Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking Cookbook - Volume One

Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking Cookbook - Volume One is a classic cookbook from one of the world's respected chefs in the area of French cuisine. This is the first of her two cookbooks under this title and is a more recent printing. 


Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 684 pages 

Copyright: 1997 

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 

Author: Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck 

ISBN: 9780394533995

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Description: 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 which form the backbone of French cookery and which 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 U.S.A., which reproduce the exact taste and texture of the French ingredients: equivalent meat cuts, for example; the right beans for a cassoulet; or the appropriate fish and sea food 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 the 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. 

Condition: Bookboards, interior pages are in very nice condition. Dust jacket's top edge has minor shelf wear and a small tear. 

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