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The 10 most popular hand-me-down cookbooks

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Somwhere in your house, and probably your mother's, and probably your neighbor's, there is a Joy of Cooking.

The classic cookbook is the most handed down cookbook in American kitchens,
according to, a resource for old and out-of-print books. The site surveyed 504 customers who own a hand-me-down cookbook about the origins of their trusty tomes.

Around the holidays, we asked co-workers to reflect on their favorite cookbooks. Turns out, a good handful of our picks were published decades ago; three are on the list below (1, 4 and 5).

The top 10 most handed down cookbooks, from
1. Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer
2. Betty Crocker's Cookbook
3. Boston Cooking-School Cookbook (The Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
4. Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.
5. Good Housekeeping
6. Settlement Cookbook by Mrs. Simon (Lizzie) Kander
7. White House Cookbook by F.L. Gillette
8. The Encyclopedia of Cooking by Meta Given
9. America's Cook Book by New York Herald Tribune
10. Five Roses Cookbook by Lake Woods Milling Company

Which are in rotation in your kitchen?

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