Upon reading it soon becomes obvious that this is a cookbook written by people who value the effort behind a good home cooked meal: "We believe that you will go on to unexpected triumphs, based on the sound principles which underlie our recipes, and actually revel in a sense of new-found freedom. You will eat at the hours of your choice. The food will be cooked and seasoned to your discriminating taste. And you will regain the priceless private joy of family living, dining and sharing" (Joy of Cooking Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker 1964 ed.).