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Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime… (2000)

by Julia Child, David Nussbaum (Author)

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If you only read one Julia Child cookbook, read this one. It's sort of the Cliff Notes version of Mastering the Art... for very busy people. Julia entertains as always. Her one approach method can make even a novice feel at home in the kitchen. ( )
  readit2 | Jan 28, 2010 |
Though I have much of this information in other books and sources, it is appealing and well designed for use in the kitchen.
I would get it for first-time cooks.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375411518, Hardcover)

What would you give to see the notes Julia Child keeps in her handwritten loose-leaf kitchen reference guide? Your wish is granted! This clever little volume was inspired by Child's notebook, compiled from her own "trials, remedies, and errors."

Organized by large category and technique, it's a very handy reference guide for anyone reasonably comfortable in the kitchen. Each section contains a master recipe followed by variations. The emphasis is on technique, so if you occasionally find yourself trying to remember at what temperature to best roast a duck, the best way to cook green beans and keep them green, or how to save your hollandaise, then this is the book for you. And what good is a reference guide without an index? As always, Child comes to our rescue with a fantastic, comprehensive index, 19 pages long for 107 pages of text, so we can find the answers to life's burning questions in a flash.

Part of what makes Julia Child such an icon is that she can describe a complicated dish, and in the next breath convince us to make it. Classic Chocolate Mousse, Sabayon, Scalloped Potatoes Savoyarde, and Butterflied Leg of Lamb sound manageable when they follow recipes for Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Scrambled Eggs. And with Child's help, they are. "Quick, snappy answers" for both basic and complicated cooking questions make this a work we'll never outgrow. And if Julia can use a cheat sheet, so can we! Fans of Child will love that her personality shows through in comments like, "Don't crowd the pan... or you'll be sorry," and, to introduce her Basic Vinaigrette Dressing, "I use the proportions of a very dry martini." Eight pages of photos taken by her husband, Paul, including one of Child with the famous dancing goose, make this even more of a treasure.

If there is anyone qualified to offer kitchen wisdom, it must be Julia Child. After a lifetime of cooking and teaching, her knowledge is a perfect gift for fans, novices, or anyone responsible for putting dinner on the table every night. --Leora Y. Bloom

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Provides basic recipes for soups, sauces, salads, dressings, vegetables, main dishes, eggs, and baked goods, along with variations and tips on kitchen techniques for each type of dish.

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