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Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 & 2: The Essential Cooking Classics Hardcover – 1 Dec 2009

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  • Hardcover: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; Slp edition (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307593525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307593528
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 9.2 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 915,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 Pépin, 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.


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Format: Hardcover
I describe these books as 'Delia with diamonds'. The explanation and instruction is first class and the choice of recipes an excellent grounding in French cooking.

If you enjoy food and cooking you will like these books, I've made several of the recipes already and each turned out exactly as expected with delicious flavour. Over the years, like most people I imagine, I've bought many cookbooks but generally you end up with a few which you return to over and over again because you know they're reliable. Delia's complete cookery course has been on my shelf for over 10 years and is almost falling apart now from use, these volumes by Julia Child have joined that few.

I'd also say, don't be put off by the 'special occasion' feel that many of the recipes may appear to have - these books are about providing the knowledge and basic skills required to produce excellent results and once you have that you can use them to create quick and simple everyday meals, but still with excellent flavour.
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Format: Hardcover
Watched the film, got the book(s) now reading it just like a novel. Real people, really happened (twice) and has got my flagging interest in cooking going again. Everything there for me including which pots and pans to gather together - how good is that! Will not manage one new dish a day but one a week will please the family and increase my repetoire. Will diet for a bit then make a start.
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Format: Hardcover
I have already learned a lot from just sitting down and perusing these books. The glossary of terms alone is an education. And just when I'm imagining how I will skip some little step if I make the recipe, right in the next line, she'll say why I can't skip that step... or just when I'm wondering if I would be capable of following her instructions to the letter, she'll write "don't get nervous". Now how did she know that I was already getting a little nervous? You can tell she's actually prepared each of these recipes. A great addition to my book collection.
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Format: Hardcover
A handsome set of much loved books.
Beware that this is an American edition and therefore US volume measures are
used in recipes.
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An amazing book, you won't find anything like it under other authors. Julia Child was a first rate teacher and everything is fully explained in great detail. All the recipes I've tried have been amazing. The presentation of the two volumes is excellent.
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