But I'll be honest, I'm not sure I've ever made an entire recipe from this cook book. Sometimes I'll use Joy of Cooking recipes as a jumping off point, but for actual start-to-finish recipes, I go elsewhere. And even as a reference book for techniques, Joy of Cooking has been gradually replaced by the internet, and it's now the fourth or fifth place we check for advice instead of the first.
And yet, I can't imagine getting rid of it! It feels like a dear old friend, albeit one I've fallen out of touch with over the years. My shelf just wouldn't feel the same without Joy of Cooking there.
What about you? Do you use your Joy of Cooking?
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