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Annotated Reference Guide to Collectible Books

Child, Julia

Julia Carolyn Child once said, “find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” These are words she lived by with her interest in French Cuisine. Julia Child took her passion for cooking and turned it into a career. Her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking was followed by successful television programs and ever more cookbooks.

In 1962 Child appeared on a book review television show which led to her first cooking show. The French Chef debuted on television in 1963 and was an immediate success. The show ran for ten years and was followed by her second book, The French Chef Cookbook, which featured recipes she had demonstrated on the program. In 1971 Child released Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two in collaboration with Simone Beck, who had also collaborated on the first book.

Child quickly became an icon who was revered by women across America. She was authentic and approachable and women loved her show. Child passed away in 2004 but her kitchen lives on at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. A first edition of this American icon’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking signed by Child has an estimated value of about $1,000. If you would like a Julia Child recipe book for your collection without spending a fortune, consider signed editions of some of her other books, such as signed, later edition of Child’s Menu Cookbook, which can be found for as low as $175.

Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; Bertholle, Simone. Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1961). Two volumes. Illustrated by black and white drawings of Sidone Coryn. Includes a colour illustration of Gigot Roti.

Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; Bertholle, Simone. Mastering the art of French Cooking. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1964).

Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; Bertholle, Simone. Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1966).

Child, Julia. The French Chef Cookbook. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1968). Illustrated by Paul Child.

Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; Bertholle, Simone. Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1970). Two volumes. Illustrated with many drawings by Sidonye Coryn and Paul Child.

Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; Bertholle, Simone. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 2. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1970).

Child, Julia; Beck, Simone; Bertholle, Simone. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 2. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1971).

Child, Julia. From Julia Child's Kitchen. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1975). Illustrated by Paul Child ; Photographs by Albie Walton

Child, Julia; Yntema, E. S.; Scherer, James. Julia Child and Company. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1978).

Child, Julia. The Way to Cook. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1989). Food Designer, Rosemary Menell; Photographs by Brian Leatert and Jim Scherer. Includes 600 colour photographs.

Child, Julia. Cooking With Master Chefs. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1993).

Child, Julia; Greenspan, Dorie. Baking With Julia. William Morrow and Company, New York (1996). Based On the PBS Series Hosted by Julia Child.

Child, Julia; Fitch, Noel Riley. Appetite for Life. Doubleday, New York (1997). The Biography of Julia Child.

Child, Julia. Julia's Casual Dinners. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1999).

Child, Julia; Pepin, Jacques. Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1999). Illustrated with colour photographs by Christopher

Child, Julia; Pepin, Jacques; Nussbaum, David. Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. Alfred A. Knopf, Westminister (1999).

Child, Julia; Nussbaum, David. Julia's Kitchen Wisdom. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (2000). Essential Techniques and Recipes from a lifetime of Cooking

Child, Julia; Nussbaum, David. Julia's Kitchen Wisdom. Alfred A. Knopf, Westminister (2000). Essential Techniques and Recipes from a lifetime of Cooking