!!!!!!!

  207. We were a Fanny Farmer household – I have my grandmother’s copy as well as the one I was gifted when I moved out to my own kitchen! I’d love to check out the new Joy of Cooking too, though. 🙂

  208. I’d say it was a tie between the Joy of Cooking (the book was broken in two pieces, so it certainly saw a lot of use!), and Moosewood Cookbook.

  209. Mom used to have a GRANGE cookbook that dated to the early 60’s that I loved. When she died, it went to my sister, now I need to get it back!

  210. The big fat red Betty Crocker cookbook was the go to book at our house. Now my entire bookshelf is filled with cookbooks that I love!

  211. My wonderful Mother-in-Love gave me my first Joy of Cooking for Christmas early in our marriage. At first I felt that she thought I needed it now all these years later I realize she gave me special gift that I would use over and over again.

  212. Ah, yes, the 1960s era Betty Crocker cookbook! That one has been a kitchen foundation for generations on my mom’s side. I have one of the newer editions, and while I use it weekly (mostly as a reference), I still love looking through my mom’s copy. It’s one of the 3-ring binder variety with those classic 50s and 60s era drawings and photos. My cousins, sister and I would always take my grandmother’s copy out of her cabinet when we were there together, too.

    I default to the cornbread recipe in my Betty Crocker, too, and the pages are crinkled and smudged and smeared in the Cakes section, in particular 😉

    What lovely memories!

  213. I grew up with JOY – most of my childhood recipes revolve around my parents cooking a meal or a dessert from that cookbook, which, by the time I left the house, was falling apart. My dad gave me my own copy when I moved out on my own, and even though I don’t cook from it that often anymore, just hearing Joy of Cooking evokes so many memories for me. I’m going to go thumb through my copy now…

  214. thanks for the chance to such an awesome giveaway. Sadly my grandma hated to cook (she raised me). So she had no cookbook to pass down. But I love to cook, and I love to find cookbooks at thrift stores and garage sales. So far I love franie farmer’s. but I’ve been looking for a joy of cooking one, and I haven’t had the luck yet.

  215. I have the Joy of Cooking cookbook that was given to my mother as a wedding shower gift in 1955. I still refer to it for basic cooking knowlege. The familiar heavy grey book comforts me, knowing it’s sitting on my cookbook shelf just as it did at my parent’s house as I grew up. I treasure all of my cookbooks, but this one holds the best memories.

  216. Ours is The Silver Palate Cookbook. I make their bread pudding with whiskey sauce every Christmas. It’s my mom’s favorite dessert on this planet. So much so that she always has me make an extra tray just for her. I use this really great cinnamon bread from Costco, adding extra cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg to the recipe.

  217. I took one cookbook when I went to live in the Alaskan wilderness in the late sixties. ‘Joy of Cooking’ was so very helpful and basic. It taught me how to cook!

  218. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child has been a great resource for me. As has the Moosewood cookbooks, oh and this one on how to cook every vegetable. I don’t remember the title, but it goes through all the major vegetable families, tells you how to select them, prep them, and the best methods to cook them. Such an awesome book! My mom loved the red Betty Crocker cookbook and Southern Living.

  219. We were definitely a better homes and gardens cookbook family growing up. I was gifted a copy by my mom when I moved out on my own.

  220. Growing up I do not remember many cookbooks in the house except for the Betty Crocker cookbook. When microwaves came out, I remember my mom getting a microwave cookbook and trying many of the recipes. Maybe that is why I use mine for only reheating and popcorn.

  221. I live in Alaska. I cut up my first moose carcass by propping up Joy of Cooking and following the illustration showing the various parts of cows. Not perfect, but got the job done.

  222. At my dad’s house, it was probably Better Homes and Gardens, and that’s what he bought for me when I graduated from college, and which I still refer to for macaroni and cheese, peanut butter blossoms, jam thumbprints, and a few other staples.

    For my mom, it was a stack of loose papers, photocopies, or note cards that she always referred to for her go-to recipes. Last year for Christmas I made her a binder so she could finally organize them all, but I kind of miss reaching in the cupboard for that stack and sorting through other memory-filled recipes while searching for one in particular.

    Personally, I like the Joy of Cooking, and my go-to recipe from that is the milk bread, which, as I’ve built confidence in my own skills as a baker, I’ve modified and adapted to fit my tastes.

  223. our family had several of the mentioned cookbooks, but the one we turned to most often was the multivolume Women’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery.

  224. We were a Joy of Cooking family. My sister got my Mom’s well worn 1950’s version. I have a 1970’s edition (bought when I got my 1st apartment) and a 2000 edition that I bought because I few things had changed in the intervening 30 years!

    My favorite to page through, however, is a 1930’s eraone that I got at a garage sale for $3. The cover is held on with duct tape and rubber bands. Admittedly, I’ve never actually made anything from it. A comparison between it and my later versions demonstrates pretty well why as a nation are so over weight today. For example, cornbread then was mostly cornmeal, milk, l egg and a tiny bit of fat. Today’s cornbread has a lot more fat, eggs and often sugar. And then there’s the whole portion size growth!

  225. My family liked to use the Monroe-Crook house recipe book from Crockett, TX. Sounds crazy right?! Just a small town recipe book made up by the locals. Beyond that the women in my family all have recipe card boxes with each others recipes. I don’t think anyone knows the origin of them anymore!

  226. My first favorite cookbook was Better Homes & Gardens which I passed along to my now grown daughter. I also loved Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook which I still have but rarely use because my cooking style has changed greatly since the early ’70’s!

  227. Good old Betty Crocker — an old one from the 60s that I think we got by sending in the boxtops (also the source of a set of Oneida silverware). There’s a lemon pudding dessert that we really loved: a meringue topping on a lemony pudding layer. We have the later red binder version too, but still love the old one, especially for the mad-men-esque photos and illustrations.

  228. Thank you for reminding me to go dig out my old cookbooks! I have a 1946 Joy of Cooking, complete with a taped up binding from overuse. I also have a 1927 Butterick Book of Recipes and Household Helps. Both must have been my grandmother’s then my mom’s. There are handwritten recipes from both women stuffed in the covers – treasures I forgot about. I have meant to get into these books and play with some old recipes, so I’m glad you prompted me to go get them out of the cupboard.

