Here is a rare 1943 copy of the classic and vintage cookbook titled....
The Joy of Cooking
A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with an Occasional Culinary Chat by Irma S. Rombauer
Illustrations by Marion Rombauer Becker. Bobbs-Merrill Company. 1931, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1943.
This famous hard cover cookbook measures just under 6 inches wide by just over 8-1/2 inches tall, and has 884 pages. There is no dust jacket. Please supersize the pictures to see this book!
The front and back covers and spine show minimal wear for its age with just some visible wear at the edges from use and re-shelving. Covers still bright blue. A few tiny splash marks on the top of the book--side of the book there's stains on the index pages from a spill, but it doesn't appear to have gone too far into the index area. Also on a few of the stained edges of pages in the index, there's a little wear. A few pages have darkened because the cook placed a piece of newspaper for a bookmarker--leaving one in the book from 1952.
First blank page has old book dealer price at the top corner in pencil from YEARS ago and a few tiny stains and pencil markings, but going through the rest of the cookbook, 97% of the pages are free from marks, stains or writing. Dedication page has a dog-earned corner. No tape anywhere in the book. There is a very faint "been in the attic" scent---NOT smoke. For a used cookbook that is over 65 years old, in very nice condition!
From the Preface to the 1943 Edition: “When the revision of this book was begun a year ago we had no intimation that international obligations would lead our land of plenty to ration cards. It now goes to print with a number of emergency chapters added, written to meet the difficulties that beset the present-day cook.”
Chapters used for the war effort include “Sugarless and Sugar-Saving Recipes for Cakes, Cookies and Desserts” and “Meat Stretching, Meat Substitutes and Supplementary Dishes” which includes use of Soybeans as a substitution for protein.