Three years ago, my husband came up with a great date night/birthday gift theme. He took me out to eat and then we went and saw the movie Julie/Julia. A cute movie about how one woman uses a plan to cook through Julia Child's cookbook and a blog to reinvigorate her life. It was a fun date, but what was neat was two days later for my family birthday party, two of the gifts I opened from my husband were Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" (which of course I had heard of) and this book...a hidden gem I didn't know until that day, existed...
Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a lifetime of Cooking.
If you only buy one new book for your kitchen this year; this should really be it.
Divided into 8 sections (Soups & Two Mother Sauces, Salads & their Dressings, Vegetables, Meats, Poultry & Fish, Egg Cookery, Breads, Crepes & Tarts, Cakes & Cookies, and Kitchen Equipment & Definitions) this little paperback book is a cornucopia of useful information.
Want to know the steps to a perfect saute? It's in there.
How to prepare a souffle dish? In there.
The best pan for the job? In there.
How to tell when something is done (and by something, I mean everything from different cuts of meat to cookies to breads)? In there.
How to butterfly? When to dredge? Perfect Pie Crust? How long to braise, boil, steam or bake? All in there.
This is a fabulous book full of useful techniques and cooking information.
It's also full of fabulous recipes, including main starter recipes for soups, sauces, bouillons,syrups and more.
Do you have a favorite cooking resource book? What is it?
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