  229. I come from a long line of Betty Crocker cookbook lovers. I’m not sure why I’ve never ended up with a copy of The Joy of Cooking now that I think about it. I’d love to add it to my collection.

  230. James Beards American Cookery was the staple in my Mom’s kitchen and she made sure I got a copy when I had my own kitchen. I’ve never owned the Joy of Cooking and would love to have a copy.

  231. I grew up on the blue version of Joy of Cooking, the left-most of your collection on the shelf. I think that my mom’s may have been a wedding present from her mother-in-law also. I think she’s finally retired that well-stained cookbook, but we all cooked much from it over decades.

  232. Joy of Cooking was my family’s favorite as well, and like many others, the first cookbook given to me when I moved into my own place. It’s amazing how different they each are. Mine is full of photo copied versions of recipes from my mother’s copy so I can recreate my childhood favorites.

    Now that I’m an adult with my own family, our family cookbook is a tie between Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” and Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything.”

  233. My mom was not much of a cook and neither am I. I do love to make jam, though, and I’m a pretty darn good baker. I’ve had the Joy as a reference volume for over 35 years and pull it out pretty regularly.
    When I was growing up my mom had a stack of pamphlets from the Culinary Institute of America that I used as my go-to guides. Their pamphlet on baking contains my all time favorite “Plain Pastry” recipe. It has fallen apart from use.

  234. My dad was the cook in our family and never used any recipes. Although we still had Joy of Cooking on our bookshelf.

  235. Our family favorite was always the Betty Crocker cookbook. In addition my mom always had a Joy of Cooking. Today I have both, as well as the gingham-covered BH&G cook book and of course other specialty cookbooks.

    My favorite recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook is the waffle recipe. We use it about 45 Sundays of the year to make lunch.

  236. I come from the Joy camp! Just last week I made Louisiana-Style Chayote and Fried Eggplant from Joy of Cooking. Let me pause for a moment by saying, that when I received the chayote in my CSA, I had no clue what it was. So, to research it in Joy and create a delicious meal with it, is pretty incredible, in my opinion. And you might be thinking…”A recipe for Fried Eggplant. Seriously?” I know fried eggplant is a pretty basic concept, but trust me; try Joy’s technique. It’s worth it. Both recipes get top marks!

  237. I’m definitely another Joy of Cooking fan, though I only have four editions. It was the crepes (we called them roll-ups) that was our family’s favorite. Though I did find the information on plucking and drawing game birds in one of the older editions handy when I was given an entire pheasant!

  238. Better Homes and Gardens Homemade Cookies!!! When I was a kid I could have looked through it for ages. Still could!

  239. I have this paperback of Betty Crocker’s given to my husband as a gag gift on his stag party before our wedding. We learned the art of cooking together for the first time. Our favorite: Garlic-Rosemary Rib Roast.

  240. Both my wife’s family and mine have Betty Crocker. We use her grandmother’s copy. We were given a newer edition but still use the older one with the special instruction in the margins. The New England Clam Chowder is the best I ever had.

  241. Betty Crocker! Most of my “cooking” as a kid was baking at Christmas, so for me the fave is a toss up between sugar cookies or pizzelles!

  242. We had only the Betty Crocker cookbook in the house when I was growing up, but my mother avoided cooking as much as she could. I don’t know if she ever used the cookbook. But I cook and have a decent library of cookbooks – but not Joy (yet!).

  243. Yes, we had the Betty Crocker cookbook but Mother also had a recipe box stuffed to the gills with recipe cards in her mother’s and grandmother’s handwriting as well her own additions from her Amish neighbors early in her married life. We would pull out the entire “cookie” section during Thanksgiving weekend and sort out which dozen or so cookie recipes would be made for Christmas that year . . . .

  244. Wow! My mother gave me my copy of “Joy” and my favorite recipe therein would be the Sour Cream Cheesecake. I make at least one every year at Thanksgiving and my son has begun requesting another for his birthday celebration in February. My copy has also been modernly “redesigned” with gravy, oil (and cheesecake!) swirls! I love my Joy.

  245. My mom’s go to cookbook was a yellow laminated church bake sale book that she bought at a garage sale. Stuck between all the pages were her own recipe cards, photocopies and things torn out of magazines. It had the best lemon bar recipe in the entire world!!

  246. My first cookbook was the gold Fannie Farmer one. I received it at my wedding shower when I was 18 years old (!!!) from my former mother-in-law. In one large box, she had put a cookbook, a dictionary, and a bible, with a note that said: “Food for the Body; Food for the Mind, and Food for the Soul.” She was pretty clever ! I am now 55, remarried and have a lot of cookbooks and a binder with special recipes – but I do not own a Joy of Cooking book. I don’t know why not!

  247. My mom has the red and white plaid and I’ll always think of it and the stuffing recipe we use! I am very partial to Encyclopedia of American Cooking, not well known, but alphabetical by ingredient so very helpful when dealing with a glut of something in particular or you know you want chicken, but want something different. And it is older so some of the recipes make me kind of cringe or have notes for a certain can size, which is very different than how we cook now. FUN!


  248. I grew up with the Betty Crocker cookbook! I managed to find a vintage copy just like my mom’s since she didn’t want to part with it!

  249. My favorite cookbook was my mom’s Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book. As a child every Christmas was filled with hours upon hours of baking cookies from the book to package and give as gifts to our teachers. This was in the days well before gift cards were an option. When she passed away its was one of my treasures. So much so that I scoured used book sites to get copies for my sisters. Fortunately they reprinted the original so all 4 girls could have one…Cooking isn’t just creating food, its a way to connect to the past and my mom.

  250. Betty Crocker. And we had a set of thinner speciality books. I loved the pink birthday part book and the yellow kids cookbook.

  251. My mother honestly rarely cooked for us, I’ve had to start my own tradition of family cookbooks… In the spirit of starting new traditions: MY favorite cookbook is How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson and her recipe for zucchini pie is to die for.

  252. our family went back again and again to a combo of the ultimate southern living cookbook and fannie farmer. my favorite recipes from both are baking recipes. southern livings cheddar drop biscuits and fannie farmers banana bread are both common fair in this house!

  253. For me it was a tie between Joy of Cooking and Fannie Farmer. My copies are worn out taped together bundles held in place with rubber bands!

  254. My household is a Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything Vegetarian household. We have lots of nice supplements for regional or specialty cooking, but Bittman is boss.

