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Mastering the Art of French Cooking Boxed Set: Volumes 1 and 2 Hardcover – Dec 1 2009

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  • Hardcover: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Slp edition (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307593525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307593528
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 9.2 x 26.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they were married they lived in Paris, where Ms. Child studied at the Cordon Bleu and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961).
In 1963 Boston’s WGBH launched The French Chef television series, which made Julia Child a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. Her subsequent public television shows—Julia Child & Company (1978), Julia Child & More Company (1980), Cooking with Master Chefs (1993), In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs (1995), Baking with Julia (1996), and her one-on-one collaboration with Jacques Pépin, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home (1999)—were all accompanied by books of the same names. The Way to Cook, her magnum opus, was published in 1989, and in 2000 she gave us Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom, a distillation of her years of cooking experience. Her memoir, My Life in France, was published posthumously in 2006. She died in 2004.


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Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to use these books as much as I would have liked so far. I have read other reviews that state they can be read almost like a novel - which is true. But with 2 young children hard to find the time!!

I have used it to look things up quickly and it has been helpful - the parts I have actually sat down and took the time to read have been excellent - I am learning tidbits of information and the proper "how to's" that make the process much easier and satisfying as the results are better. I consider myself a pretty experienced "home cook" and I have found them to be a great resource. If you are just new to cooking you will find it that much more beneficial!!

It is updated for the use of food processors etc.

Enjoy!
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This pair of books will turn the average cook into a great cook. They cover the basics of French cooking in an easy to read format, the recipes work and the result is delicious. If you have read Dearie, Julia's biography, you will know that this started life as a French cookbook written by the other two authors. To get their book published they enlisted Julia to help write the book in American. They then strove for several years to write the perfect French cookbook for the American housewife. The result was an instant best seller and one of the all time great treatises on French cooking. It is not up to date and may be found lacking by cutting edge cooks but it is absolutely terrific for most cooks and of interest in the evolution of food in America. Every household should have a copy.Also I bought this elsewhere because it was $35 cheaper for the set.
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Ce livre de Julia Child est clair facile à comprendre et nous propose des techniques qui fonctionnent très bien. Je le consulte souvent.
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A comprehesive and well illustrated compendium of fine French cuisine that you can make at home. Julia Child's thorough explanations of the most basic to the most complex recipes, injected with her famous sense of humour, calmly assures the most novice of cooks that he/she too can cook like a Cordon Bleu trained chef. Bon Apetit!
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A great addition to the cookbook shelf. Finally, a pie crust recipe and method that works...that alone made it worth buying the set!
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Well written in an informal tone, these books make French cooking much easier. I also like the way she positions basic recipes (as for sauces for example) and then the many variations on the theme derived from them. I have already tried several recipes, with great success.
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My Girlfriend is a chef, and she was looking all around for this. She was so happy when she unwrapped it, she actually cried. I don't know if the book is any good, but it earned me some points with her (and some yummy food soon I hope).
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This classic collection is a surprisingly accessible guide to French cooking (just cut down on the butter if you're health-conscious). The shipping was fast and the product arrived in perfect condition (I ordered it from Amazon directly).

The first recipe I made was Julia's "Boeuf Bourguignonne." I was a bit intimidated reading over the ingredient list, but the stew turned out delicious; I'm a college student without much experience in the kitchen, so this goes to show how clear and complete the instructions are. I would heartily recommend the collection to any food lover, old and new alike.
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