Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Hardcover)

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    This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—all 524 recipes.

    “Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here isthe book that, for more than forty years, ...


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    Julia Child, a native of California and a Smith College graduate; Simone Beck, French-born and -educated; and Louisette Bertholle, half French and half American, educated in both countries, represented an even blending of the two backgrounds and were singularly equipped to write about French cooking for Americans. Mrs. Child studied at Paris’s famousCordon Bleu, and all three authors worked under various distinguished French chefs. In 1951 they started their own cooking school in Paris,L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes, at the same time that this book was taking shape. After that, Madame Beck published two cookbooks,Simca’s Cuisine in 1972 and New Menus from Simca’s Cuisine in 1979, and she continued to teach cooking in France. Madame Bertholle also had several cookery books published. Shortly after the appearance ofMastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961, Julia Child began appearing in the public television seriesThe French Chef, which aired for many years all over the United States, and in 1978 the programJulia Child & Company was launched, followed the next year by Julia Child & More Company. In 1968 recipes from her early programs, many of which were drawn from this book, were published inThe French Chef Cookbook.

    In 1975 From Julia Child’s Kitchen was published, followed in 1978 and 1979 byJulia Child & Company and Julia Child & More Company, based on those programs. Also based on television series were the two books—Cooking with Master Chefs andIn Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs—she wrote in the mid-1990s, as well asJulia and Jacques Cooking at Home, with Jacques Pepin, in 1999. The Way to Cook, her magnum opus, was published in 1989, and in 2000 she gave usJulia’s Kitchen Wisdom, a distillation of her years of cooking experience.
    This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—all 524 recipes.

    “Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here isthe book that, for more than forty years, has been teaching Americans how.
    Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with more than 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because:

    • it leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection;

    • it breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations—bound to increase anyone’s culinary repertoire;

    • it adapts classical techniques, wherever possible, to modern American conveniences;

    • it shows Americans how to buy products, from any supermarket in the United States, that reproduce the exact taste and texture of the French ingredients, for example, equivalent meat cuts, the right beans for acassoulet, or the appropriate fish and seafood for a bouillabaisse;

    • it offers suggestions for just the right accompaniment to each dish, including proper wines.

    Since there has never been a book as instructive and as workable as Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the techniques learned here can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely more usable. In compiling the secrets of famous cordons bleus, the authors have produced a magnificent volume that is sure to find the place of honor in every kitchen in America.

    Bon appetit!


    ISBN 9780375413407
    Genre COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / French
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 684
    Publisher Date 2001-10-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
    Copyright Year 2001
    Height 10.25 in
    Wdth 7.25 in
    Thickness 1.75 in
    Unit weight 3.25 lb
    Language English
    Edition Number 40
    Edition Detail Anniversary, Reissue
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Child, Julia

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    • It's a classic

      every kitchen should have a copy of this classic omage to legendary Julia Child

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    • An original on French Cooking

      Julia Child was a long way ahead of her time in providing details of French Cooking for English speaking people in North America. This book is a classic of its type. However, beware of frequent use, the pounds will go on very fast!!

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    • Julie Child...

      Book arrrived in perfect shape and was just as good as it looked on the website.

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    • Q/A section misleading. This item only Vol 1.

      I returned this item and bought the Vol 1 and Vol 2 boxed set that wasn't on the website when I first purchased this item. If you just want Master the Art of French Cooking, Vol 1 only then this is the item for you!

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    • A nice gift

      I bought this as a birthday gift for my daughter who loves to cook. She was very pleased with the gift and commented on how well she liked the instruction about sauces.

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    • Clarification please due to strange typos in similar question. Does this edition contain both volumes one and two in one volume as suggested in overstock's item description? How many pages are there? I have ordered this item and will be immediately returning it if there has been a misrepresentation of what is being sold, as I do not want to purchase only volume one at this price. Thank you.

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