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Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume One

by Julia Child

‘This isn’t just any cookery book. It is Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and it’s a book that is a statement, not of culinary intent, but of aspiration, a commitment to a certain sort of good life, a certain sort of world-view; a votive object implying taste and appetite and a little je ne sais quoi . . . Julia Child’s book is a triumph, and also a trophy.’  A. A. Gill, The Times

‘This book fundamentally altered the way a basic human activity was perceived and pursued.  A.O. Scott, The New York Times

‘Has been described as being the best book about French cooking in English . . . I agree.’  Ambrose Heath, Guardian


01 January, 1961

About Julia Child

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She was graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they married they lived in Paris, where she 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 her 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.


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