About Irma S. Rombauer

Irma S. Rombauer

Chances are Irma von Starkloff Rombauer’s book is sitting on your bookshelf. In 1931, Rombauer, a homemaker from Missouri, assembled a collection of recipes she’d gathered from people she knew. She self-published the book privately as a fundraiser but was able to find a commercial publisher just a few years later. Rombauer’s book, The Joy of Cooking has been in print continuously since that time.

Chiffon Cake With Lemon Icing

This chiffon cake with lemon icing, whose secret is vegetable oil, has been a favorite since it was created for the Brown Derby Restaurant in the ’20s.

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