The Way to Cook

The Way to Cook



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In her most creative and instructive cookbook, Julia Child distills a lifetime of cooking into 800 recipes emphasizing lightness, freshness, and simplicity. Chapters are structured around master recipes, followed by innumerable variations that are easily made once the basics are understood. For example, make Julia’s simple but impeccably prepared sauté of chicken, and before long you're easily whipping up Chicken with Mushrooms and Cream, Chicken Provençale, Chicken Pipérade, or Chicken Marengo. Or master her perfect broiled butterflied chicken, and you’ll soon be including Deviled Rabbit or Split Cornish Game Hens Broiled with Cheese on your menu. Here home cooks will find a treasure trove of poultry and fish recipes, as well as a vast array of fresh vegetables prepared in new ways, along with bread doughs and delicious indulgences, such as Caramel Apple Mountain or a Queen of Sheba Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Leaves. And if you want to know how a finished dish should look or how to angle your knife or to fashion a pretty rosette on a cake, there are more than 600 color photographs to entice and instruct you along the way. A brilliant, inspiring, one-of-a-kind, book from the incomparable Julia Child, The Way to Cook is a testament to the satisfactions of good home cooking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679747659
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1993
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 96,622
Product dimensions: 9.18(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II; afterward she lived in Paris, 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. 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


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

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Way to Cook 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book from a friend three years ago and I've been using it since then. I've tried several recipes by now and I can tell that all of them were so good!!! I've received a lot of compliments with 'The Queen of Sheba','Plum Cake', 'Quiches' She 'holds' your hand during the process. Is great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to tackle Mastering the art of French cooking and I wanted something more recent that would use current kitchen technology. This book is it. The recipes are spelled out step by step and if you follow them you will get great results. I have not been able to bake bread very well. With this cookbook I have successfully made brioche, pizza crust and french bread. The illustrations are useful and the directions clear and straight forward. It's a great cook book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i kept checking this out of the library and finally just bought my own copy. it is an excellent teaching cookbook, especially for a beginner like me. i like the way she explains how things work. this helps me to not only be successful but also to figure out where i went wrong!
Willowdancer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of all my cookbooks this is my favorite.
siubhank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my treat to myself about eight Christmases ago. I love to cook (and, unfortunately to eat my own cooking ) and I was throwing a dinner party for six of our closest friends. I wanted to really blow their sock off, some of them are certified chefs, so that isn't easy. Anyway, this cookbook is wonderful, not only do you get recipes, you get tips on how to alter recipes. I've gone through close to a third of the recipes and referred to this book when I've run into difficulty at the stove. If you ever watched Julia Child on TV you know how she talked and worked, the book is absolutely the same. She even takes pot-shots at other cooks and cooking fads.
DawnFinley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of cookbook you can actually just read. The photographs are beautiful, plentiful, and helpful. And the book works in the old-fashioned way most hotly marketed cookbooks today don't; you get a master recipe, and then several variations on the theme, or ways to use the master recipe as a part of other dishes. Some of the more elaborate items I haven't had the courage to try (like dripping hot sugar over a broomstick to decorate my yule log). There are a lot of short articles on subjects of all kinds (like the physiological consequences of eating plenty of beans), full of Julia's humor and pragmatism. This gorgeous book will probably be of most use to more experienced cooks with plenty of time and kitchen space. But anyone can learn a great deal about how food works, and you can adapt the size or scale of the recipes to suit your own taste. Comprehensive and lush.
WhoDatter More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best book for a any cook! The recipes have been tried over and over, not to mention the tips and knowledge of your cooking supplies, along with your product purchases for cooking! Highly recommended!
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Have tried a number of recipes .... they are simply delicious. I recommend this book 100%.
Redford More than 1 year ago
Best Cookbook I have ever bought,and I have a large collection!It explains each step from start to finish and is very easy to follow even for the novice cook. You will love it! everything I have tried so far was amazing!
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choochee More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by Julia Child. While I will probably not try to make many of the recipes, it is fun to read and to learn different techniques to use in other dishes.
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I wanted the total cookbook for Julia and this one didn't quite layout the way I expected or have the recipes that are as practical as I wanted- especially for the cost- this book was very expensive for how often I use it.
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