  255. My Mom, occasionally, consulted her Betty Crocker cookbook….usually just made up the recipes as she went along. I love cookbooks…

  256. My Mom cooked by instinct and didn’t use a cookbook except when she baked and then it was usually Betty Crocker

  257. I learned to cook with Better Homes and Gardens. Joy was on the shelf but I didn’t look into it much, I don’t know why. Time to remedy that now!

  258. Betty Crocker — I can still picture many of the pages and wish I still had my mom’s copy. Now I have so many cookbooks that I’m hard pressed to say which is my favorite . . . it’s always changing. Enjoyed “The New Vegetarian Grill” by Andrea Chesman over the summer months. The Foil-Wrapped Potatoes with Blue Cheese were a favorite.

  259. DH and I both have a copy of the Betty Crocker cookbook. He is the main cook in the household and I would love to gift the Joy of Cooking to him for Christmas.

  260. Our “go to” cookbook is our Betty Crocker cookbook. I love that it’s the binder type just like the one my mom used. Hers was Better Homes and Garden, I think. Chocolate Chip cookies is the recipe we use the most. 🙂

  261. Strangely enough, my family did both Betty Crocker AND the Joy. I have my grandma’s copies of both, sitting next to my first edition of Julia in my kitchen for good food juju.

  262. Igrew up with Betty Crocker with a fraying fabric covered hard back and many spatters.
    Now my favorite is Goodness Gracious. Yummy recipes and beautiful drawings on each page.

  263. I grew up with the red and white Betty Crocker cookbook. I stayed with my grandmother frequently and it was the only cookbook she owned. My cookbook hoarding self finds that hard to imagine! I mainly made the chocolate chip cookies but do remember baking cakes and quick breads on occasion. The book was left to me and is now part of my vintage kitchen display.

  264. Mine is the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I’ve been cooking on my own for many years now and this is what I constantly refer to. My favorite recipe (also can do it mostly without looking) is pancakes – a Sunday morning treat for my husband and I. I also just recently inherited the entire Julia Child collection from my late grandmother, one of the most treasured gifts she gave me was teaching me to cook the way Julia taught her.

  265. Joy Of Cooking is defintly one of my favorite. I inherited my great aunt’s copy and love all her notes. She and her sister use to be cooks and shaperons in an all women’s dorm. I still always look at the cookbook when I make pot roast. My other favorite cookbook is Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. So far it hasn’t steared me wrong. I’ve loved everything I’ve made out of it.

  266. I remember a Joy of Cooking in my house growing up, as well as an ancient Fanny Farmer I gave to my mother one year for her birthday. However, I was never really into cooking in any real sense until I was on my own. Now (despite the internet), my partner and I love cookbooks (FIJ and Organic Kitchen being two faves).

  267. My mom had BH&G, Joy and Fannie. She honestly didn’t use them much. She learned recipes from her mother and I from her, and each generation liked to cook by the seat of our pants (so to speak).

  268. I didn’t grow up with Joy of Cooking in our house; so when I was in my 20s and had my own house, I set out to find one. I found the one from the 1950s at an estate sale, and it is the only one I still own. I collect cookbooks, but have never gotten another Joy.

    As a bonus, the Rombauer family is buried here at the cemetery where I work. I drive by the Irma Rombauer every day! And she once lived only a few blocks from where my house is now.

  269. My mom is a Joy of Cooking kind of gal, my mother-in-law prefers Betty. My go to cookbook is Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

  270. I didn’t grow up with Joy of Cooking and for some reason never quite understood its appeal (why? I adore cookbooks in general). I think I should give it another fair shake, then again I have four “basics” cookbooks on my shelf as it – but I’d love to find a great version that feels appropriate for wedding gifts, maybe Joy would be that book.

    I grew up with Better Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook (seemingly an oddball out in the basic cookbook memory – I taught myself to make a white sauce with that book and loved to flip through the front pages dreaming of making things like petit fours and beignets). I keep a copy of the red & white checked cookbook around when I want a non-fussy version of a recipe, and their cornbread which I almost have memorized.

  271. My mom depended on Betty Crocker for a number of recipes. I mostly remember her looking them up for a quick bread.

  272. I am not a very good cook, although I try and once in a while produces edible dishes. This book will surely help me – I want to learn how to bake,

  273. My country church parish published a cookbook that contained the favorite recipes of families that were our neighbors! My copy is now stained and torn!

  274. I was a “Joy” girl growing up–however I do refer to Fanny Farmer, and absolutely cherish my grandmother’s Betty Crocker 3-ring binder (held together with duct tape, of course!). As for favorite recipes–banana bread from Fanny (what to do with all those overripe bananas!?)

  275. My sister is the cook in the family – I am mostly the taster and critic. We can use this book to cook together and bond. My favorite dish is eggplant parmigiana – I’m sure it’s in the cookbook.

  276. My family had three go tos: Better Homes and Gardens, Betty Crocker, and the Madison Country Farm Bureau cookbook, published by our local farm bureau. I still use the zucchini bread recipe from the Farm Bureau book; can’t find anything to beat it!

  277. Some of the favorite cookbooks used in my childhood home and now in my own home are local ward cookbooks from our church. Good home cook’n for sure!

  278. I remember looking through my mom’s Betty Crocker cookbook. My most favorite recipes were all the different cookies!

  279. I love Joy of Cooking and have used the one I received at my bridal shower so much, it is really stained on all my favorite pages. My favorite cookbook growing up was Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls

  280. I have a cookbook fetish which started with my Mom’s cookbook, titled “The Modern Family Cookbook”, by Meta Given. I still have the family copy. My Mom also used the individual paper booklets issued by the Culinary Arts Institute, some of which I still have, including “250 Luscious Refrigerator Desserts”.

  281. Joy of Cooking!!!!!! And I need a new one!! The brownie recipe is missing in mine and I can’t find the copy that my mother (now passed away) sent me.

  282. my favorite cookbook is an old church ladies cookbook that my great grandmother gave to me. i dont recall which group of ladies put it together (the cover was lost long ago), but it is filled with all kinds of country classic cooking.

  283. My favorite cookbook has been The Betty Crocker cookbook. My mother bought it for me when I was a senior in high school. It had many valuable tips and wonderful recipes that I have used many times growing into adulthood and beyond!! LOL My family’s alltime favorite recipe was for Stuffed Peppers. Still a-go-to dinner.

