If I were to recommend one book to an aspiring cook, this is it. Each section has a master recipe, several examples, with variations, notes on equipment, on ingredients and on time planning, as well as Julia’s cheery prose which entices us to cook. It is so comprehensive that there is plenty here, too, for the experienced cook. This is the book Julia was working on when I first met her, after which I had many happy hours with her in her kitchen in Cambridge, as well as on shopping expeditions to farmers markets. With this book, anyone can “master the art of French cooking”.
Julia churned out plenty of cookbooks in her lifetime, but this one is my favorite. So perfectly illustrated, with step-by-step photos on how to debone or truss a chicken, how to "French" green beans and store fresh greens. And her editors didn't interfere with her conversational writing style, so as you read, you will literally hear that distinctive voice of hers, as if she was sitting across the kitchen drinking a glass of wine and guiding you through your first filleting of a whole fish. A classic that will never be obsolete.
Screenwriter, filmmaker and author
And anything else by Julia Child! What a teacher. And such a generous spirit – she really did want us all to know how to get it right, and she approached every single recipe with that purpose: clear, thorough, smart. And though she spawned food TV, she would probably be horrified by what it has become.
Blogger of Just Hungry and Just Bento
This is by far my favorite cookbook in English, for standard dishes in the French-American sphere. It has everything from my go-to recipes for Boston Baked Beans to pizza dough to choux pastry and more.
Professional food writer and broadcaster
After the structured recipes and formality of Mastering the Art of French Cooking this book is a more personal and enjoyable volume, Julia's wonderful joie de vivre is still a delight.
Writer and Food Consultant
A practical no nonsense book full of great quickies for the family.
Chef, Author, Culinary School Director
Hot tips for beautiful dishes.
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