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This book in Hannibal’s kitchen is Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck, volume 1.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking is the result of a collaboration among Julia Child , Simone  Beck, Louisette Bertholle, illustrator Sidonie Coryn, and Paul Cushing Child (Child’s husband), and was the impetus for Child’s long and successful career as a pioneering television chef. 

Julia Child’s goal was to adapt classic French cuisine for mainstream Americans. The collaboration of this cookbook proved groundbreaking and has since become a standard guide for the culinary community. Mastering Volume 1 was originally published in 1961 after some early difficulties. Volume 1 was a broad survey of French flavors and techniques, and grew out of the work the three women had done for their Paris cooking school, “L'École des trois gourmandes”. Mastering Volume 2, released in 1970, again a collaboration between Julia Child and Simone Beck but not Louisette Bertholle with whom the professional relationship had ended, expanded on certain topics of interest that had not been covered as completely as the three had planned to in the first volume (particularly baking and charcuterie). 

Taken together, the two volumes are considered one of the most influential works in American cookbook history. Julia Child has long been accorded near-universal respect in the cooking world, in part due to the influence of these books.

Sending love and puppies to xshiromorix for identifying the book. :-)


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