  284. I remember the Joy of cooking while growing up and it is one of my favorite. That said, I used to have a Southern Living cookbook that I used most. You should see my grandmother’s copy of The Joy of Cooking, it is awesome!

  285. I use a cookbook I received as a shower gift. Culinary Institute of America. Even has game recipes! A Boston School of Cooking by Fannie Merritt Farmer is fun to look at.

  286. My maternal grandmother used the Joy of Cooking for the Vanilla Sauce recipe for Christmas suet pudding. My paternal grandmother cooked from memory. My mother cooked the first time in her life after her honeymoon. The cookbook I used as a child was the local “Church” cookbook. My early cooking skills were learned by baking; bread, cookies, cakes, etc.

  287. We didn’t have a cookbook that we used nearly as much as my mum’s recipe box. Wooden, rectangular, and filled with spattered, dog-eared recipe cards, many of which had different handwriting on ’em, because family and friends had shared their secret recipes with us. That one box held a lot of memories.

  288. When I was growing up, my mom always used recipe cards. I think they were a collection of recipes she had copied from family, friends, cookbooks, and magazines. She still has those boxes of cards. What I remember most are the cookie recipes, she made lots of homebaked cookies.

  289. We were a Better Homes & Garden’s family. I have my Mother’s, as well as my husband’s Grandmother’s copy. We’re a good match, in that sense, he and I. I love banana bread, and their zucchini bread is the only one I’ve ever made.

  290. I grew up with the Fannie Farmer, so of course I have that too, but my grandmother gave me Joy of Cooking when I moved out on my own, and it’s my most-referenced cookbook, especially around Thanksgiving.

  291. I have the paperback edition of Joy of Cooking that my dad received as a gift when he moved into his first apartment after college… and I will NEVER part with it, however threadbare it may become! Would love an updated version, though, so I can save the binding on the old ones. 🙂

  292. Cookbooks growing up, haha! We ate mainly from Schwann’s frozen foods. But nowadays my favorite is “The Perfect Scoop” by David Lebovitz… yay for ice cream!

  293. I grew up with my mom having the Betty Crocker Cookbook Binder &I totally enjoyed looking at that cookbook as a child. Since I was about 15, I started collecting Recipes & then cookbooks! I confess I have an addiction! I love to cook & I have over hundreds of cookbooks. I love to hunt thrift stores &garage sales!I love the older ones best! Great giveaway!!

  294. I have been collecting cookbooks scavenged from the local thrift stores as an adult, but growing up the go-to cookbook was the Make-A-Mix Cookery, which my mom would use to make meals that could feed an army for several weeks. She hasn’t relinquished possession of her copy yet, but I managed to find one of my own!

  295. I still make oatmeal cookies with the recipe from The Better Homes &Gardens Junior Cookbook I got back in the 60’s.

  296. The Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook that my Mom used in her early 60s home ec. class was my favorite among the collection in my childhood home. There were two reasons – a hot cross buns recipe and the vintage drawings of people, bepearled and whatnot.

  297. Oh, what fun! And what a wonderful cookbook to have.

    Definitely a Betty Crocker kind of gal here. Still refer to it. But do not remember any from childhood. Mom had a few favorite recipes that were actually written on index cards, but mostly we had things which she just put together. Occasionally, there were clippings from newspapers also stuck into the recipe box.

  298. As a child, I learned to cook from an older version of Joy of Cooking! Blue, ragged around the edges, with lots of bookmarked pages (bookmarks were a mix of recipes clipped from magazines, pieces of ribbon, or a panel or box piece with another recipe. My own Joy of Cooking has my mother’s pie crust recipe (handwritten) taped into the back. All four of my children have learned to cook from it, and my two girls would steal mine if not that I’ve promised to find them vintage versions as gifts. It’s so much fun to find older ones with someone’s mother’s writing in the margins! Thanks for a happy memory!

  299. I’ve always relied on the Betty Crocker cookbook. I especially love the muffin recipe (I make mine blueberry) – easy, quick and always delicious!

  300. It was mainly the betty crocker cookbook growing up….i still have a very thick paperback copy that my mom used… make pumpkin bread out of it all the time…

  301. We have the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for standard recipes. Some day I will get my Grandmas cookbook where she collected recipes.

  302. I have the 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking. I got this cookbook brand-new, and now it is so beat up– the pages are falling out, and the cover ripped up. This is my go-to for practically everything. I just turned to the section on pies– it’s the season for apple and pumpkin!

  303. Well my mother only made things that came out of a box. So no favorite cookbook from my childhood but as a young wife I was given a copy of a Betty Crocker cookbook and I still go back to it today. Mostly for Banana Bread, Apple Crisp and Pizza Dough.

  304. I learned to cook from a Betty Crocker I got when I first came to the US in the mid-’70s. Its pages are splashed with various batters, & it’s been chewed on by dogs, & I still use it for the cornbread, banana bread, pumpkin pie, & lemon meringue pie recipes.

  305. I grew up using recipes out my mom’s box that had been handed from her mom and grandmas; and from a family cookbook that is surmised of recipes from my great-grandparents and all of their offspring.

  306. My mother never had a favorite cookbook and neither do I. I like to get recipes out of magazines and videos I see on Youtube.

  307. My Mom has an old (don’t know how old- it was her mother’s) copy of the Fannie Farmer cookbook. As with your JOY cookbook, it comes complete with a worn, torn and repaired dust jacket and food stained pages. The most used recipes? No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, and scalloped corn for the Holidays.

  308. Growing up, my Mom mostly “shot from the hip” or it was a 3×5 card. If there really needed to be a cookbook recipe, it came from the Joy of Cooking. My copy of Joy of Cooking falls open to waffles, the recipe made me the “Waffle King.”

  309. My mom had, and still has, a notebook style Better Homes cookbook. The pages are falling out and there are stains galore! I received an original Fanny Farmer cookbook from my mother imlaw that she got as a wedding present as an English war bride! My favorite recipes are from that original version….lemon curd and the best pie crust! There are many notes in the margin she added so many years ago.

  310. My mom’s Better Homes cookbook, so used that it fell apart, or the dog ate it. Or both… I’m not entirely certain. We used that cookbook for Everything!

