Cider & Sage is currently touring the Midwest, an appropriate time to honor this Missouri native who reshaped American cooking.
If you have only one cookbook, which would be a travesty, but if you have only one, make it “Joy of Cooking.”
“Joy” was written by St. Louis native Irma Rombauer, born today in 1877. Her guide to cooking, steeped in knowledge and practical experience, and devoid of haughtiness, was perfect for the Depression era when she self-published the first 3,000 copy run in 1931. Many women suddenly found themselves without servants to do the “horrible chore” of cooking, yet still found themselves with people looking to them for supper, including their husbands who were exempt from this duty by virtue of anatomy. Mrs. Rombauer’s own husband had committed suicide the previous year, leaving her in financial and emotional straits. READ MORE