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Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I [Hardcover]

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The first volume of this fortieth anniversery edition of a classic cookbook updates this accessible guide to French cuisine by continuing to introduce the subtleties of French cooking to the American reader. 40,000 first printing.

Publishers Description
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 is "the" 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 a "cassoulet, "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

Item Specifications...

Pages   684
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.1" Width: 7.4" Height: 1.6"
Weight:   3.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 16, 2001
Publisher   Knopf
ISBN  0375413405  
EAN  9780375413407  

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About this Author/Artist
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 famous <i>Cordon Bleu</i>, and all three authors worked under various distinguished French chefs. In 1951 they started their own cooking school in Paris, <i>L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes</i>, at the same time that this book was taking shape. After that, Madame Beck published two cookbooks, <i>Simca’s Cuisine</i> in 1972 and<i> New Menus from Simca’s Cuisine</i> in 1979, and she continued to teach cooking in France. Madame Bertholle also had several cookery books published. Shortly after the appearance of <i>Mastering the Art of French Cooking</i> in 1961, Julia Child began appearing in the public television series <i>The French Chef</i>, which aired for many years all over the United States, and in 1978 the program <i>Julia Child & Company</i> was launched, followed the next year by <i>Julia Child & More Company</i>. In 1968 recipes from her early programs, many of which were drawn from this book, were published in <i>The French Chef Cookbook</i>. <br><br>In 1975 <i>From Julia Child’s Kitchen </i>was published, followed in 1978 and 1979 by <i>Julia Child & Company</i> and <i>Julia Child & More Company</i>, based on those programs. Also based on television series were the two books—<i>Cooking with Master Chefs</i> and <i>In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs</i>—she wrote in the mid-1990s, as well as <i>Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home</i>, with Jacques Pépin, in 1999. <i>The Way to Cook</i>, her magnum opus, was published in 1989, and in 2000 she gave us <i>Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom</i>, a distillation of her years of cooking experience.

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A Perfect Way to Learn French Cooking  Apr 30, 2008
Julia's book was recommended to me by a French Chef we met in the Caribbean. It is the perfect book from which to learn French cooking. Julia's instructions are very detailed and make it easy to prepare each recipe. I highly recommend this book.
Nirvana!  Apr 9, 2008
This book bring together years of cooking by recipe. It actually explains things so I can understand why I'm doing them.
French cooking with ingredients in American grocery stores  Feb 1, 2008
The best Coq au Vin and Boeuf Bourguignon recipes you'll find are in this book. I've had Mastering the Art of French Cooking for years and recently gave one to my son, who also loves to cook. This cookbook tells you what to do, how to do it, and where to easily find the ingredients in your American supermarket. I don't do much (any?) baking, so don't have Volume II Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 2 (Paperback), which I understand is primarily about baking, but this one, Volume 1, is fantastic.

This book and The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition - 2006 are the first ones I turn to in the kitchen. Together, they will teach the new cook how to cook and the experienced cook how to cook much better.
Kitchen Bible  Jan 13, 2008
For those who wish to venture into the world of culinary genius, Mastering the Art of French Cooking is the Bible. Specific, thorough, and accurate recipes guide even the novice to achieving gastronomic perfection. This is the first serious cookbook I owned as a young housewife. Now, I purchase the book for every serious cook. Simply a must have!
Mastering the Art of French Cooking  Jan 3, 2008
We have always enjoyed watching and reading about Julia Child. My husband asked for this book for Christmas, and although we haven't had a chance to peruse it thoroughly, he is very pleased with the gift. He bakes bread often and is interested in her recipes for breads as well as other French recipes.

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