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The only cookbook that explains how to create authentic French dishes in American kitchens with American foods. Teaches the key techniques of French cooking, permitting many variations on a theme. Over 100 instructive drawings.


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The only cookbook that explains how to create authentic French dishes in American kitchens with American foods. Teaches the key techniques of French cooking, permitting many variations on a theme. Over 100 instructive drawings.

30 review for Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matriarchy

    Mine is the 1971 printing inscribed to my mother from Helen, her mother-in-law (my paternal grandfather's third and final wife, whom we disliked). Helen was a pretentious cook who liked to show off - she thought of herself as a cultured Southern belle living a romantic drama - she had her bad poetry published by a vanity press. My mother was a modest homestyle cook from PA Dutch farm roots, who enjoyed baking birthday cakes. Helen gave this book to my mother to belittle her cooking skills. I do Mine is the 1971 printing inscribed to my mother from Helen, her mother-in-law (my paternal grandfather's third and final wife, whom we disliked). Helen was a pretentious cook who liked to show off - she thought of herself as a cultured Southern belle living a romantic drama - she had her bad poetry published by a vanity press. My mother was a modest homestyle cook from PA Dutch farm roots, who enjoyed baking birthday cakes. Helen gave this book to my mother to belittle her cooking skills. I do not believe my mother ever cooked from it. Mom's Betty Crocker cookbooks were used to tatters, and this Julia Child is clean and unmarked - no recipe clippings fluttering from between the pages. Nonetheless, I have always liked Julia Child, her food, her TV show, and her story. It was not Julia's fault that my grandmother was a bitch.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tattered Cover Book Store

    Yes this classic cookbook seems formidable. But, really, it is anything but. Julia Child's way of walking the cook through her recipes guarantees no missed steps. The ingredients you need for each step are clearly laid out, along with the time each step takes, the equipment needed, and any variations that may work. This is more than a cookbook; it is an entire cooking class, just as Julia Child intended. Even now, forty years later, the recipes are just as current as ever, especially since Julia Yes this classic cookbook seems formidable. But, really, it is anything but. Julia Child's way of walking the cook through her recipes guarantees no missed steps. The ingredients you need for each step are clearly laid out, along with the time each step takes, the equipment needed, and any variations that may work. This is more than a cookbook; it is an entire cooking class, just as Julia Child intended. Even now, forty years later, the recipes are just as current as ever, especially since Julia Child was a big fan of fresh ingredients, whole foods over processed, and taking the time to do things right. Although this cookbook may scare off a beginner, it is designed for anyone in the kitchen, and the illustrations from Julia Child's husband are so useful! Highly recommended. Joe

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dottie

    I’ve had Volume One of Mastering the Art of French Cooking on the shelf for forty years and although I’ve not utilized in quite the way Julie what’s-her-name did by cooking all the recipes and writing a book about it, I have cooked a bit from it but more importantly, I’ve LEARNED so much from it. Julia Child and cohorts were great instructors in processes and whys and wherefores. So I finally got Volume Two just to have them side-by-side on my shelf – haven’t dipped into that one yet but I will I’ve had Volume One of Mastering the Art of French Cooking on the shelf for forty years and although I’ve not utilized in quite the way Julie what’s-her-name did by cooking all the recipes and writing a book about it, I have cooked a bit from it but more importantly, I’ve LEARNED so much from it. Julia Child and cohorts were great instructors in processes and whys and wherefores. So I finally got Volume Two just to have them side-by-side on my shelf – haven’t dipped into that one yet but I will once I have some time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jack Barks

    Probably the best book to get into French cooking although some of the recipes are unnecessarily convoluted and can be unpredictable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    This is not a review on the content which is excellent. To be very brief here are the nitpicks regarding the specific imprint 9780241956465: 1. The book size is that of a novel (20cm x 13cm). To open it properly and follow a recipe, once would need to crack the spine and force it open at 180 degrees. It does not stay open at any one page without mechanical force holding it there. 2. The paper has the same newspaper feel as a mass paperback. The font is minute. The height of the non-caps letters is This is not a review on the content which is excellent. To be very brief here are the nitpicks regarding the specific imprint 9780241956465: 1. The book size is that of a novel (20cm x 13cm). To open it properly and follow a recipe, once would need to crack the spine and force it open at 180 degrees. It does not stay open at any one page without mechanical force holding it there. 2. The paper has the same newspaper feel as a mass paperback. The font is minute. The height of the non-caps letters is 1mm. 3. The book cover is not laminated and will gather kitchen stains very quickly. 4. Measurements are in ounces, inches, pints and quarts. There is a conversion table on page 18, but one needs to have a calculator handy My idea of a decent cookbook is one that is resilient, pages stay open so that you can refer to it while cooking. Lamination also helps as stains can be wiped away. This is not the kind of book that you are going to refer to over the next 20 years, as it will have fallen apart and turned grimy after a month. Readabilty is also important, and a font of 1mm in height does not qualify. This excellent book has been ruined by this silly layout/ formatting and "mass paperback" look.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Manik Sukoco

