Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 2

By Julia Child; Louisette Bertholle; Simone Beck
(Knopf Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780394721774, 648pp.)

Publication Date: September 12, 1983

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The sequel to the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Here, from Julia Child and Simone Beck, is the sequel to the cooking classic that has inspired a whole American generation to new standards of culinary taste and artistry. On the principle that “mastering any art is a continuing process,” they continued, during the years since the publication of the now-celebrated Volume One, to search out and sample new recipes among the classic dishes and regional specialties of France—cooking, conferring, tasting, revising, perfecting. Out of their discoveries they have made, for Volume Two, a brilliant selection of precisely those recipes that will not only add to the repertory but will, above all, bring the reader to a yet higher level of mastering the art of French cooking.
This second volume enables Americans, working with American ingredients, in American kitchens, to achieve those incomparable flavors and aromas that bring up a rush of memories—of lunch at a country inn in Provence, of an evening at a great Paris restaurant, of the essential cooking of France.
Among its many treasures:
• the first authentic, successful recipe ever devised for making real French bread—the long, crunchy, yeasty, golden loaf that is like no other bread in texture and flavor—with American all-purpose flour and in an American home oven;
• soups from the garden, chowders and bisques from the sea—including great fish stews from Provence, Normandy, and Burgundy;
• meats from country kitchens to haute cuisine, in master recipes that demonstrate the special art of French meat cookery;
• chickens poached (thirteen ways) and sauced;
• vegetables alluringly combined and restored to a place of honor on the menu;
• a lavish array of desserts, from the deceptively simple to the absolutely splendid.

But perhaps the most remarkable achievement of this volume is that it will make Americans actually more expert than their French contemporaries in two supreme areas of cookery: baking and charcuterie.
In France one can turn to the local bakery for fresh and expertly baked bread, or to neighborhood charcuterie for pâtés and terrines and sausages. Here, most of us have no choice but to create them for ourselves.
And in this book, thanks to the ingenuity and untiring experimentation of Mesdames Child and Beck, we are given instructions so clear, so carefully tested, that now any American cook can make specialties that have hitherto been obtainable only from France’s professional chefs and bakers.
With the publication of Volume Two, one can select from a whole new range of dishes, from the French bread to a salted goose, from peasant ragoûts to royal Napoleons. Each of the new master recipes is worked out, step by infallible step, with the detail, exactness, and clarity that are the soul of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. And the many drawings—five times as many as in Volume One—are demonstrations in themselves, making the already clear instructions doubly clear.
More than a million American families now own Volume One. For them and, in fact, for all who would master the art of French cooking, Julia Child and Simone Beck open up new worlds of expertise and good eating. Bon appétit!




About the Author
The unflappable Julia Child brought the intricacies of French cuisine to American home cooks through her television series and books. "Baking with Julia" is a testament to her know-how and teaching tradition. She died on Aug. 12, 2004 just two days before her 92nd birthday.



Julia Child, a native of California and a Smith College graduate; Simone Beck, French-born and -educated; and Louisette Bertholle, half French and half American, educated in both countries, represented an even blending of the two backgrounds and were singularly equipped to write about French cooking for Americans. Mrs. Child studied at Paris's famous "Cordon Bleu," and all three authors worked under various distinguished French chefs. In 1951 they started their own cooking school in Paris, "L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes," at the same time that this book was taking shape. After that, Madame Beck published two cookbooks, "Simca's Cuisine" in 1972 and" New Menus from Simca's Cuisine" in 1979, and she continued to teach cooking in France. Madame Bertholle also had several cookery books published. Shortly after the appearance of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in 1961, Julia Child began appearing in the public television series "The French Chef," which aired for many years all over the United States, and in 1978 the program "Julia Child & Company" was launched, followed the next year by "Julia Child & More Company," In 1968 recipes from her early programs, many of which were drawn from this book, were published in "The French Chef Cookbook,"
In 1975 "From Julia Child's Kitchen "was published, followed in 1978 and 1979 by "Julia Child & Company" and "Julia Child & More Company," based on those programs. Also based on television series were the two books--"Cooking with Master Chefs" and "In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs"--she wrote in the mid-1990s, as well as "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home," with Jacques Pepin, in 1999. "The Way to Cook," her magnum opus, was published in1989, and in 2000 she gave us "Julia's Kitchen Wisdom," a distillation of her years of cooking experience.
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