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Forget Dickens, Twain and Steinbeck. Humble cookbooks are highly collectible. A window on bygone times long before microwaves and TV dinners, these historic books offer dishes, ingredients and styles of cooking that have been forgotten.
Julia Child (1912-2004) can be thanked for introducing French cuisine to America - the land of hot dogs and apple pie - during the 1960s. Aside from her most famous creation, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Child wrote more than a dozen cookbooks. Mastering the Art of French Cooking was first published in 1961 and her TV career began two years later.
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Even with so many varieties of cookbooks, the vast majority fall out-of-print within a few years of being published. Putting aside culinary juggernauts such as The Joy of Cooking and The Moosewood Cookbook, cookbooks have a very short shelf life in mainstream bookstores. However, the Internet and the world’s second-hand booksellers have ensured these out-of-print cookery books can be found and purchased in seconds.
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