5 Must-Have Julia Child Books

August 11, 2011

Julia Child may be the most famous food writer in the United States.  Her books have taught generations of people how to cook.  In honor of Julia's upcoming birthday, I thought I would pay tribute by highlighting some of my favorite Julia Child publications.  Every cook should have at least one of her books in their cookbook collection.

Mastering The Art of French Cooking Vol. 1 and 2
These books are the backbone of all Julia Child's work, her magnum opus.  They fueled American's interest in French cooking.  Her recipes and techniques are still relevant in today's kitchen.

The Way to Cook
This book speaks to anyone with little or no cooking experience. Child describes basic cooking techniques in great detail to give the beginner confidence to get in the kitchen and cook.

Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
This book is the companion to their hit PBS series of the same name.  The book is divided into chapters on appetizers, soups, eggs, salads and sandwiches, potatoes, vegetables, fish, poultry, meats, and desserts. It is written in a she said-he said format which allows both cooks to give culinary advice on the same topic.

As Always Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis Devoto
Avis Devoto is one of the main reasons why Julia Child was able to publish Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  This book is a collection of letters recounting the writing process and the budding friendship between the two women.

My Life in France
A memoir of Julia and Paul Child's life in France beginning in 1948 when they first arrived in Paris until their last days enjoying their cabin in Provence.  It gives personal insight to Julia's life and tells of how she became a food icon.

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