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Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume I & II

Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume I & II

Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume I & II

by Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; Bertholle, Louisette

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970. First Edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. Two volumes, both are first editions (stated), first printings. Volume I is Signed by Julia Child and Simone Beck on the half-title page; Volume II is signed by Julia Child and her husband and inscribed to a former owner on the half-title page.

Bound in publisher's original white cloth with red and blue Fleur-de-Les pattern. Near Fine. Volume I with bumped corners, hinge at half-title page exposed with owner details written on half-title page as well. Dust jacket is price-clipped and with light edge wear and light toning, worn at the corners, and spine ends with short tears. Volume II has a water-droplet to the blue topstain and light softening to spine ends, in a price-clipped dust jacket with a tiny hold to the front panel, short tear to the top edge, and a small stain to the rear. A lovely set, both first printings and both signed directly.


Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a two-volume French cookbook written by American author Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle, both of France. Written for the American market, it was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1961 (Volume 1) and 1970 (Volume 2). Widely credited with bringing French cuisine into the American home, it has since become a standard in the culinary world. Originally, a third volume was planned but Child lost interest in the project as her television career took off and so Simone Beck published separately what would have been the third volume as Simca's Cuisine .

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume I & II
Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; Bertholle, Louisette
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Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
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First Edition
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