  311. I have hundreds of cookbooks, if I could only keep one it would be Joy of Cooking. So often I look for what I think is a “new recipe idea” mor often than not I can find the inspiration in J of C, mine is 45 years old.

  312. My mom has a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and I have Fannie Farmer cookbooks that I got when I was probably about 14.

  313. My Mom had a cardboard recipe box that was falling apart!! When I married in 1966, I received BOTH the Better Homes and Gardens AND the Betty Crocker cookbooks, but I did NOT receive the Joy of Cooking Cookbook!!! The first recipe that I made as a young bride was the macaroni and cheese recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook…I have it committed to memory after all these years…and we still love it!!

  314. In my household, I grew up with a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (so old the pages were falling out) and I now have a more recent edition. I would love a Joy of Cooking cookbook to add to my collection!

  315. The church cookbook from my grandmothers church was always out, especially for desserts! Funny, considering my mother, and subsequently myself, rejected the church early on!
    I actually am surprised that we don’t own The Joy of Cooking – glaring omission. Thanks for the chance.

  316. The red Betty Crocker cookbook from the 50’s was the one my Mom used. Some favorites from that book: bread pudding and vanilla sauce, cinnamon rolls.

  317. Joy of Cooking was a mainstay in my Mom’s kitchen, and she gave me a copy as a wedding gift. It and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone are now my “cooking bibles”. LOVE this book! So excited to hear that there is going to be a new edition!! And that there is a website? This made my day! 🙂

  318. Both of my parents being Polish immigrants, I grew up with “Kuchnia Polska,” which roughly translates to “The Polish Kitchen.” This cookbook was constantly consulted in the week leading up to Christmas Eve, as my mother prepared for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. I don’t think any other cookbook has a recipe for fish in unflavored gelatin.

  319. My mother had an ancient binder bound Culinary Institute of America book (like from the 30’s) All the chapters were separately bound. I learned to cook from it and found a bound copy some years ago after my mother’s fell apart. She still has it but I don’t think she cooks from it anymore.

  320. Betty Crocker red and white checker board with splattered pages. I love to read cookbooks like a novel. It would be a joy to have another one to add to my collection.

  321. Every recipe my mom used was stored in her head. She was a master of throwing things together and pleasing 13 children and 1 husband.

  322. I learned to cook from my mom’s 1960s version of the Betty Crocker cookbook. It had a recipe for oatmeal cookies that isn’t included in recent versions and I haven’t been able to find anything like it.

  323. My go-to reference is the original Martha Stewart cookbook with the teal cover. Every recipe I have tried is no-fail. A favorite is her angel food cake with lemon curd.

  324. My mom and grandmother seemed to cook everything out of their head. I however cut my cooking teeth on Betty Crocker and Southern Living magazine.

  325. My ‘family’ is currently 3 college students and 2 cats. Our favourite cookbook is a battered copy of cocktail manual from the 1970s. Totally retro, totally hilarious, and with the best ingredients.

  326. Better Homes and Gardens was the cookbook at our house along with recipe cards and recipes clipped from newspapers.

  327. I grew up in a Better Home and Gardens household. I LOVED my very own BHG binder when I was in middle school and still have it today. I gave a copy to my best friend when she moved out on her own to New York, and a copy to my brother when he graduated high school. But now my go-to, absolute favorite reference is Bittman’s How to Cook Everything (and his other books, too…). I love Bittman!

  328. When I was a child my mom reached most often to the Betty Crocker cookbook her mother-in-law gave her as a wedding gift. When I moved out on my own I bought The New Basics by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins- it’s now deliciously stained and dog-eared.

  329. The Joy of Cooking was the standard reference cookbook at my house as well. When it was updated when I was in college in the ’90s, I ran out to buy a copy of the old version (the one with illustrations for how to skin a squirrel) because I couldn’t imagine ever setting up my own house without it. I still just have that one old copy, and I love it–but occasionally I hear about recipes in the updated version that sound darn good too. And to be honest, I never do use the old turtle soup recipe….

  330. Growing up, my Grams always used her mother’s recipe box to get my favorites from. But she also used her mother’s original copy of the Joy of Cooking. To this day, it still sits in the kitchen next to the stove.

  331. Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen was a book that my entire family loved to cook from. In middle school I made one of my first complex recipes from it – Cajun Shepherd’s Pie – which was (and still is) a family favorite. I’m so happy for the fall weather, because it means shepherd’s pie will be on the menu again soon!

  332. We were a Better Homes and Garden household, although there were several church cookbooks that were also regularly consulted!

  333. I have the 75th anniversary edition. I have used it many, many times but most often for the awesome, crunchy, butter-filled waffle recipe that my hubby and I adore.

  334. My mom and grandma always used Betty Crocker’s cookbook. My grandma bought me my own copy when I was in high school, and when I moved out on my own my mom gave me the old Betty Crocker cookbook (actually a 5-ring binder) that I remember her always using when I was a kid. It has all of her notes and old food stains sprinkled throughout. The recipe I remember most fondly is the Nut Bread recipe, which my mom had notated as “Great Banana Bread” with her substitutions. She always made banana bread when I was young and I guess it’s kind of become a comfort food that reminds me of my childhood.

  335. I love The New Best Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. Everything I have ever tried from that cookbook has been a home run.

  336. I love the Betty Crocker cookbook! It has my go to recipes for so many things from hamburger stroganoff to blueberry muffins!

  337. Oh wow I am so glad they have a website – thanks for sharing that! I grew up in South Africa where my boss had a copy and I coveted that. When I went to the USA and got my own copy I did nothing for days as I read it cover to cover. I cant enter the giveaway as I live in Australia, but I just wanted to put in a good word for the Joy of Cooking… love it (of course it is very old and food spattered and falling apart)

  338. My mother used Betty Crocker, and I got one for a wedding gift, too. I always use the apple pie recipe from it.

  339. My first cookbook was the James Beard Cookbook, and probably the one I am most fond of as that was how I learned to cook.

  340. Orange cover sixties Betty Crocker. Whenever I can’t remember a recipe or need a basic I flip to it. I have a 90’s version but grew up with that tatty orange cover of my mom’s.

  341. I’d have to say it’s a toss up between Joy and Betty. I have strong memories of my mother with both of them in her hands. I have several editions of both on my own cookbook shelf.

