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Old 01-27-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Choosing between Julia and Martha

If I were to choose between Julia Child's The Way to Cook and Martha Stewart's Cooking School, which one would be more valuable in rounding out my cooking skills? I don't yet have any book by these authors. I hope some of you are familiar with these books.

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Old 01-27-2009, 06:33 AM   #2
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no question, Julia! She is the ultimate cooking teacher. and "the Way to Cook" is the best basic book out there, imho.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:05 AM   #3
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I do not own either of these books -- If I were to buy one there is no doubt in my mind which one it would be ---- The Way To Cook - Julia Child.

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:15 AM   #4
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Julia, no question!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:04 AM   #5
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Chopstix, looking at your post it must be Julia!

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Old 01-27-2009, 08:48 AM   #6
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Julia is the real deal. Martha is TV fluff.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:48 AM   #7
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Julia for me.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:41 AM   #8
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I own both of these books & Julia Child's "The Way To Cook" is my hands down favorite. My copy is falling apart I've used it so often, & her "Steam Roasted Goose with Port Wine Gravy" has been our traditional Xmas dinner since the day the book first came out. What's particularly nice about it is that it will first give a basic "master" recipe, & then follow that with several building-block variations to turn that one recipe into several completely different meals. Lots of room for easy experimentation & lots of fun without sacrificing traditional concepts.

Martha's book is nice (I was gifted with a copy for Xmas), but just isn't in the same league as Julia's. In addition, you have to be careful with Martha's cookbooks (I have nearly all of them), as the recipes don't always cook true & you have to always be at the ready to make adjustments. (And this isn't only my opinion - it's been a well-known fact for years re: her books.)

Don't get me wrong - both books are nice. But as far as good basic traditional knowledge & foolproof recipes & methods, I'd DEFINITELY choose Julia & save Martha's tome for another time.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:53 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:23 PM   #10
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I took a gander at Martha's book and it seemed a little heavy on the attitude (like her other books).
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