An unusually attractive and unblemished first printing of a book which served as many cooks' lifelong working companion.
Near fine in near fine jacket.
"Keep your knives sharp."
Famously directed to "the servantless American cook, " the three authors' masterwork tailored the purity of French tradition to the specific circumstances of the mid-century US woman. Their ideal reader is carefully imagined: middle-class, married, responsible alone for all household duties, the scope of her culinary world rigorously bounded by quotidian demands to prioritize "budgets, waistlines, children's schedules." But such a cook might also, if only "on occasion," relegate those considerations to second place, and look first to her own pleasure, fine artistry, and satisfaction.
Read more: Julia Child, My Life in France.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. 10'' x 7''. Original red and cream cloth. In original unclipped ($10.00) teal dust jacket. Red topstain. Teal endpapers. Typography, binding, and jacket design by Warren Chappell; illustrations by Sidonie Coryn. xv, , 684, xxii,  pages. Minor toning to boards. Jacket spine sunned; slight scuffing to spine extremities; faintest small stains to front panel. Topstain faded; small stains to rear endpaper.
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