    When you start to use this cookbook, it is easy to understand why it has remained a classic since 1961. It is not like the usual cookbook with big, beautiful photographs, a long list of ingredients and directions on putting everything together. It includes commentary by Julia Child that is really funny sometimes and very useful in understanding how the various ingredients work to make the dish. And, not all the recipes require hours to assemble. The vegetable dishes, in particular, are fairly ea When you start to use this cookbook, it is easy to understand why it has remained a classic since 1961. It is not like the usual cookbook with big, beautiful photographs, a long list of ingredients and directions on putting everything together. It includes commentary by Julia Child that is really funny sometimes and very useful in understanding how the various ingredients work to make the dish. And, not all the recipes require hours to assemble. The vegetable dishes, in particular, are fairly easy. If you love French food and want to make some in your home, get this book. This is the definitive book on the subject and it is not that hard to make incredible dishes. I have made these dishes: Salade Nicoise, Ratatouille, Whole Baked Tomatoes, Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Cream, Fish Filets poached in White Wine and Eggs Baked in Ramekins. I highly recommend each.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Superbunny

    i don't understand why there are people who give low ratings for this cookbook (especially on amazon) complaining that the recipes are tedious and fussy and time consuming. IT'S FRENCH COOKING for godsakes! that's what french cooking is - long, fussy and tedious! that's why french food doesn't taste like american food! if you want to eat 30min meals watch rachael ray. i don't understand why there are people who give low ratings for this cookbook (especially on amazon) complaining that the recipes are tedious and fussy and time consuming. IT'S FRENCH COOKING for godsakes! that's what french cooking is - long, fussy and tedious! that's why french food doesn't taste like american food! if you want to eat 30min meals watch rachael ray.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This is not just a cookbook. It is a step by step guide to French cuisine and Child and Beck leave absolutely nothing left unexplained. I feel great confidence in myself following these recipes and reading ones for future dinners. I love the amount of care that Child poured into this book. Reading the forward felt like reading an extension of My Life in France by Child, the way I’m which she describes food makes me so happy and I feel a great kinship with her. I wish I had time (and a wine budge This is not just a cookbook. It is a step by step guide to French cuisine and Child and Beck leave absolutely nothing left unexplained. I feel great confidence in myself following these recipes and reading ones for future dinners. I love the amount of care that Child poured into this book. Reading the forward felt like reading an extension of My Life in France by Child, the way I’m which she describes food makes me so happy and I feel a great kinship with her. I wish I had time (and a wine budget) to constantly recreate all of these dishes!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I LOVE this Cookbook and Julia Child. Amazing food!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Invaluable

