I noted a few weeks ago that the "Joy of Cooking" celebrated its 75th anniversary with the publication of its ninth edition.

Irma Rombauer self-published the first edition by selling copies out of her St. Louis apartment. She finally found a publisher and the book found a rather modest audience. But it didn’t stay that way too long.  Today, it has 15.5 million copies in print, clearly one of the best-selling books of all time.

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