By Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle, and Julia Child
An unusually attractive and unblemished first printing of a book which served as many cooks' lifelong working companion.
Near fine in near fine jacket.
MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING
"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 American 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, if only "on occasion, " relegate those considerations to second place, and look first to her own pleasure, fine artistry, and sensual 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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