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Old 01-27-2009, 01:26 PM   #11
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IMHO you can learn something from every single cookbook out there! The best way to decide it to glance through both - - see which one suits you better. Sometimes it's simply in the layout of the book that makes things easier to understand and comprehend. See who has the best fundamental recipes. When I think of fundamentals my "go to" seems to end up Julia, also. I think that's the way our brains work. She was our teacher back when we were just learning and has been embedded in our minds as the go to person.
I'll go with that. Everytime I bought a book without skimming through it, I didn't really like it.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:30 PM   #12
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Julia all the way. martha is not anywhere close to Julia.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:32 PM   #13
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:03 PM   #14
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I have nothing against Martha and I love her decorating books. But I definitely use my Julia Child cookbooks at least weekly whereas I don't find Martha's cookbooks quite as user-friendly.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:37 PM   #15
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I have read both and before you buy check your library. Most libraries have Julia's cookbook. I just took it out again recently and think it's a better classic TEACHING text. That means she uses terms like master recipe. These are the basic recipes you learn in cooking school and that build technique. Those recipes are a good foundation if you want to learn good technique and see how those branch out into multiple recipes. I think that book gives you more for your money - if you truly look at it as a teaching manual.

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Old 01-27-2009, 04:46 PM   #16
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I have read both and before you buy check your library. Most libraries have Julia's cookbook. I just took it out again recently and think it's a better classic TEACHING text. That means she uses terms like master recipe. These are the basic recipes you learn in cooking school and that build technique. Those recipes are a good foundation if you want to learn good technique and see how those branch out into multiple recipes. I think that book gives you more for your money - if you truly look at it as a teaching manual.

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imho, even if you just look at it for the great, well-tested recipes that always work.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:11 PM   #17
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imho, even if you just look at it for the great, well-tested recipes that always work.
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Where is "Metro New York"?

I'm in Manhattan, so storage space is an issue - even in a large Pre-war apt. I love cookbooks but rarely use them for recipes - I use them as reference materials.

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Old 01-27-2009, 06:29 PM   #18
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Wow. Lots of replies, almost unanimous too. Come to think of it, Julia was 100% into cooking while Martha is into a lot of things. This makes Julia more of the authority on cooking then. The comments on integrity of Julia's recipes is very important to me so it's definitely Julia then.

I watch Martha's shows when I can catch them but I've never seen Julia's shows. They never aired in my part of the world. And this is why I coudn't decide between the 2 books.

My next question is, if I were to choose between 2 of Julia's books, The Art of Mastering French Cooking, and The Way to Cook, which one should I get? Thanks for all the replies!
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That's easy - JULIA! She taught me how to cook when I was 12 yrs old on PBS.
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My next question is, if I were to choose between 2 of Julia's books, The Art of Mastering French Cooking, and The Way to Cook, which one should I get?
Julia is decidedly French trained - so in both books you'll see the classical nature of French techniques, but I think that The Way to Cook is just a really well done, easy to read and invaluable reference book for all levels of cooks with and without chef training.

As I said, I recently took it out of the library again, which isn't a big deal since I live around the corner from my local branch. I find it's a book that holds up no matter how long you've cooked or baked. But don't buy it for the recipes - buy it for the education!!! Once you've mastered the techniques - you'll just "know" the recipes you want to create!!

Enjoy the journey.

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