Mastering the Art of French Cooking Paperback – 26 Oct 2009
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About the Author
Julia Child revolutionised cooking in the US and this was the cookbook that launched her career. A native of California and a Smith College graduate, Julia Child studied at Paris's famous Cordon Bleu, and worked under various distinguished French chefs. In 1951 she started her own cooking school in Paris, L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes, with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle and the three women started compiling this cookbook. Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published in 1961 and was an instant hit. Julia Child consequently began appearing on the television series The French Chef, which aired for many years all over the United States, and many more books and TV series ensued.
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To many British cooks, this might be a bit of a hidden classic. We have all grown up with Elizabeth David and may not have noticed that the US had their very own Julia Child.
She may not have the profile over here as Elizabeth David or Jane Grigson but she should. There is a directness and clarity to her recipes that evoke that classic era of food writing as well as making your mouth water.
So yes, this is a classic book that you should own and you should read and you should use. Simple as that!