by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society
Another well-known Missourian, Irma S. Rombauer (1877-1962) was a homemaker from St. Louis, Missouri. She wrote one of the United States' most-published cookbooks, The Joy of Cooking.
Mrs. Rombauer self-published the first three thousand copies in 1931. The cookbook has been in print continuously since 1936 and has sold more than 20 million copies .
The bestselling 75th Anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking—the book Julia Child called “a fundamental resource for any American cook”—restores the voice of the original authors and many of the most beloved recipes from past editions. The latest edition was published in November 2019.