The Way to Cook

by Julia Child

Hardcover, 1989




Knopf (1989), Edition: 1, 528 pages


In her most creative and instructive cookbook, Julia Child distills a lifetime of cooking into 800 recipes emphasizing lightness, freshness, and simplicity. Chapters are structured around master recipes, followed by innumerable variations that are easily made once the basics are understood. For example, make Julia's simple but impeccably prepared sauté of chicken, and before long you're easily whipping up Chicken with Mushrooms and Cream, Chicken Provençale, Chicken Pipérade, or Chicken Marengo. Or master her perfect broiled butterflied chicken, and you'll soon be including Deviled Rabbit or Split Cornish Game Hens Broiled with Cheese on your menu. Here home cooks will find a treasure trove of poultry and fish recipes, as well as a vast array of fresh vegetables prepared in new ways, along with bread doughs and delicious indulgences, such as Caramel Apple Mountain or a Queen of Sheba Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Leaves. And if you want to know how a finished dish should look or how to angle your knife or to fashion a pretty rosette on a cake, there are more than 600 color photographs to entice and instruct you along the way. A brilliant, inspiring, one-of-a-kind, book from the incomparable Julia Child, The Way to Cook is a testament to the satisfactions of good home cooking.… (more)

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LibraryThing member DawnFinley
This is the kind of cookbook you can actually just read. The photographs are beautiful, plentiful, and helpful. And the book works in the old-fashioned way most hotly marketed cookbooks today don't; you get a master recipe, and then several variations on the theme, or ways to use the master recipe as a part of other dishes. Some of the more elaborate items I haven't had the courage to try (like dripping hot sugar over a broomstick to decorate my yule log). There are a lot of short articles on subjects of all kinds (like the physiological consequences of eating plenty of beans), full of Julia's humor and pragmatism. This gorgeous book will probably be of most use to more experienced cooks with plenty of time and kitchen space. But anyone can learn a great deal about how food works, and you can adapt the size or scale of the recipes to suit your own taste. Comprehensive and lush.… (more)
LibraryThing member Willowdancer
Of all my cookbooks this is my favorite.
LibraryThing member lauralee08
This was my first cookbook, and still my favorite. Julia Child taught me everything I needed to know about cooking. I cooked my first Thanksgiving straight out of this book, and had a great time learning how to do it right.
LibraryThing member siubhank
This was my treat to myself about eight Christmases ago. I love to cook (and, unfortunately to eat my own cooking ) and I was throwing a dinner party for six of our closest friends. I wanted to really blow their sock off, some of them are certified chefs, so that isn't easy. Anyway, this cookbook is wonderful, not only do you get recipes, you get tips on how to alter recipes. I've gone through close to a third of the recipes and referred to this book when I've run into difficulty at the stove. If you ever watched Julia Child on TV you know how she talked and worked, the book is absolutely the same. She even takes pot-shots at other cooks and cooking fads.… (more)



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