Food and Friends: Recipes and Memories from Simca's Cuisine

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The coauthor of Mastering the Art of French Cooking shares an irresistible feast of reminiscence and recipes.

Simone "Simca" Beck first met Julia Child in 1949 in the women's cooking club Cercle des Gourmettes in Paris. Soon afterwards, the two began collaborating on what would become Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

During her extraordinary career, Simca was mentor and ...

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Overview

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The coauthor of Mastering the Art of French Cooking shares an irresistible feast of reminiscence and recipes.

Simone "Simca" Beck first met Julia Child in 1949 in the women's cooking club Cercle des Gourmettes in Paris. Soon afterwards, the two began collaborating on what would become Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

During her extraordinary career, Simca was mentor and friend to a generation of cooks and food writers. In Food and Friends, she interweaves tantalizing recipes and menus with a wonderfully evocative account of her Normandy childhood, her madcap escapades in 1920s Paris, her work with Julia Child, and her friendships with James Beard, Craig Claiborne, M.F.K. Fisher, and Richard Olney, among others.

Julia Child's mentor and coauthor of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Simone "Simca" Beck combines menus and recipes with the extraordinary story of her life--from her childhood in pre-World War I Normandy to madcap escapades in 1920's Paris to tragedy and triumph. Illustrated with vintage photos and drawings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1911, seven-year-old Beck coauthor of Mastering the Art of French Cooking made her first roux ; 20th-century French cooking hasn't been the same since. In this memoir cowritten with Patterson, she tells her life story both as a gourmet and as a woman. Beck begins at Rainfrevillesic , the comfortable family house where her kitchen experiments began. An unfortunate marriage at 19 in Paris led to divorce and Beck's introduction to a man sporting a ``badly tied bow tie''--Jean Fischbachersic , who would become her second husband. Following World War II, she grew interested in writing ``a valid cookbook for Americans'' about French cuisine. An editor's advice to find a collaborator resulted in her fruitful association with the wife of a U.S. government official--Julia Child. Despite the many pages devoted here to the culinary art, Beck's book is essentially the love story of ``Simca'' and Jean, and this story is less compelling than might be expected. Her recipes, however, do transcend--be it in the combination of strawberries, currants and lime juice for a timbale aux fruits rouges or the sorrel, parsley and creme fraiche for soupe a la Suraile . Perhaps it is too much to ask that the memories in Food and Friends uplift like the recipes; the recipes alone are a gift. Illustrations not seen by PW. Sept.
Library Journal
A delightful book from the coauthor of Mastering the Art of French Cooking Knopf, 1983. 2d ed. and author of Simca's Cuisine Knopf, 1972, o.p. and New Menus from Simca's Culture HBJ, 1979, o.p.. Beck is perhaps best known in this country as Julia Child's collaborator, but her own cookbooks further established her reputation and, now in her 80s, she continues to receive students from all over the world at her farmhouse in the south of France. Here she reminisces about her privileged childhood and unfortunate first marriage, happily followed by nearly 50 years of marriage to her ``dear Jean,'' the deprivations and tragedies of life in World War II France, and the ``landmark'' and ``fruitful years,'' when she discovered her talent and vocation for cooking. Her memoirs are, of course, accompanied by her wonderful menus to mark occasions of all sorts, with a bonus section of other favorite dishes. An essential purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670839346
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1991
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Simone "Simca" Beck (1904-1991) was born in Normandy. Her other books include Simca's Cuisine and More Recipes from Simca's Cuisine.

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