Featuring 524 delicious recipes and over 100 instructive illustrations to guide readers every step of the way, Mastering the Art of French Cooking offers something for everyone, from seasoned experts to beginners who love good food and long to reproduce the savory delights of French cuisine. Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle break down the classic foods of France into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of dishes--from historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. Throughout, the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations--bound to increase anyone's culinary repertoire. "Julia has slowly but surely altered our way of thinking about food. She has taken the fear out of the term 'haute cuisine.' She has increased gastronomic awareness a thousandfold by stressing the importance of good foundation and technique, and she has elevated our consciousness to the refined pleasures of dining. --Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
- A wonderful tale of love, art and cuisine in Mont Saint-MichelFor the 130th anniversary of La M re Poulard, discover the incredible character of this leading figure in French cuisine. La M re Poulard has managed to promote a cuisine that is genuine and truly reflects the land, as well as this center of tourism and pilgrimage: Mont Saint-Michel The bay, the abbey, the village... these are symbols of the French heritage that attracts more than 2.5 million tourists each year. As well as its history, this book reveals some of the secrets of La M re Poulard, especially through its 88 recipes including: M re Poulard's fresh, ten-egg omelettes with shellfish from the bay, grilled sardines, white butter sauce with fresh ginger, little cream pots, and a pudding based on French toast with caramelized apples. A wonderful homage to a gourmet cuisine that perfectly symbolizes Mont Saint-Michel.