Mastering the Art of French Cooking Boxed Set: Volumes 1 and 2

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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 entirety—524 recipes.
“Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, ...

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Overview

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 entirety—524 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 classic—with 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 pâtés and terrines and sausages. Here, most of us have no choice but to create them for ourselves.
Bon appétit!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307593528
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Sales rank: 132,577
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 3.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Child

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.

Biography

If leeks, shallots, and sea salt are available at your local supermarket, you probably have Julia Child to thank for it. At a time when many home cooks had nothing more ambitious in their repertoires than Jell-O salad, Child revolutionized the American kitchen, demonstrating that with good ingredients and a few French techniques, even the novice chef could turn out bistro-worthy dinners of boeuf bourguignon and tarte Tatin.

Child's interest in teaching techniques, rather than simply listing fancy recipes, was evident from her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which took years of collaboration (with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle) and experimentation to write. Craig Claiborne, reviewing the book for The New York Times in 1961, wrote: "Probably the most comprehensive, laudable, and monumental work on [French cuisine] was published this week, and it will probably remain the definitive work for nonprofessionals." He was right -- it's been a top seller ever since.

To promote the book, the Cordon Bleu–trained Child made an appearance on WGBH in Boston. Not content merely to talk about cooking, she brought along eggs, a hot plate, and a whisk, and demonstrated the proper way to make an omelette. The station producers recognized a potential star, and Child's first television show, The French Chef, was born. Soon thousands of viewers were tuning in to watch Julia flip crepes, blanch beans, and sear steaks. Each show ended with her signature sign-off: "Bon appétit!"

Since then, Child has hosted hundreds of television episodes, and her cookbooks have continued to be both inspiring and practical. Volume two of Mastering the Art of French Cooking was followed by titles like The Way to Cook, Cooking with Master Chefs and Julia's Kitchen Wisdom. Child also co-founded the American Institute of Wine and Food, an educational organization devoted to gastronomy. Many top-flight professional and celebrity chefs -- including Alice Waters, Emeril Lagasse, and Thomas Keller -- have cited Julia Child as an inspiration. "My own copy of volume one [of French Cooking] is so worn that the duct tape holding it together looks natural," chef Jasper White once noted.

Still, Child remains best known for bringing good food into the home, where she championed "food as an art form, as a delightful part of civilized life." And though she's expanded her range to include American, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines, she hasn't been influenced by fad diets or fat phobias. She still cooks with butter and cream. As she told Nightline, "Small helpings, no seconds, a little bit of everything, no snacking and have a good time. I think if you follow that, you're going to be healthy, wealthy and wise."

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During World War II, Julia McWilliams served in the Office of Strategic Services -- the forerunner of the CIA -- in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After the war, the two married and moved to Paris, where Julia Child fell in love with French food. Years later, she could still recount her first meal in Paris, which included oysters, scallops in cream sauce, and duck.

After Child moved from her Cambridge, Massachusetts, house to a retirement community in California, she donated her famous kitchen -- where three of her television series were taped -- to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Child stands tall at a statuesque 6' 2".

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    1. Also Known As:
      Julia McWilliams (maiden name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 5, 1912
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pasadena, California
    1. Date of Death:
      August 12, 2004
    2. Place of Death:
      Santa Barbara, California

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    The best food you've ever eaten!

    I have been cooking for many years. I've always wanted to learn more about French cooking techniques. I thought it would be difficult. My grandson gave me the set of cookbooks for Christmas. I have been cooking a new recipe each week. What rave reviews from my family. "This is the best stew or the best pot roast you ever made". I enjoy reading the ccok books as well as cooking from them. The recipies are easy to follow.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Great Bookset For Beginning Cooking & Beyond

    I own many cookbooks, but this is by far the very best, and I never knew it until I observed one at BN. This is so easy to follow and teaches everything a cook needs to know...I've been married for over twenty years, but now I am mastering sauces and other challenges I always had...I never had any knowledge or guidance in a kitchen growing up, I was always working..so I wasn't the cook. Now I'm having a ball re-discovering how it all begins and not failing. Its funny that Julia Childs books are still this valuable even in todays life, and especially in todays life. This would be a great gift for any new couple, college student, or anyone getting ready to venture out on their own.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This book is a "must have" for all cooks who wish to broaden their knowledge and skill of specialty cooking. With ingredients in the left column, and corresponding directions in the right column, recipes are made understandable.

    In the Preface of Volume One, Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle & Simone Beck, the forward states, "To La Belle France whose peasants, fishermen, housewives, and princes - not to mention her chefs - through generations of inventive and loving concentration have created one of the world's great arts." When reading both the Introduction and Foreward, it becomes evident that Julia Child lived and breathed cooking.
    The reader gains particular knowledge in Kitchen Equipment, Definitions, Ingredients, Measures, Temperatures, Cutting, and Wines.
    The ten Chapters start off with Soups, Sauces, Eggs, Entrees & Luncheon Dishes and Fish. Poultry, Meat, Vegetables, Cold Buffet and Desserts & Cakes.
    In Volume Two's "New Revised Edition," Julia Child and Simone Beck break down this book in to seven chapters and three appendices. The authors are more detail conscious in this book. We learn soups, bisques and chowders in Chapter One. Chapter Two covers the baking of breads, brioches, croissants and pastries. The next two chapters include meats and chickens. Chapter Five separates the boys from the men with Charcuterie: Sausages, Salted Pork and Goose, Pates and Terrines. Chapters Six and Seven include vegetables and desserts. The Illustrations are clear and precise.
    The Dedication of this book reads, "To Alfred Knopf who is as much an appreciator of good writing, types faces, layout, and paper as he is of fresh 'foie gras, truite au bleu,' and Meursault Les Perrieres. In short, he is the ideal publisher for this kind of book, just as he is the ideal dinner guest for those who have mastered the art of French cooking.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    Learn to cook...all over again

