The Joy of Cooking (Hash Brownies)
However, the 1975 edition is apparently a Bible of sorts for many people, who are distraught at the recipies omitted from the 1997 edition, the faddish nature of some of the new content, the harder-to-read typeface, and the elimination of Irma and Marion's personal style. (Fortunately for these people, the 1975 edition is still available. I find myself tempted to pick it up, along with another recommended cookbook, How to Cook Everything.)
But I found this review most amusing:
The "Joy of Cooking" (affectionately know by some as "Irma") is a wonderful collection of recipes, terms and techniques. However, I found it to be sadly incomplete.
For example, there is no recipe for baking hash brownies. Now, I've known that this recipe has been widely available since, at least, the late '60's. But is it in this book? No, sirreee. Of course, an accomplished cook could improvise on the basic brownie recipe (p. 645), but I'm a beginner, and not always clear thinking, so a more complete set of recipes would have been very helpful.