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

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

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ISBN-13: 9780307593528
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Sales rank: 11,301
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 3.60(d)

About the Author

JULIA CHILD, a native of California and a Smith College graduate; Simone (“Simca”) Beck, French-born and -educated; and Louisette Bertholle, half French and half American, educated in both countries, represented an even blending of the two backgrounds and were singularly equipped to write about French cooking for Americans. Child studied at Paris’s famous Cordon Bleu, and all three authors worked under various distinguished French chefs. In 1951 they started their own cooking school in Paris, L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes, at the same time that Mastering the Art of French Cooking was taking shape. After that, Simone Beck published two cookbooks, Simca’s Cuisine in 1972 and New Menus from Simca’s Cuisine in 1979, and she continued to teach cooking in France until her death in 1991. Louisette Bertholle also had several cookery books published. 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. Several public television shows and numerous cookbooks followed. She died in 2004.

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1912

Date of Death:

August 12, 2004

Place of Birth:

Pasadena, California

Place of Death:

Santa Barbara, California

Education:

B.A., Smith College, 1934; Le Cordon Bleu, 1950

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking Boxed Set: Volumes 1 and 2 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
ASNR More than 1 year ago
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.
ShakespeareInLove More than 1 year ago
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.
Marcey More than 1 year ago
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!
mepfann More than 1 year ago
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.
CookingWorkingMama More than 1 year ago
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!!!
DotsyBrook More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Fishgirl3 More than 1 year ago
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.
EKM More than 1 year ago
One of the great classics, a must for any cook's library.
DelstalOpalMay More than 1 year ago
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!
SPIRALBOUND More than 1 year ago
The most thorough, thought provoking, comprehensive writing I have come across on French Cooking, bar none!
vmh More than 1 year ago
This set of cook books are cooking books for the ages. It was a very important breakthrough at the time it was first published but it is still a great resourse for cooking. I am really happy I finally bought the set for myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my daughter. She absolutely loved it. I can't wait to sample some of her French cooking. Your service is A-1! Thank you!
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I REALLY ENJOY IT. MAKE DIFFICULY THINGS MUCH EASIER
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DC3 More than 1 year ago
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!!! :)
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