A New Generation Learns the 'Joy of Cooking'

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Hanukkah latkes, a holiday recipe included in the new 2019 edition of "Joy of Cooking."  (Heidi’s Bridge)

In an age of YouTube cooking tutorials and celebrity cookbooks, “Joy of Cooking” remains one of America's most widely read cookbooks — and it just received another update. First self-published by Irma Rombauer in 1931, this year Rombauer’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife Megan Scott became the latest family members to revise the book, adding 600 new recipes and thousands of updates. We'll talk to Becker and Scott about carrying on the "Joy of Cooking" tradition, how they embraced today's diverse dietary trends and more global palates and, of course, recipes. We want to hear from you: what's your favorite "Joy of Cooking" recipe or favorite memory of cooking with it?

Recipe Shout-outs (Mentioned on Air):

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Ssamjang
  • Vegan Eggnog
  • Wild Greens (1964)
  • Lebkuchen (German Honey Bars)
  • Brownies
  • Deluxe Butter Pastry Dough
  • Whale (1964; no longer included)
  • Mandelbrot
  • Latkes (Potato Pancakes)
  • Charoset
  • Kugel
  • Sabich
  • Knish
  • Spicy Szechuan Noodles
  • Devil’s Food Cake


John Becker, co-author, Joy of Cooking, 2019 edition

Megan Scott, co-author, Joy of Cooking, 2019 edition