It’s been nearly 90 years since Irma Rombauer self-published the first 3,000 copies of JOY of COOKING in 1931. JOY has become the kitchen bible, with more than 20 million copies in print. This is the first revision, since Scribner’s massively successful 2006 JOY. The 2019 edition (Scribner) being published today is edited and updated by Irma’s great-grandson Jon Backer and his wife Megan Scott.

For this edition they’ve developed over 600 new recipes, tested thousands of recipes from previous editions, and updated every section of every chapter to reflect the latest ingredients and techniques available to today’s home cooks. Readers will find many new diverse vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free recipes and tips on for how to save money and time while still making homemade food.

Yum, yum!

Since it’s the fall, apple season and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, publishers are sharing the hugely successful apple dumplings recipe! They recommend you use Gravenstein, Pink Lady, Jongold or Winesap apples.



6 dumplings

Whisk together in a medium bowl:

1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

Cut in until well blended:

1 stick (4 ounces or 115g) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

4 ounces (115g) cold cream cheese, cut into cubes

Shape the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap,
and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Generously butter a baking dish large enough to hold the dumplings with 1 to 2 inches between each one, such as an 11 × 7-inch rectangular dish or a 12-inch oval gratin dish.

Peel and core (leaving them whole):

6 small apples (about 4 ounces each)

Or peel, halve lengthwise, and core:

3 large apples (about 8 ounces each)

Mix with a fork in a small bowl until blended:

½ cup packed (115g) dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

Add and mix well:

4 tablespoons (2 ounces or 55g) butter, softened

Fill the whole apples with the mixture and pat any remaining mixture on top of the fruit, or, if using apple halves, fill the hollows with the mixture and reserve any remaining. Set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 18 × 12-inch rectangle about ⅛ inch thick. Cut into six 6-inch squares, then roll each square a little larger, into a 7-inch square.

Lightly brush with:

1 egg, lightly beaten

Place an apple in the middle of each square. If using apple halves, place cut side down and spread the remaining sugar mixture over the rounded tops of the apples. For each square, bring the 4 corners of the dough up around the apple and pinch the corners and edges of the dough together. Prick the top of each pastry several times with a fork. Place the dumplings in the baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. While the dumplings bake, make the syrup.

Combine in a saucepan:

1 cup (235g) water

½ cup packed (115g) light brown sugar

1 small lemon, thinly sliced and seeded

2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

Stir until the sugar is dissolved, bring to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes. Pour the boiling syrup over the dumplings when they begin to color, 10 to 15 minutes into the cooking time. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake until the apples are tender when pierced with a small knife, 30 to 35 minutes more. Baste the apples with the syrup every 10 minutes or so to form a glaze and flavor the crust. If the dumplings start to brown too quickly, loosely cover with foil.

Let cool slightly. Serve warm with:

Heavy cream or vanilla ice cream  … OMG!


Keep your eyes open for another dessert recipe to welcome in 2020!

Thanks to Scribner/Simon & Schuster, we’re able to giveaway one copy of the new JOY of COOKING …. all 1,152 pages to one very lucky winner. Just tell us what your favorite recipe to cook is and why. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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  1. Oh my those apple dumplings look delicious. My favorite recipe is chicken and dumplings. I love it because is it a southern comfort food in the winter.

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  2. I am partial to my easy quiche recipe these days but with Thanksgiving coming up, Southern Cornbread Dressing is starting to call my name..

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  3. I love to make a good, old fashioned homemade pot of stuffed cabbages. I love this Giveaway. I had a copy of this cookbook and somehow when I moved, it went missing. What a great Christmas present to win another copy!

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  4. Homemade pizza, have been making it since I was about 10 when my aunt found the recipe in the newspaper. Started out helping, now it has been a Sunday night staple in our house for years.

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  5. Lasagna!! I love it and my mom always made it for my birthday when I was young. I love making the classic but I also love my Alfredo, spinach & sausage lasagna and it is a hit with my grandsons!! I’m so excited about this new Joy if Cooking revision!! How awesome!!!

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  6. Baked spaghetti I have 3 grown daughters and one of them swiped my 1970s copy years ago Would so appreciate a new copy !


  7. I love making pot roast/brisket. I love trying new ways to make it.
    I love anything made with apples. I’ll have to try the apple dumplings. I make homemade cinnamon applesauce and cinnamon apples

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  8. I love making classic baked lasagna…old recipe from Mueller’s box. It doesn’t call for it but I like to add in some sweet Italian sausage.

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  9. I love cookbook, I cook 7 days a week and would love more new recipes. I like to make comfort foods of every kind but also try to make recipes healthier. I make a dish called Acapulco Chicken that my family loves.


  10. There are so many recipes that I love to cook!! One of my favorites is Swedish Meatballs from my grandma’s recipe. I used to call her with cooking questions all the time. When she passed away, I was thrilled to get her entire box of handwritten recipe cards. I treasure them so much.


  11. I love making soups- comfort foods. Also my 95 yo mil lives with us and I need soft foods for her. Soups are perfect for all of us.


  12. My favorite is stuffed green peppers. I would really love to win this. My mom loved to cook before she passed away and and that is where I got my love of cooking.


  13. I enjoy making corned beef with potatoes and carrots for my husband. Although it takes the whole day, I love hearing my husband say “it’s the best, it’s delicious, etc” on repeat!


  14. Pastelón. It is a Puerto Rican dish made with yellow plantains, ground beef and cheese. It looks like lasagna but with plantains.


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