Originally Posted by Bev Stayart
"The Joy of Cooking" by Julia Child
Julia Child did NOT write "the Joy of Cooking." The original author was Irma Rombauer, but the current editions have multiple authors... different ones for each section.
I personally have never cared much for "Joy." When I'm gifting a beginner cook with good, basic material, I always choose Julia Child's "The Way to Cook," and my book, "Feastivals Cooks at Home."