Mastering the Art of French Cooking: The Essential Cooking Classics

Mastering the Art of French Cooking: The Essential Cooking Classics
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Hardcover, Knopf Publishing Group, 2009, ISBN13 9780307593528, ISBN10 0307593525

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The perfect gift for any follower of Julia Child and any lover of French food. This boxed set brings together Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and its sequel, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two, published in 1970.

Volume One is the classic cookbook, in its entirety524 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 nearly fifty 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. The techniques learned in this beautiful book, with more than one hundred instructive illustrations, can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely usable. In compiling the secrets of famous Cordon Bleu chefs, the authors produced a magnificent volume that continues to have a place of honor in American kitchens.

Volume Two is the sequel to the great cooking classicwith 257 additional recipes.

Following the publication of the celebrated Volume One, Julia Child and Simone Beck continued to search out and sample new recipes among the classic dishes and regional specialties of France cooking, conferring, tasting, revising, perfecting. Out of their discoveries they made, for Volume Two, a brilliant selection of precisely those recipes that not only add to the repertory but, above all, bring the reader to a new level of mastery of the art of French cooking.

Each of these recipes is worked out step-by-step, with the clarity and precision that are the essence of the first volume. Five times as many drawings as in Volume One make the clear instructions even more so.

Perhaps the most remarkable achievement of this volume is that it will make Americans actually more expert than their French contemporaries in two supreme areas of cookery: baking and charcuterie. In France one can turn to the local bakery for fresh and expertly baked bread, or to neighborhood charcuterie for pts and terrines and sausages. Here, most of us have no choice but to create them for ourselves.

Bon apptit!

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Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Publish Date: Dec 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780307593528
ISBN-10: 0307593525
Format: Hardcover
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 6.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.6 x 7.5 x 3.6
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5.0 stars by ChiefReynolds

I bought this as a gift for my wife, after being inspired by the Julie and Julia movie. First of all, the Walmart price is the best...by quite a bit. I found this for well over $100 dollars elsewhere. Second, the recipes inside are easy to follow and make for fantastic meals! If you have a rookie cook in the house who wants to explore the cullinary arts, or if you have a master that just wants new recipes to try...this is a must have.

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Mastering the cookbook
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Customer review by Alphamom

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This collection is more than just some recipes thrown into a book. By reading through each section, one is given information that is not included in simpler cookbooks, where each cut of meat comes from, how best to cook it, and what to serve and drink with it. The book reflects a gracious time when dinner party's were not pot luck or buffet style but lavish sit down affairs. All that aside, read the reciepie and instructions over thoroughly, then follow them and the outcome will be absolutely yummy.

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We love Julia
12/28/2009

Customer review by MrsDuck14

5.0 stars by MrsDuck14

Great to have 2 volumes in a case and very reasonably priced. Bought it for my son who is in Culinary School and he was very pleased.

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