Rombauer, Irma

Rombauer, Irma (Louise von Starkloff)

(1877–1962) cookbook writer; born in St. Louis, Mo. She learned to cook after her marriage to a St. Louis lawyer. At the request of her grown children, she compiled what became The Joy of Cooking (1936), the best-selling cookbook of all time and one beloved for its personal tone and encyclopedic range. Her daughter, Marion Rombauer Becker (1903–76), revised later editions.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.