  342. Our go-to cookbook growing up was an Amish/Mennonite cookbook my mom picked up at a general store in Lancaster County, PA. The recipes are so homey and rich and taste exactly like I remember in my childhood. I can’t remember the specific name of the book, but our favorite recipe was definitely the “Chicken Pot Pie” which was more like a stew with wide, flat noodles and potatoes (no pie crust or biscuits were involved). I’m thinking this weekend I’ll drive up to my mom’s and dig out the book to search for some new inspiration.

  343. One of our favorites is from a local berry & vegetable farm, it’s called “Gentleman’s Ridge Customer Choice Cookbook” and has lots of recipes from local folks. Our favorites are the cobbler & blueberry dessert (the latter submitted by my Mom! ).

  344. Joy of Cooking! I think I have that same turquoise fabric bound book you talked of. It was also a hand-me-down from grandmother to mother to me! Mine has also been tapped back together and doesn’t really hold it shape right anymore. But it will always be my go to for biscuits and cornbread!

  345. We didn’t have one. I don’t remember there being a cookbook in the house. Maybe that was the problem with my mom’s cooking!

  346. The Joy of Cooking was my favorite. It was one of the few things I really wanted after my mom died. My favorite recipe – the brownie recipe. Although I have gone on to have several more that I consistently use. I bought a Joy of Cooking when I first went out on my own.

  347. My grandmother was a great collector of recipes, so I was very fortunate to grow up in a household that had the big 3, with the addition of many newspaper clippings, and one Fanny Farmer cookbook from 1912 that has many useful recipes in it once you figure out how to transfer the cook temps from woodstove to gas…;))

  348. I believe my mother’s was Fannie Farmer, I used that book so much growing up to make biscuits, it falls open to that page to this day when I haven’t used it in 10 years or so.
    My mother has to call me every time she pulls it out because it reminds her of me and we live 1600 miles apart now.

    I have thumbed through JOC in the past and I think it would be nice to have. All I’ve got is a Betty Crocker for my base book and then a bunch of categorized cookbooks.

  349. Ours was the Sleepy Eye, MN church cookbook. It really has it all. The German potato salad was never missing from a family function.

  350. At our house it was Joy of Cooking too. Mom still has her copy and we’ve got the white 1975 edition which still gets referred to. Apple pie is the go to recipe in this book. Simple, perfect each time.

  351. The only cookbook my mother uses to this day (and only for a few things) is the Betty Crocker Cookbook she received as a wedding gift. It appears at Thanksgiving and ensures that we will not go without dressing or harvard beets. When I taught myself to bake, I used the Betty Crocker cookbook for boys and girls! I love cookbooks.

  352. Our family cookbook growing up was McCalls. My mothers is turquoise and one of the things I did the summer before I moved into my own place was to scour garage sales for a copy of my own. Finally got one although my cover is green. The spice cake from it is to die for, and it was a great way to look up things I felt like I should have known but didn’t — how *do* you poach an egg?

  353. My mother always turned to her Better Homes and Gardens book, but for me and my crew, the new standard is America’s Test Kitchen. Theirs are the books most often on my counter, and almost everything that I have ever made from those pages turns out amazing!

  354. My mom isn’t much of a cook but when she did decide to cook she’d pull out the Betty Crocker cookbook. I’d love to try out the Joy of Cooking cookbook!

  355. I never saw anyone using a cookbook growing up (which explains so, so much)! Somehow, I’ve ended up an avid lover of cookbooks…and cooking blogs 🙂

  356. I have a circa 1970’s-ish betty crocker. I have used it immensely. I would love to test out the Joys of Cooking though! See how the two stack up against each other.

  357. For me it is the Betty Crocker, my copy was my mom’s (who has passed) and has the torn and food-stained pages all over. My boyfriend has an older Joy of Cooking copy too that he adores.

  358. Fanny Farmer and the NYT Cookbook was the go-to in my household. My Mom had much used recipes bookmarked with straight pins, and I remember a pearl end pin marked the entry for ‘pancakes’, yummy memories. I don’t own “Joy of Cooking” so this would be awesome.

  359. We had a bright orange Betty Crocker in our house growing up that’s still around! Sadly, we had no Joy 🙁 that’s super sad. Mom made a chicken & rice dinner with Betty’s white sauce that we all l-o-v-e-d.

  360. My Grandma gave me a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook when I was a teenager and it has been my go-to cookbook for the past 20 years. It’s been falling apart for the last decade, but I recenly found a hard cover replacement for just $1 at a garage sale and it is brand spanking new!

  361. How much do the Joys vary from version to version?

    Our go-to cookbook was a baking book published by Better Homes & Gardens, whose name I don’t recall, but it had clearly printed recipes with bright pictures.

  362. I was always a Betty Crocker fan, but my husband swears by Joy of Cooking…and I think I’m a convert! You can’t go wrong with Joy of Cooking!

  363. Our favorite cookbook growing up was from the our church, The Art of Greek Cookery by the St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. We were also a Better Homes and Gardens house, but they just don’t tell you how to cook lamb the right way.

  364. When I was in high school working in the library I would sometimes look through cookbooks to pass the time. I found an old family recipe from my great grandmother, City Chicken, in the book and was floored. In the days before the internet here was a mention of our recipe in print not just handed down verbally. It was great.

  365. My family cookbook was the Betty Crocker cookbook, in the red three-ring binder. I loved it so much that my mom got me my own copy for Christmas a few years ago. Our favorite recipe wasn’t actually from that cookbook, though– it’s the lasagna recipe from the back of the Skinner’s box!

  366. We didn’t have a family favorite but now I use America’s Test Kitchen’s cookbook as my go-to guide for everything!

  367. I have a well used Better Homes and Garden cookbook. We also recently aquired one at an aunt’s estate sale from the early 1940’s that has an opening chapter on wartime meal planning. I’m looking forward to having more time to read it. I don’t have any of the Joy of Cooking books and would love to have one.

  368. I got my copy of “the joy” when I left for university. It is well loved, well used and well splattered! I’d love to replace, oops no, more likely supplement, my old one with the new!!

  369. I cannot remember the name of the cookbook, but it was in a three-ring binder (so nice because it laid flat when you were using it!). So many extra recipes added on scraps of paper. The popular ones all got torn out after too many uses. I didn’t have a favorite recipe, but I loved looking through the cookbook at all the wonderful pictures!