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Harrison

    This along with volume 2 are both amazing cookbooks. The recipes take time but you will be rewarded. I think I have had it for at least 20 years and cook out of it all often.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A beautiful and thorough volume. To call this a cookbook would be an insult to the authors. A fantastic amount of education on the French method of cooking virtually anything!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    The Oeufs en Cocotte section of the book intrigued me so much that I decided to make them myself. Since my mother loved the movie so much, she decided that she absolutely had to have "Mtaofc" herself. After the movie's success, many other people apparently had the same idea, and for the longest time, Sold Out signs sat on the place where the cookbooks should be. Finally, after watching "How To Train Your Dragon" for the second time, we went to the Indigo across the mall strip and were overjoyed to The Oeufs en Cocotte section of the book intrigued me so much that I decided to make them myself. Since my mother loved the movie so much, she decided that she absolutely had to have "Mtaofc" herself. After the movie's success, many other people apparently had the same idea, and for the longest time, Sold Out signs sat on the place where the cookbooks should be. Finally, after watching "How To Train Your Dragon" for the second time, we went to the Indigo across the mall strip and were overjoyed to find a beautiful, clean, crisp, hardcover, tenth edition copy of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". It was no original, 1961 edition like Julie Powell had used, but just the same...it was here and ours. We bought if for $49 Canadian and drove home with spirits high. I myself had spent $92 on the complete "How To Train Your Dragon" book series, but that's another review for another time. Anyway, I flipped through the book and searched the index for the recipes for Oeufs en Cocotte and Sauce ei currie. I finally found them and researched the ingredients and methods for making them. Then on the next Friday I had a free day in my chef class, I brought along everything I needed including the glorious book and set to work. The Curry Cream Sauce turned out perfect and tasted as Julie described it, "heavenly". The Oeufs en Cocotte turned out just fine, but during their cooking, I thought they were taking too long because they had not fully cooked after the set time in the recipe. None the less, once I had cooled them slightly and spread on the Curry Cream Sauce, I dined on my first complete recipe from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". I felt very important and special in that moment. I had made an extra one for my chef to taste and he said it was fabulous. I couldn't agree more and smiled modestly. That night at work I told my boss and co-workers of the success of the book. My co-workers were supportive and happy for me but my boss (who is also a french chef) looked me square in the eyes and said, "Fuck Julia Child, she was a fat bitch who ruined French Cuisine. You ought to be reading cookbooks by Charlie Trotter and Thomas Keller." I really wanted to spew back a nice slurry of retorts, but I was a fearful coward of angering authority, so I nodded and smiled, and shrugged it off with a "whatever." Talk about crushing people's dreams. Jeeze. I ended up leaving that place later on, for other reasons, but the one thing that stuck with me, was that. Soon I hope to be able to own the second volume of the book and perhaps enjoy making things out of it, as I have with this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Not surprisingly, this cookbook is an absolute delight. I jumped on the Julia/Julia bandwagon and bought the book after reading through Julie Powell's memoir, and I'm glad that I did it. Given the fact I like to read cookbooks just as much as I like to actually use them, I appreciated Julia Child's (sometimes lengthy) introductions to her recipes. Having said that: I've had to tweak some of the recipes, mainly cutting the amount of salt used in a given recipe and increasing the amount of vegetable Not surprisingly, this cookbook is an absolute delight. I jumped on the Julia/Julia bandwagon and bought the book after reading through Julie Powell's memoir, and I'm glad that I did it. Given the fact I like to read cookbooks just as much as I like to actually use them, I appreciated Julia Child's (sometimes lengthy) introductions to her recipes. Having said that: I've had to tweak some of the recipes, mainly cutting the amount of salt used in a given recipe and increasing the amount of vegetables used in other recipes. Of course, there's a section or two I'll be skipping entirely. I'm no Julie Powell. I have no desire to make every recipe in the book. I'm also pretty sure I won't be able to get my hands on 30% of the ingredients recommended, nor do I have any desire to spend all my free time and disposable income following in Julia Child's footsteps.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Al

    This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety--all 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 more than forty 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 artl This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety--all 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 more than forty 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

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I've been in a cooking slump so I dusted off Julia Child and I'd forgotten how accessible and delicious this cookbook is! I also immediately remembered I've been holding off on relying on this too heavily in our weekly meals because the kitchen is a disaster afterward. No matter how much my taste and cooking repertoire changes over the years, I always love the recipes in this cookbook. Every recipe I've ever used has been fabulous and most every recipe all 4 of my kids will eat without complaint I've been in a cooking slump so I dusted off Julia Child and I'd forgotten how accessible and delicious this cookbook is! I also immediately remembered I've been holding off on relying on this too heavily in our weekly meals because the kitchen is a disaster afterward. No matter how much my taste and cooking repertoire changes over the years, I always love the recipes in this cookbook. Every recipe I've ever used has been fabulous and most every recipe all 4 of my kids will eat without complaint, which is unbelievable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I really enjoyed this book, although I didn't actually read every word. It was very interesting--I read some parts, skimmed others and enjoyed all of the illustrations. I remember watching "The French Chef" on TV as a child with my mother, and reading this book brought back some fond memories. (Note: The copy that I read only has 684 pages plus an index of 32, so I don't know where the 1,111 page number comes from. It does have the same ISBN number.) I really enjoyed this book, although I didn't actually read every word. It was very interesting--I read some parts, skimmed others and enjoyed all of the illustrations. I remember watching "The French Chef" on TV as a child with my mother, and reading this book brought back some fond memories. (Note: The copy that I read only has 684 pages plus an index of 32, so I don't know where the 1,111 page number comes from. It does have the same ISBN number.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    After listing to the audio version of My Life in France and also being a lover of cookbooks, I knew I had to own this book. A very thoughtful friend gave it to me as a Christmas present this past year. After listing to the audio version of My Life in France and also being a lover of cookbooks, I knew I had to own this book. A very thoughtful friend gave it to me as a Christmas present this past year.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz De Coster

