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Julia Child's Menu Cookbook Hardcover – September 7, 1991

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This beautiful edition, illustrated with over 500 full-color photographs, contains 26 menus for cooking for company-gala feasts of every kind from Holiday Lunch to Dinner for the Boss to an Old-Fashioned Chicken Dinner. The menus are all complete from appetizer to dessert, and Julia Child's detailed recipes with hands-on guidance make the experience of entertaining as delightful for the host as it is for the guest.

As you leaf through these pages, you will note that Julia's new emphasis is on the pleasures of the American table. In her inimitable fashion she gives us exciting, delicious, and utterly foolproof recipes, inspiring confidence in us as cooks and enlarging our repertoires with menus guaranteed to please.

A chapter is devoted to each of the twenty-six menus included in the book. For all of the menus, Child provides first a checklist of staples and draws up a marketing list. Every detail is carefully thought out. There are luscious photographs to show how each dish should look and to demonstrate, step by step, unfamiliar techniques.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Wings Books; 1st edition (September 7, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517064855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517064856
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

(Photo credit: (C) Michael P. McLaughlin)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JSG on September 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Found this book at a yard sale for $1.00 and am I glad I got it. It has a wealth of classic American and some European dishes set out by menus for many occasions. Julia has a great palate and everything tastes and comes out perfectly. It is based on her two television shows "Julia Child and Company" and "JuliaChild and More Company". I use it all the time for good basic recipes like cole slaw, Indian pudding, and many other homey as well as somewhat grand dishes. You can't go wrong with anything Julia puts her name and effort to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vickey Zalewski on February 24, 2013
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My daughter had asked for some Julia Child Cookbooks for Christmas. I bought her several since the price was right, and this one was one of her favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Rebholz on May 5, 2013
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Anything Julia cooks is just fine with me. I don't make her recipes too often because they are kinda high in calories and fat, but once in a while or when company comes, I will make something. Her recipes are a bit long and tedious, but worth every minute of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Adams on September 17, 2012
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i like the book. Some of the recipes are great, and some are
not my taste. But, a lot of great tips and reading about some
cooking methods I never knew. I'll use it.
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By Bea in Denver on November 27, 2014
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Perfect as always. She even covered making home made pizza, all the way to Stuffed and Poached Stewing Chicken and on to Hen Bonne Femme a/k/a Poached stewing chicken with onions, mushrroms, and white-wine sauce. She covered soup,salads, and even what to do with left overs. I also found instructions for Brioche Dough. What was not to like, it was pure Julia.
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Julia Child's Menu Cookbook, takes all the guess work out of planning a dinner party. Every step is explained from start to finish. There are recipes for savory soups, succulent meats and poultry, refreshing salads and over the top, decadent desserts. All the knowledge of this proficient woman is contained in this book. How can you possibly go wrong by following a cookbook by Julia Child!
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This is another of the great Julia Child culinary canons. I had this cookbook at one time and lost it, so finding this and being able to get it is a "walk down memory lane." The problem is that Julia--for all her influence on American cooking--now seems a bit dated. There is a bit too much intensive labor in most of these recipes and the ingredients are very fatty or buttery. Still, I was glad I could get a hold of it, and all of the "stars" on the food channels are in her debt..
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