  370. My grandmother had an old, old, old Fannie Farmer that she used often and had written in adjustments along the way. The book is so old and musty, but I love it, and they don’t even make paper like that anymore!

  371. My mother could not cook to save her life. Her idea of cuisine was to make patties out of canned tuna, flour and an egg and fry them. No salt pepper or seasoning of any kind. Yech. So when I grew up and married I had no idea how to cook and learned through trial and much error. I married before the internet age, have dozens of cookbooks and go to the southern living cookbooks most often. I do not own a joy of cooking and would really like to have one. My sons favorite recipe as a child was the pot pie recipe off the bisquick box. I would purée vegetables and add them to the pot pie when he wasn’t looking because he would not eat veggies. In the irony of it all, he has grown up to be a vegetarian. Endlessly, amusing that one. Thanks.

  372. I remember an old Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book book that was obviously dearly loved, and I now it’s in our kitchen. In our house I use my family recipe book the most – it’s a collection of cards that family members jotted down loved family recipes on. I love it.

  373. We were a Betty Crocker household; I remember the sugar cookie recipe in particular. But we only used the red copy with a portrait of Betty on the front, probably dating from the mid-70s or so. I remember once, at my dad’s suggestion, my brothers and I put our money together and bought my mom a new edition. I don’t believe she’s ever opened it.

  374. I’ve had and used my mom’s Joy of Cooking since she passed away in 1982. It was old then, but still servicable in its turquoise cover with white diagonal stripes. I don’t know its age, but my parents were married in 1927, and I suspect that she bought it when Joy was still a fairly new cookbook in the marketplace. I bought a copy for my new daughter-in-law to-be three years ago. I would love to have the 75th anniversary edition to pass along to my only granddaughter with the advice that good food, good friends, and good times shared make for a good life well lived. There’s no greater joy than cooking good food for the ones you love.

  375. I have the turquoise edition – I got it from my mom, and I think it was my grandmother’s before her. But the cookbook that ruled in our house when I was a kids was the red and white checked Better Homes & Gardens 3-ring binder!

  376. I grew up with the Betty Crocker cookbook and it was the first cookbook my mom bought for me as I went off to college. The start of my cookbook collection. Would love to add this addition to my shelf (but don’t tell my hubby – he already thinks I have too many!).

  377. My Mom didn’t know what to do with a cookbook (literally) so I learned to cook “out of self defense” (her words). My early go to cookbook was Fanny Farmer, followed by Julia, Julia, and Julia. It’s been years since I bought a general purpose cookbook, Joy would be very welcome.

  378. i grew up with the joy of cooking…so did my boys. My son Ryan is now a local chef… it was fun to read about some of your condition issues with your copy of Joy- we encrusted page 624- banana bread. wistful sigh

  379. I have 2 cookbooks that I have had for years and still use, the first one is Betty Crocker 1971 edition (the year I got married), my book is in sad, sad shape (no front or back cover) I still make the Russian Tea Cakes every Christmas. I also have Joy 1979 edition still love thumbing through to get ideas for dinner.

  380. This takes me back when I first found my love of cooking. Raised by a single mother it was often my duty to help out or make diner all by myself. This was my go to book for diner and has taught me almost everything I know about cooking. I know I appreciated the recipes as well as my younger bother and sister.

  381. My mother’s favorite cookbook was a Decatur, Alabama Juniot League cookbook entitled “Cotton COuntry” that was published in the late 1950s. It’s a great cookbook and I treasure my mom’s grease-splattered copy that I inherited when she died. My go to book is Julia’s “The Art of French Cooking.”

  382. So funny, like you Betty Crockers Cookbook cover is held on with tape. Some well worn pages fell out and are shoved back in place. Every year I pull it out before cooking the turkey. But the most used and favorite recipe of all is for brownies. I even purchased a newer version but I always go back to the one handed down to me.

  383. My family’s favorite was the Joy of Cooking and for Thanksgiving, it was Betty Crocker.

    One of our favorite recipes is brownies:
    Preheat oven to 350° F.

    Melt together:

    2 baker squares
    1 stick butter

    Once smooth, add:

    Add sugar (1 c) and vanilla (1 tsp)

    Add eggs (2), one at a time

    Add all purpose flour (3/4 c)

    Pour into greased 8 x 8 pan.

    Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove when toothpick comes out mostly clean.

  384. It’s not a book, technically, but my mom has a box of handwritten recipes on index cards, splattered with grease and age. She would pull the cards out for holidays, particularly her recipe for brisket tsimmes, and I liked watching her work: the image of the holiday and generations of women linked through a passed-down recipe.

  385. Betty Crocker has been the stand by in my family, but I would love to try Joy. One of my most often used recipes is for apple crisp. I use the same recipe but use whatever fruit I happen to have on hand.

  386. Oh, I LOVE this! When I was a kid, moms cookbook of choice was BH&G. My “go to” cookbook is Southern Living Ultimate Cookbook. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  387. I frequently refer to my Joy of Cooking, but I would have to say my favorite is one from the Moosewood family-probably Sundays at Moosewood.

  388. Better Homes and Gardens all the way. My Mom’s was used until the cover literally fell off. I have my own copy and it’s still my go-to cookbook for standard-type recipes. I’d love to get my hands on the Joy of Cooking! I hope I win! 🙂

  389. We had the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, but I don’t remember my mom using it. Mostly we kids used it to make cookies.

  390. Our family’s best loved cookbook was Better Homes and Garden. For most things, my Mom did not use a recipe book (with the exception of cakes and cookies). She did follow the spaghetti sauce recipe to the letter a couple of times because she wanted to make a “gourmet” meal. This was in the 60’s/70’s.

  391. My mom is a Double Day cook book fan. The copy that she received when she got married in 1972 has been missing the cover for as long as I can remember. One year for Christmas I bought her the new version but she still wouldn’t part with the original. She made so many things from here I can’t even count. I guess in 700 pages you can pretty much cover everything.

  392. My Mom had one or two cookbooks from the 1940s but most everything was written on pieces of paper or index cards. However, my most favorite thing was her pierogi with sauerkraut and Polish mushrooms. No thick dough here, it was thin and almost melted in your mouth. If I knew the recipe I would post it but it it was more of those “put some flour on the counter, add an egg, some water” type of recipe with no amounts.

