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Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they were married they lived in Paris, where Ms. Child studied at the Cordon Bleu and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961).
In 1963 Boston’s WGBH launched The French Chef television series, which made Julia Child a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. Her subsequent public television shows—Julia Child & Company (1978), Julia Child & More Company (1980), Cooking with Master Chefs (1993), In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs (1995), Baking with Julia (1996), and her one-on-one collaboration with Jacques Pepin, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home (1999)—were all accompanied by books of the same names. The Way to Cook, her magnum opus, was published in 1989, and in 2000 she gave us Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom, a distillation of her years of cooking experience. Her memoir, My Life in France, was published posthumously in 2006. She died in 2004.
The perfect gift for any follower of Julia Child—and any lover of French food. This boxed set brings together Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and its sequel, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two, published in 1970.

Volume One is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—524 recipes.
“Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here is the book that, for nearly fifty 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. The techniques learned in this beautiful book, with more than one hundred instructive illustrations, can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely usable. In compiling the secrets of famous Cordon Bleu chefs, the authors produced a magnificent volume that continues to have a place of honor in American kitchens.

Volume Two is the sequel to the great cooking classic—with 257 additional recipes.
Following the publication of the celebrated Volume One, Julia Child and Simone Beck continued to search out and sample new recipes among the classic dishes and regional specialties of France—cooking, conferring, tasting, revising, perfecting. Out of their discoveries they made, for Volume Two, a brilliant selection of precisely those recipes that not only add to the repertory but, above all, bring the reader to a new level of mastery of the art of French cooking.

Each of these recipes is worked out step-by-step, with the clarity and precision that are the essence of the first volume. Five times as many drawings as in Volume One make the clear instructions even more so.

Perhaps the most remarkable achievement of this volume is that it will make Americans actually more expert than their French contemporaries in two supreme areas of cookery: baking and charcuterie. In France one can turn to the local bakery for fresh and expertly baked bread, or to neighborhood charcuterie for pates and terrines and sausages. Here, most of us have no choice but to create them for ourselves.
Bon appetit!

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ISBN 9780307593528
Genre COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / French
Format Hardcover
Publisher Date 2009-12-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Copyright Year 2009
Height 11.0 in
Wdth 8.0 in
Thickness 3.75 in
Unit weight 6.5 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Essential Cooking Classics
Volume Number 2
Audience General/trade
Authors Child, Julia
Country of Origin United States

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    My mom and I watched the movie Julie and Julia and my mom loves to cook so for Mother's Day I purchased these cookbooks for her. She loves them. She has made a few recipes and they were absolutely delicious. When she presented the dinner, she even said Bon appetite! LOL

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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking is an amazing collection for the serious cook. The instructions are exceptionally detailed and clear cut. The recipes are incredible and delicious although perhaps not for "every night eating" due to the preparation time.

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    This was purchased to replace my original paperback copies - only query is the books are so nice I don't want to get them dirty in the kitchen!

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    My daughter had been hinting around for this book for some time and I gave it to her for Christmas. She was thrilled and couldn't wait to go back to work to show her friend who is French. She said she can't wait to start using it, I'm glad I was able to make her so HAPPY!

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  • Excellent Cookbook
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    My mom and I watched the movie Julie and Julia and my mom loves to cook so for Mother's Day I purchased these cookbooks for her. She loves them. She has made a few recipes and they were absolutely delicious. When she presented the dinner, she even said Bon appetite! LOL

    Read More
  • Great for Serious Cooks!
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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking is an amazing collection for the serious cook. The instructions are exceptionally detailed and clear cut. The recipes are incredible and delicious although perhaps not for "every night eating" due to the preparation time.

    Read More
  • <MAstering Art of French Cooking Boxed Set
    Verified Purchase

    This was purchased to replace my original paperback copies - only query is the books are so nice I don't want to get them dirty in the kitchen!

    Read More
  • Happy Daughter
    Verified Purchase

    My daughter had been hinting around for this book for some time and I gave it to her for Christmas. She was thrilled and couldn't wait to go back to work to show her friend who is French. She said she can't wait to start using it, I'm glad I was able to make her so HAPPY!

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