Introduction to Joyous Cooking 200th Anniversary Edition: 06/30/12
I have a small collection of cookbooks, maybe ten. Certainly no more than a dozen. Of that group, there are only three I use on a regular basis: The American Woman cookbook (my grandmother's favorite), Betty Crocker and The Joy of Cooking. The copy of Joy of Cooking I have is old enough to still have the Depression era recipes for cooking things like opossum.
So it was with familiarity and fondness that I dove into Heather Lindsey's story "Introduction to Joyous Cooking 200th Anniversary Edition" in the July / August 2010 FSF issue. The story delighted from the first paragraph and was sadly too short but it was a delightful read.
The book covers through the evolution of recipes the rise and fall of humanity, alien contact and changes in diet as the environment changes and food becomes scarce. It tells as much about the future through showing as the montage of Fry's time in stasis does in the first episode of Futurama.