12/13 Sweetman gave to:
Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Vol. 1)
by Julia Child
my rating: 5 stars
recommended to Sweetman by: Julia Child
recommended for: anyone who has their own kitchen
read in January, 1967 | owns a copy
Sweetman said: ” A must-have for all who have their “own” kitchen. It’s a monument, the sign of someone who knows how important it is to be able to present a beautifully roasted chicken, a perfect white sauce or asparagus done to the “nth” degree of tenderness.
Keep in mind I said someone who knows how important it is to cook this way. The actual execution of nearly ALL of my beloved Ms. Child’s recipes require a professional kitchen, a legion of specific and expensive cooking tools and at least a week to pull it off–and of course nothing really comes out as good as it’s supposed to.
This is Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a lifetime of experience in the perfect cookbook, written in the voice of my hero, Julia Child. She kept me company when I was sick on the couch, she enthralled me with her genuine love of cooking and knowledge of what she created. She was the first woman in my television memory who donned an apron and didn’t mince around the table looking perfect (June Cleever) or bumble around the set like a clown (Lucille Ball). Julia Child worked the set, the food, the props and it was even better when things went flying or fell or splattered all over the place because that was really cooking!
Even as a kid, I knew I’d never cook the way she did. The amounts of butter nauseated me (I ate a whole spoonful on a bet as a kid and the taste of plain butter still makes me sick), the ingredients–especially the minute “dabs”, “sprinkles”, “a touch” where things I’d never have just waiting to be added in my kitchen–I knew this as a child! But I loved and appreciated her passion and her desire to share what she loved with the rest of us. This cookbook, following me around from kitchen to kitchen with me leafing through the recipes and reading the introductory chapters is my testament to her.