Irma Rombauer, the author of self-published book “The Joy of Cooking”.
Seventy-five years ago, a St. Louis widow named Irma Rombauer took her life savings and self-published a book called The Joy of Cooking. Her daughter Marion tested recipes and made the illustrations, and they sold their mother-daughter project from Irma’s apartment. Today, nine revisions later, the Joy of Cooking — selected by The New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century — has taught tens of millions of people to cook, helped feed and delight millions beyond that, answered countless kitchen and food questions, and averted many a cooking crisis.
I have been attending five times of the annual Thanksgiving Turkey and Book Drive of Jane Doe University Library. It’s always an exciting experience.
This year my whole family are going to attend it, including my one-month old granddaughter.