» Women’s History Month March 2017 Female Foodie Pioneers Julia Child, Ina Garten, Cat Cora—each has made an impact on the culinary scene and all are worth celebrating during Women’s History Month this March. Add one more female foodie to the list! It’s someone who you may not have heard of—but you certainly know her bestselling work: The Joy of Cooking. Irma S. Rombauer (1877-1962) is the creator of the foundational cookbook. In 1931, she took her life savings and self-published a collection of recipes gathered from numerous friends and family members. It featured an engaging voice relaying practical advice (“Start by facing the stove”) and illustrations penned by her daughter Marion Becker. Within a year, Rombauer had sold approximately 2,000 copies from her apartment! As of today, more than 18 million copies have been sold. Child herself was a big fan of the book, saying, “It is, and should continue to be, a staple in any good culinary collection … the why’s and how’s are carefully explained, and that’s what makes Joy a fundamental resource for any American cook.” How many of you have a copy in your kitchen?
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