The Joy Of Cooking: Remembering St. Louis Author Irma Rombauer At '250 in 250' Exhibit

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of The Joy of Cooking

Image courtesy of The Joy of Cooking

Over 80 years ago St. Louis native Irma Rombauer wrote what is arguably the most highly trusted, dog-eared and food stained cookbook in America, “The Joy of Cooking.” The Missouri History Museum will honor Rombauer as one of our city’s most remarkable individuals in the “250 in 250” exhibit on March 5.

Rombauer’s great-grandson, John Becker, will be at the exhibit to discuss the long history of “The Joy of Cooking” in St. Louis. It all began when Rombauer needed to support herself after her husband’s suicide during the Great Depression, so she collected recipes from friends and family and began to write. The first edition was published in 1931 and Rombauer went door to door in her apartment on Cabanne Avenue selling her cookbooks for $3 each. Rombauer quickly became a culinary heroine with cooks across the country turning to the pages for her reliable recipes and lovable wit. Just look at the first recipe listed in the original edition of “The Joy of Cooking” for a gin cocktail. Rombauer says, “Most cocktails containing liquor are made today with gin and ingenuity. In brief, take an ample supply of the former and use your imagination.”

Admission to the event is free and begins at 7pm in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room. 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.746.4599.

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