Welcome to The Not Old Better Show. I’m Paul Vogelzang and this is episode #404.
Ahhh, I love that music…hopefully it brings to mind images of cooking, food, kitchen time because as part of our Smithsonian Associates, Art of Living author interview series, our guests today are “Joy of Cooking” next-generation co-authors, co-editors, cooks, and husband and wife, John Becker and Megan Scott, and we will be discussing the newest Joy Of Cooking edition. There are nearly 20 million copies of Joy of Cooking in print today, and it’s safe to say that most of them are well-worn and close at hand in their owners’ kitchens. Originally self-published in 1931 by Irma S. Rombauer (below left), a widowed St. Louis homemaker, the first commercial edition of Joy of Cooking was published in 1936. Subsequent editions were revised and updated by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker throughout the 20th century. Irma Rombauer’s great-grandson John Becker, one of our guests today, joined by his wife, Megan Scott, will be presenting at Smithsonian Associates Art of Living author interview series, November 14, 2019. Check out our site for more details.
In the process of creating the 9th edition of this classic ‘Joy Of Cooking,’ experience, John Becker and Megan Scott tell us that in addition to covering all the classic recipes better, one of the important goals was to include all of the ingredients people can now encounter that would have been more difficult to find since the last edition of Joy of Cooking, which was in 2006!
In our conversation today John Becker and Megan Scott tell us all about how they’ve infused the latest incarnation of Joy of Cooking with a contemporary voice informed by culinary tradition, a family’s legacy, an encyclopedic coverage of ingredients and techniques, an understanding of the science behind the food, and advice about how to be a great cook: you’ll love the answer.
Reading for us today is Megan Scott, one of our guests today, who, along with her cook, co-author and co-editor husband, John Becker, will be presenting at Smithsonian Associates Art of Living series, The New Joy of Cooking: A Family Recipe, November 14, 2019. Check out our site for more details, but John Becker and Megan Scott are here with us today, so please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show via internet phone, John Becker and Megan Scott.
My thanks to co-authors, co-editors, and cooks John Becker and Megan Scott, for joining me today. Links and ticket details for John Becker and Megan Scott’s November 14, 2019, Smithsonian Associates presentation, The New Joy of Cooking: A Family Recipe will be available at the NotOld-Better.com and the Smithsonian Associates web site, all of which we’ll link to. And, thanks always to the wonderful Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show. Talk About Better. The Not Old Better Show. Thanks, everybody.
For tickets and more details, please click here on the Smithsonian Associates site: https://smithsonianassociates.org/Ticketing/tickets/new-joy-of-cooking-family-recipe