    For all that Julia Child can go overboard on the requirements for her recipes, this cookbook is a classic for a reason. The recipes are reliable, tasty, and often dramatic. They are rarely "quick" fixes, but are almost always worth the planning and effort. One tip - since the cookbook isn't modern, sometimes procedures or cook times have to be adjusted for more efficient equipment. For all that Julia Child can go overboard on the requirements for her recipes, this cookbook is a classic for a reason. The recipes are reliable, tasty, and often dramatic. They are rarely "quick" fixes, but are almost always worth the planning and effort. One tip - since the cookbook isn't modern, sometimes procedures or cook times have to be adjusted for more efficient equipment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This had been sitting on my shelf for the past 5 or 6 years and while I've made a few recipes here and there throughout the years, lately I am doing a lot of stuff from here. Recently reading part of the correspondence between Child and her long-time pen pal, Avis DeVoto, inspired me to revisit this essential cookbook. This had been sitting on my shelf for the past 5 or 6 years and while I've made a few recipes here and there throughout the years, lately I am doing a lot of stuff from here. Recently reading part of the correspondence between Child and her long-time pen pal, Avis DeVoto, inspired me to revisit this essential cookbook.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Now I didn't actually read this book cover to cover but there are bits and pieces that I did read that I found to be interesting. I will probably attempt some of the recipes included in the book but I don't foresee attempting to pull a Julie and Julia type of thing. Don't think I would have the guts to try some of those recipes on my own. Now I didn't actually read this book cover to cover but there are bits and pieces that I did read that I found to be interesting. I will probably attempt some of the recipes included in the book but I don't foresee attempting to pull a Julie and Julia type of thing. Don't think I would have the guts to try some of those recipes on my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    This was #4 on my sister's list of top ten cookbooks. She said many interesting things about this. First, it is designed to teach American how to fix French food. She said that this is not a recipe book, but rather a book on how to cook. She also said that the recipe from the movie was a "yum." This was #4 on my sister's list of top ten cookbooks. She said many interesting things about this. First, it is designed to teach American how to fix French food. She said that this is not a recipe book, but rather a book on how to cook. She also said that the recipe from the movie was a "yum."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    The bible of French-cooking. All the background of French eating culture, basics of cooking, and those classic recipes. After more than 40 years in circulation, this book is a definite essential for anyone with food in their hearts.

  24. 4 out of 5

    תניה

    THE AUTHORITATIVE BOOK FOR NON-FRENCH PEOPLE TO LEARN HOW TO COOK FRENCH FOOD. This particular edition is from 1987 and it was designed to be the affordable version, so the layout is a little bit confusing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A Classic I borrowed this from the library. I wanted to make sure the Kindle version would be easy to navigate and have a comprehensive index. I will definitely be buying it. Julia Child...what more needs to be said? And yes, I suddenly have an urge to watch "Julie & Julia." A Classic I borrowed this from the library. I wanted to make sure the Kindle version would be easy to navigate and have a comprehensive index. I will definitely be buying it. Julia Child...what more needs to be said? And yes, I suddenly have an urge to watch "Julie & Julia."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I use the second volume for the authentic French bread recipe. If you find yourself with a weekend to spare, prepare this bread! Crunchy exterior and fluffy, light airy wholes...Y.U.M.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    Most of the recipes are Really Hard, but a lot of it is very interesting, if only to learn and fantasize about what you could do with more time and money. Then you go make noodles with butter.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I just picked this up Friday. I have had fun reading the intro's to Frank! I'll need to work on my reading voice though. Now to pick a recipe to try first! I just picked this up Friday. I have had fun reading the intro's to Frank! I'll need to work on my reading voice though. Now to pick a recipe to try first!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Five stars simply because it's by Julia Child and another five stars because I found this book on the bargain table at Vroman's for $4.98!!!! (Regularly $30) Five stars simply because it's by Julia Child and another five stars because I found this book on the bargain table at Vroman's for $4.98!!!! (Regularly $30)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Spouse gave this to me for my birthday, after we saw the Julie & Julia movie. I'm enjoying reading the recipes, hearing Julia Child's voice in my head. A few pages a night are very satisfying! Spouse gave this to me for my birthday, after we saw the Julie & Julia movie. I'm enjoying reading the recipes, hearing Julia Child's voice in my head. A few pages a night are very satisfying!

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