Organized by large category and technique, it's a very handy reference guide for anyone reasonably comfortable in the kitchen. Each section contains a master recipe followed by variations. The emphasis is on technique, so if you occasionally find yourself trying to remember at what temperature to best roast a duck, the best way to cook green beans and keep them green, or how to save your hollandaise, then this is the book for you. And what good is a reference guide without an index? As always, Child comes to our rescue with a fantastic, comprehensive index, 19 pages long for 107 pages of text, so we can find the answers to life's burning questions in a flash.
Part of what makes Julia Child such an icon is that she can describe a complicated dish, and in the next breath convince us to make it. Classic Chocolate Mousse, Sabayon, Scalloped Potatoes Savoyarde, and Butterflied Leg of Lamb sound manageable when they follow recipes for Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Scrambled Eggs. And with Child's help, they are. "Quick, snappy answers" for both basic and complicated cooking questions make this a work we'll never outgrow. And if Julia can use a cheat sheet, so can we! Fans of Child will love that her personality shows through in comments like, "Don't crowd the pan... or you'll be sorry," and, to introduce her Basic Vinaigrette Dressing, "I use the proportions of a very dry martini." Eight pages of photos taken by her husband, Paul, including one of Child with the famous dancing goose, make this even more of a treasure.
If there is anyone qualified to offer kitchen wisdom, it must be Julia Child. After a lifetime of cooking and teaching, her knowledge is a perfect gift for fans, novices, or anyone responsible for putting dinner on the table every night. --Leora Y. Bloom --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I've seen the movie "Julie and Julia", I've bought this book for my husband. We think it's very good.Published 5 months ago by Gloria (Ryerson Polytechnical 1982)
I think this would be a great book for anyone from the novice to experience cook. Love her wisdom.Published 5 months ago by Maureen Murphy
Gives many of Julia's basics in a manageable form. Good for beginners to cooking.Published 7 months ago by Lorna Zelinsky
Un petit plus à avoir dans sa bibliothèque, et pas dispendieux. Un livre qu'il fait bon de feuilleter une fois de temps en temps.Published 12 months ago by A. Paquet
I was so excited to receive this book.. I love Julia Child and her knowledge is/was infinite. I read this cover to cover in bed last night!! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Winecrafter
I brought this book with me to Maui on vacation and read it page by page - - it was wonderful.Published 14 months ago by Vicki
I find I have been using this book all the time, even though I am a pretty accomplished cook. It has information on just about everything.Published 15 months ago by Robert Toupin