    I love Julia Childs (after seeing Julie & Julia) and have re-discovered the joys of cooking. I'm a veteran meal preparer, but her recipes have taught me a whole new way of cooking. Although many would be nervous about too much butter, wine and cream, the overall outcome is four-star restaurant quality meals. My family is in heaven!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    Not enough time to say....

    This book is thrilling! It's more than just recipes, its a practical guide to eating, cooking, technique and AWESOME flavor.

    The meals have been out of this world, and it has opened up a whole new direction in my kitchen!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another great printing to an American Classic

    This boxed set of Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a wonderful addition to anyone's kitchen. I love cookbooks and had been looking for a good copy of the original for a while. They are hard to find! After the movie came out (Julie and Julia) it was everywhere! The most valuable aspect of these books is that it actually teaches you to be a better cook. It defines all of the tools, ingredients and technniques used in cooking. This is a fun part of our kitchen for the entire family. Experimenting with my daughters on several recipes already! This would be a spectacular gift, especially for a new cook (maybe for a new bride) along with a few of the cooking tools used (a nice enameled, cast iron casserole, for instance) Good luck and happy cooking!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Classic

    One of the great classics, a must for any cook's library.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    I love these books

    Saw the film and had to have the books-very very detailed and for the serious 'cooks' and serious want to be cooks this is a must have set for your kitchen library. Just the history on how some recipes were classically prepared is worth it but there is much much more! Great fantastic gift!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Julia Child Lives

    The most thorough, thought provoking, comprehensive writing I have come across on French Cooking, bar none!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    A True Julia Classic!

    Although this set may not be for every cook, it is surely a winner! Both volumes are packed with information and are uniquely detailed. For the beginner cook it could be a bit ambitious but the techniques that are conveyed could easily transform a beginner into a sure talent. Many of our new kitchen gadgets such as food processors, choppers, etc. can be used to eliminate the more time consuming elements of her dishes but either way THEY ARE WORTH THE EFFORT!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

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    For the serious cook

    Excellent resource.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    I bought this as a gift and the person I bought it for has already made one of the more difficult recipes. It was delicious.

    It makes a great gift.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    Great educational set

    I bought this cookbook combo to learn the technique of french cooking. Have not had a lot of time yet to go through the books. What I have covered so far has been interesting. I believe that I will be happy with this purchase. When my husband and I were in France, we really enjoyed their method of cooking. It was healthy, presented beautifully and tasted exceptionally good. I am hoping these cookbooks will allow me to duplicate french cooking at home.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    This was purchased as a gift and it was very well received. I enjoyed the ease of buying on line and the value.

    See above

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    The Julia Child set was a Christmas gift requested by my daughter.

    She told me she's been reading the books like a novel and plans to make "every dish". I call that inspiration.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

    A Kitchen Essential

    It is the best cooking encyclopedia I have ever found and my third set. The first was so used up that I had to purchase a second set within three years. Now twenty years later, I will just keep this one for show.
    By the way, the book is so good, they should make a movie out of it...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended - Learn to cook for real!!!

    For many years I have dreamed of owning these two books, and at last my dreams came true for Christmas this year. These books are meant to be read and fully 'digested', not simply scanned hastily for a recipe when you're ready to head to the kitchen. By spending time reading different sections and practicing what you read, you will indeed learn to cook, and not just blindly follow a recipe. I highly recommend this set for persons who love to work with food, love to cook, and want to gain a more in-depth knowledge of how to prepare awesomely delicious food.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    I REALLY ENJOY IT. MAKE DIFFICULY THINGS MUCH EASIER

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

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    LOVE!LOVE!LOVE! ALL JULIA CHILD FANS MUST HAVE!!! :)

    I BOUGHT THIS BOOK BACK IN JANUARY'2010 AND I STILL CANT PUT IT DOWN. I HAVE MADE COUNTLESS RECIPES ALREADY FROM ASPARAGUS SOUP TO ORANGE SPONGE CAKE. AMAZING!!! I LOVE HOW THERE IS A MEASUREMENT SYSTEM-DEFINITIONS ON DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS AND EQUIPMENT USED THROUGHOUT THE BOOK. ITS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE MUST HAVE IN THERE KITCHEN AND RECIPE BOOK COLLECTION! IF I COULD I WOULD GIVE THIS BOOK A 100'STARS. ALSO IF YOUR A HUGE FAN AS I'AM. JULIA'S KITCHEN WISDOM IS A GREAT BOOK. IF YOU OWN THE MTAFC SET YOU NEED THIS BOOK! I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT THESE BOOKS. JUST BUY THEM ALREADY! AM GOING TO GO MAKE JULIA'S BUTTER SPONGECAKE NOW! BON'APPETIT!!! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Great Cooking Source

    A set of cook books that every serious cook should have, Easy to follow. Great food!

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