Organized by large category and technique, it's a very handy reference guide for anyone reasonably comfortable in the kitchen. Each section contains a master recipe followed by variations. The emphasis is on technique, so if you occasionally find yourself trying to remember at what temperature to best roast a duck, the best way to cook green beans and keep them green, or how to save your hollandaise, then this is the book for you. And what good is a reference guide without an index? As always, Child comes to our rescue with a fantastic, comprehensive index, 19 pages long for 107 pages of text, so we can find the answers to life's burning questions in a flash.
Part of what makes Julia Child such an icon is that she can describe a complicated dish, and in the next breath convince us to make it. Classic Chocolate Mousse, Sabayon, Scalloped Potatoes Savoyarde, and Butterflied Leg of Lamb sound manageable when they follow recipes for Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Scrambled Eggs. And with Child's help, they are. "Quick, snappy answers" for both basic and complicated cooking questions make this a work we'll never outgrow. And if Julia can use a cheat sheet, so can we! Fans of Child will love that her personality shows through in comments like, "Don't crowd the pan... or you'll be sorry," and, to introduce her Basic Vinaigrette Dressing, "I use the proportions of a very dry martini." Eight pages of photos taken by her husband, Paul, including one of Child with the famous dancing goose, make this even more of a treasure.
If there is anyone qualified to offer kitchen wisdom, it must be Julia Child. After a lifetime of cooking and teaching, her knowledge is a perfect gift for fans, novices, or anyone responsible for putting dinner on the table every night. --Leora Y. Bloom
love Julia Child - this is a wonderful addition to my 'Bon Appetit' kitchen.Published 6 days ago by DJ
If you love to cook or want to learn how you need this book. My love of cooking (and eating) began with Julia. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maureen Haughey
Anyone can collect recipes. Myself included. I really love books where I can learn something new about cooking. Techniques that are different or unknown to me are what I look for. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J.H.
I am reading all I can about Julia Child. Since her death the books are a wealth of knowledge. Her books are teaching me to be a better cook.Published 4 months ago by Bea in Denver
Everyone who likes to cook or wants to learn to own a copy of this book. This is my third copy.Published 5 months ago by lee13