At last I can say I truly have joy. Joy of Cooking, that is. One of the best-selling cookbooks of all time, yet I never had my own copy. Still wearing its $35.00 price sticker from Williams-Sonoma, I found it at my local Goodwill for $5.99. The Joy of Cooking was first published in 1936 and has been updated many times over the last 77 years. The Eighth edition was released in 2006. The copy I purchased was the Seventh Edition from 1997. The jacket is a little crumpled, but inside, the pages appear brand-new.
When I took my purchases to the register, the woman at the counter remarked, “Oh, you’re buying Joy! I got my copy when I got married in 1968. Did you already have a copy of it?” I replied that no, I did not already have a copy of Joy. “What? You didn’t?!” the cashier exclaimed. She turned to a white-haired woman standing nearby and said loudly, “Did you hear that? She doesn’t have Joy!” Other customers turned to look at me, The Woman Who Does Not Have Joy.
“How can anyone not have Joy? I received my copy when I got married in 1953,” came the shocked response. They tsked and sighed and shook their heads as I left clutching what is apparently the holy grail of cookbooks. Good thing I found my joy. Now to put it to use.