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The Way To Cook by Julia Child

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Notes about this book

  • jdepaula on August 09, 2010

    So many wonderful recipes here. If I want to try a new recipe for guests, this book is the one I go for. It's one of my faves.

  • SilverSage on March 07, 2010

    Covers the basics beautifully.

  • gcottraux on January 29, 2010

    I like the format of multiple short lessons that build upon and refer to each other.

  • phomchick on January 15, 2010

    The best all-around cookbook every written. Indispensable, if you are interested in learning how to cook with technique.

  • Cramnella on January 14, 2010

    This was the first cookbook that taught me how to cook.

  • Nancy Levy on December 31, 2009

    Good Basic Reference Book

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • All-purpose Mediterranean soup base

    • Lindacakes on January 17, 2016

      Excellent soup, very simple, easy to make. Requires fish stock.

  • Chocolate soufflé

    • Avocet on October 23, 2016

      We found this too sweet even using semisweet chocolate instead of the called for sweet chocolate.

  • Braised salmon in aromatic white butter sauce

    • vickster on September 01, 2012

      I had a nice piece of King Salmon and my husband wanted a cream sauce. I was going to do something quick, but then looked to Julia Child. By no means a complicated recipe, but braising the fish with the chopped, sautéed vegetables in white wine and then using the braising liquid to make a cream sauce made for quite a gourmet, restaurant quality dish.

  • Curried shrimp with mushrooms

    • stef on October 21, 2015

      A very quick delicious recipe. No white wine used 1/3 cup vermouth instead

  • Sautéed chicken pipérade

    • Joan on August 26, 2010

      A good meal to do ahead and freeze. Nice company dish,

  • Turkey wing ragout

    • wodtke on December 05, 2016

      Though I revere Julia Child's memory, this is a very strange recipe. For one thing, she doesn't give a target weight for the wings, saying "six to nine" for 6 servings. Obviously, she had small wings in mind; mine were apparently cut from 20 lb turkeys left over from thanksgiving, and each would serve 1 1/2 people, at least. Thus, 40 minutes braising was far from enough; I used a Thermapen to check the temp to decide when to take them out of the oven, which ended up being 70 minutes. Most importantly, there is no way 2 cups of beans works for 4+ cups of liquid; you end up with a lake of liquid and an occasional bean here and there. Won't make again.

  • Old-fashioned brown gravy

    • clcorbi on November 27, 2016

      Used this recipe for Thanksgiving and it worked nicely. However, the roux was so thick following these proportions that there was no way it could come to a boil as instructed. Even so, the gravy thickened beautifully and we all really liked the wine flavor.

  • Savory sausage and crouton stuffing

    • djkubica on December 03, 2010

      very very good. I added additional stock and cooked it covered in foil then removed foil for last 15 minutes for a light crisp crust

  • Sautéed ham steaks simmered in wine

    • mfto on December 10, 2010

      p. 206 - this is very simple, easy, and tasty.

  • Roast tenderloin of beef

    • mfto on December 10, 2010

      p. 222 - We serve this tenderloin for Christmas dinner every year. We follow these directions and it always comes out perfectly for us.

  • Split pea soup

    • featherbooks on January 10, 2010

      One of the best split pea soups I've made. Ended up using a qt of canned chicken broth to supplement my ham bone broth but it was worth it.

  • Zinfandel of beef

    • stef on October 30, 2016

      The sauce was nice and rich. Used stew beef and it fell apart, didnt take long to put together but was in oven for 3hrs. Would make again

  • Green tapénade

    • lorloff on July 07, 2013

      Really great recipe. Used 4 cloves garlic a handful of parsley including the stems and a bit of anchovy extract. It was a great success.

  • Duchess potatoes

    • stef on February 06, 2017

      These came out so good. Browned nicely on the outside, creamy on the inside

  • Scalloped potatoes savoyarde

    • clcorbi on December 10, 2016

      Made for book club--this was an easy dish to assemble ahead of time which was a plus! I caramelized the onions, sliced the potatoes, and assembled the layers two days out. Then the day before, I added the stock and baked the potatoes. At book club I simply reheated and they were perfect and maintained their crisp top layer. I used cheddar cheese rather than swiss, and instead of mixing dried herbs in with the stock, I sautéed fresh sage and rosemary with the potatoes as they caramelized. The result was delicious, just simple, perfect comfort food. I came home with a little less than a serving left so I know they were a hit!

  • Coleslaw

    • amoule on June 29, 2013

      I made this with the caraway seed option rather than cumin seed. I didn't have celery seed and substituted 1 T minced fresh celery leaf in its place. My Fuji apple was large rather than small. Otherwise, I followed the recipe to the letter. I thought it was very good but was quite surprised at the rave reviews it got at a neighborhood block party. I was concerned that they would find the caraway flavor strange. Instead, they kept going back for more and asking for the recipe. Everyone kept telling me it was the best coleslaw they'd ever had. I would suggest using a large Fuji (sweet) apple. She calls for a small apple and doesn't say whether it's supposed to be sweet or sour. i think the sweet apple is the reason everyone liked it so much.

  • French vanilla custard ice cream

    • GregandDiana on January 21, 2017

      Totally baffled! I own this book and this recipe is not in it.

    • stockholm28 on January 21, 2017

      It is on page 403 as a pastry cream variation. This book has a terrible index.

  • The gougères

    • notalice on December 12, 2010

      this is a must make for my yearly Christmas dinner.

  • Cold pumpkin soufflé

    • amoule on November 22, 2014

      The ingredient list here is partly wrong; it calls for 3/4 cup of ginger marmalade, not ordinary citrus marmalade. It also calls for 6 eggs and 1.25 cups milk which are not listed here.

  • The Cambridge cake

    • Couture911 on September 19, 2010

      One of the best cakes I've ever eaten.

  • French butter-cream filling and frosting

    • Couture911 on September 19, 2010

      This was the recipe that taught me to make a real buttercream. Candy thermometer required.

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Reviews about Recipes in this Book

  • Salade niçoise

    • Noshing With the Nolands

      It would make a perfect brunch salad with some fresh French bread and a lovely glass of chardonnay. Perfection!!

      Full review
    • Baked by Rachel

      Last week’s recipe called for bacon. I had plenty leftover so I figured it was meant to be. Hopefully Julia wouldn’t have minded this one bit,,,

      Full review
  • Coq au vin

    • Noshing With the Nolands

      Julia was a master at all these techniques and again if you follow her recipe you will have a gorgeous meal!! We sure did!!! It was fabulous!!

      Full review
    • Baked by Rachel

      You’ll need a good portion of a bottle of wine for the recipe. So, if you’re planning on drinking more than a glass or two plan on getting two bottles. It never hurts to have extra on hand.

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  • ISBN 10 0394532643
  • ISBN 13 9780394532646
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 01 1989
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
  • Imprint Alfred A. Knopf

Publishers Text

Julia Child's masterpiece teaches the essentials by demonstration from and for a lifetime of good cooking.


As Suzanne Hamlin wrote in the Daily News, Nobody doesn't need this book. It's Julia at her grandest, her most ebullient, her most accomplished. Wiser, more relaxed and more opinionated than ever, America's whisk-whirling mentor has given us a new Joy of Cooking - classic techniques approached with freewheeling style, accompanied by a fusillade of side notes and color photos. If you cooked everything in this book - soups to cookies - you'd be proud, learned, maybe healthy and certainly happy. What we don't know, Julia does. Don't let a child leave home without it.



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