Her favorite cookbook:
Joy of Cooking: 75th
Anniversary Edition - 2006
by Irma S. Rombauer,
Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
Asked about her collection of cookbooks, the quick answer: "Oh, a lot, a few,
maybe 15 to 20." Keeper Hetrick came about her choice like any typical
American in this land of plenty. Her mother set the path toward cooking
in the home. Joy of Cooking has created that cooking path for generations.
It was a production of the Depression, dating to 1930 when a St. Louis widow
named Irma Rombauer used her savings of $3,000 to self-publish Joy.
Daughter Marion tested the recipes and did the illustrating. Mother and
daughter sold the book out of their apartment.
Joy has had nine revisions, each keeping fresh playing to the times. Two
years after her first crude cookbook, Irma made a pitch to Bobbs-Merrill. She
was rejected. Along the way, eventually, Bobbs-Merrill decided to assist,
but merely revised Irma's typed pages and bounded them into 15 notebook
In 1936 the first commercial Joy had a press run of 10,000 copies. They
A Joy edition during World War II dealt with food rationing. For the 75th edition
4,500 recipes were tested using 400 pounds of butter, 300 quarters of milk,
485 pounds of red meat and 275 pound of fin fish and shellfish. The Joy on the
market today is the first to include slow cooker recipes.
The Hetrick edition of Joy as a gift was received in 1974.
Her second keeper:
Betty Crocker's Cookbook
Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today
Betty Crocker was created by Marjorie Husted, 1921
Publisher: Betty Crocker; 9th Edition
Betty Crocker may not be the real name of a person. but she is
an icon...has been for generations since 1921. She is the trade
name for General Mills. Not real? In 1949 Fortune Magazine
named her the second most popular American woman, second
only to Eleanor Roosevelt. The edition above is ring-bound
for easy resting on a kitchen counter. Over the 90 years of
cooking with Betty, more than 250 Betty Crocker cookbooks
have been published, most of them single topics but all
Keeper Hetrick considers the Betty Crocker collection her
"go to recipe source" for her noted Mama Dukes (*) oatmeal
cookies. This is, she added, "... a book every loved baker
should have in their kitchen..."
(*) Mama Dukes is a fictional character in a period Southern novel
set in a comfort food restaurant. Ms. Hetrick's children called
her Mama Dukes, a loving reference for her soft oatmeal and