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Mastering the Art of French Cooking sells for $1,250

mastering-the-art-of-french-cookingEarlier this month AbeBooks sold the two-volume first edition set of Mastering the Art of French Cooking for $1,250. Big deal, I hear you say. Well, Mastering the Art of French Cooking is Julia Child’s most famous book. It was published in 1961 (volume one) and 1970 (volume two), and Child is once more going to re-enter the limelight thanks to the movie Julie & Julia.

Child had signed the second volume of the set sold we sold. Both volumes came with dust jackets. First editions of these famous cookbooks are rare as they have been hammered in countless kitchens.

Julie & Julia is a blog that became a book and now has become a film. In 2002, Julie Powell began blogging about her attempts to cook the 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook and that’s about it. A blog/book/movie about cooking French food.

My favourite French dish is cassoulet, which is, of course, featured in Child’s legendary cookbook.

Actually, AbeBooks has sold another very expensive cookbook this month. A first edition of Hilda’s “Where is it?” Of Recipes from 1891 sold for $1,600. The author is Hildagonda J Duckitt and it is one of the original African cookbooks. It reflects the colonial cuisines of the Boer, Dutch, British, Malaysian and Indian cultures that could be found in Africa at that time.

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