  393. We had an old Fannie Farmer and an old Boston School cookbook that I loved to flip through when I was little. I still like to read the old recipes that nobody makes much anymore. Other favorites – Silver Palate, Moosewood, Tassajara, Joy.. the list goes on and on.

  394. Cookbooks? Never in my house. I grew up in a micro-wave, dinner from the freezer section kind of family. However, my parents have recently joined the local food movement, mostly to save their blood pressures, (imagine their surprise when after only a month of eating local food their blood pressures dropped to the point them didn’t need meds!) and we have enjoyed sharing our favorite recipes with them. We love the recipes that come with our CSA box the best!

  395. My mom was always Joy of Cooking, but I loved two I got from my great-grandpa: All About Home Baking (1933) and Baker’s Famous Chocolate Recipes (1936). He was an offshore oil rig cook and it’s fun to see where he would write notes on how to make lemon pies or something for 50 men on a rig. I love all 3 books!

  396. I am a Joy of Cooking fan and have been for years. My copy is also annotated with grease spots and splashes of God-knows-what. The cover is in tatters and I have my grandmother’s recipe for pie crust written on one of the back pages. I don’t know what I would do without it! HOWEVER, I would love a new anniversary copy!

  397. My mom was an excellent cook but she never really used cookbooks. Growing up, I had no interest in the kitchen or helping her out. My college mentor gifted me my first cookbook when I graduated – Joy of Cooking. It’s been my go-to ever since. I love the idea of a Joy of Cooking collection!

  398. Joy of Cooking was a resource in my house growing up, and our battered turquoise copy was ever present on the counters. It is both stained and annotated with my mother’s notes, and until recently, the only copy we had- Dad gave Mom a first edition for Christmas a few years ago. I received a copy 12 years ago as a wedding gift, and I love it. Just last night I consulted the nutrition info in the back, as I have many times before. I smile every time I drag it out, because I am reminded of my first pregnancy every time I see the burn marks on the cover- with my ‘pregnancy brain’ I had mistakenly set the cookbook down on a burner that was on, leaving concentric circles burnt on the cover. Joy of Cooking is iconic.

  399. Better Homes and Gardens red plaid cookbook in our house when I was growing up, though my parents didn’t do much scratch cooking. I find myself referring to Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything now that I’m grown, but I’d love a copy of the Joy of Cooking!

  400. I don’t even know the name of the book, it is so beaten up after being handed down from my great grandmother. The pages are like tissue paper and remind me of the type found in many bibles. The cover is dark green fabric and falling off. Best snickerdoodle recipe EVER is inside!

  401. Joy of Cooking was always the standard. In my house, it was used as the go-to cookbook for the basics as well as the authoritative guide on food preparation and kitchen knowledge.

  402. Joy of Cooking for everyday recipes and Mastering the Art of French Cooking for fancy dishes to serve at dinner parties and events. At some point multiple James Beard’s were added, every recipe a cooking lesson of its own. I received my very own copies the first time I moved out of the dorms into a place with a kitchen and use Joy all the time to this day as my “go to” for basic recipes to riff on.

  403. We were a Joy family, with the same late 1960s turquoise edition you had. When the new edition came out in the late 1990s, my mom and I got each other a copy for Christmas. I flew halfway across the country with the book in my carry on, and then flew home with another copy of the same book!

  404. My grandparents had a cookbook called “365 ways to cook chicken”. To this day, I’m still sick of chicken because they used it so much!

  405. When my brothers were young they knew whenever Mom pulled out the Better Homes and Gardens book, good food would follow. By the time I came along, Mom was tired of cooking so she, Dad and I took turns cooking. I’d pull out new recipes from all sources, my dad would pull from his memory and Mom stuck with her Better Homes and Gardens. There is a good reason Mom’s meals were highly anticipated.

  406. For a wedding shower gift, I received The Cook’s Bible, which I had never heard of before. It has been a fabulous cooking reference for things like knowing how long to roast what kind of meat and the proper way to cut up a certain vegetable. I love cookbooks and would love to try the Joy of Cooking!

  407. Growing up, I rarely saw my mom use a cookbook, it was all stored away in her head 🙂 On occasion, she would pull out The Goodhousekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. I started using it as a teenager as I was learning to cook and bake. Years later, my husband got me a copy for one of my birthdays. Probably the most used section was the bread chapter, we all enjoy the cinnamon rolls recipe on pg 444. It took time to make the dough and wait for it to rise, but it was sure worth it 🙂 That reminds me, its been awhile since I have made those, time to get to punching down the dough.

  408. I come from a Better Homes And Gardens family. My “Red Plaid” cookbook was a lovely Christmas gift in 1999 from my fraternal grandfather Harry when I got my first apartment. My roommates were grateful! I use it constantly to this day. It has been very handy (the binder style and organization) to teach my girls their first forays into cooking.

  409. I have an older edition, but would love the newest. If I had to give away all of my cookbooks except for one, this is the one I would keep! the recipe that comes to mind first is the banana bread/cake. I lay the nuts on top for a more roasted taste. Love your blog…Ellen

  410. My mom gave me a copy of America’s Test Kitchen cookbook the first Christmas I lived on my own. It’s a wonderful resource.

  411. Love this post – you grew up with the same edition of Joy that I had (and still have) as a 20-year old bride. It’s my only copy of Joy and like yours has been generously splattered with droplets of water, milk, gravy, sprinklings of flour and cinnamon and who knows what other spice. I can practically recite the page numbers of my favorite recipes from that book. So, its probably time for a new edition so I can pass along this ‘heirloom’ copy to my daughter for Christmas or her 30th birthday also in December. Back to perusing your blog – love what I’m seeing so far!

  412. I got my copy of Joy in 1966 right after I got married and still use it to make waffles, kreplack, tongue, jams, even the quick banana on page 575 along with countless other goodies. The cover is long gone and most pages have a little note or food spill. I love to cook and and have purchased Joy for my daughter and hope she will like my copy when I know longer need it. I have my Mom’s Settlement cookbook that I read every so often however I’ve never made a thing from it. Joy is the best basic cookbook ever!!!

  413. I can’t recall my mom ever using a cookbook but one that I love is called the New York cookbook and let me tell you that Bill Blass makes a mean meatloaf! 🙂

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