The Joy of Cooking (Bobbs-Merrill, Scribner, 1931)
Joy of Cooking is the U.S.’ most-published cookbook, it has been continuously in print since 1931 and has sold more than 18 million copies. Not bad for a book originally published privately by Irma S. Rombauer, a struggling homemaker whose husband committed suicide in 1930. Five years after the original publication, a commercial printing house, Bobbs-Merrill Company picked it up. Joy of Cooking is up to its 8th (and 75th anniversary) edition, published in 2006.
Rombauer was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1998. She died October 14, 1962.