on July 1, 2016
I love the contents of this book, however it is a book, Hardcover and not easy to handle. If you are used to most American cook books, with a list of ingredients and estimated prep time, this takes some getting used to. Best feature for me is the explanations of what is happening to ingredients as you cook/prep them. I love that. Worst feature is that it is a hardcover book, hard to lay flat, so hard to read as you are working. If I could get it in a binder format , I would buy again. Looking forward to making more great food!
on November 1, 2012
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.
on June 21, 2010
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.
on April 8, 2010
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.