“ONE OF THOSE RARE BOOKS… A PLEASURE TO READ”: IN JULIA’S KITCHEN WITH MASTER CHEFS, INSCRIBED BY NANCY VERDE BARR AND SIGNED BY JULIA CHILD
CHILD, Julia. In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. Quarto, original tan and white laminated paper boards, original dust jacket. $1200.
First edition of this illustrated celebration of American cuisine, with recipes and insights from Julia Child and 26 master chefs, signed on the title page by Julia Child, and inscribed: "To Helen" and signed by Child's co-author Nancy Verde Barr.
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs is "special—one of those rare books packed with information that's a pleasure to read… It's as rare to capture a mood in a book as it is for a writer to be able to write the way he or she speaks. Look, for instance, at the notes from Julia to the cook about aspects of a chef's menu that caught her interest, whether it be sweetbreads (yes, you should try cooking them) or veal (she likes it pink and classic, not 'baby beef') or 'garlic lore and handling tips.' They ring with that authoritative, infinitely useful voice every American cook treasures…. What's more, In Julia's Kitchen gives you a warm, familial sense of being on the set and right there with Julia and her  guest cooks—a group of cooks from all over the country who really care about what they're doing and produce food that the home cook can cook, too" (Atlantic). Published in conjunction with the 1995 PBS special of the same name. Co-authored with Nancy Verde Barr, photographs by Micheal McLaughlin.
An about-fine signed and inscribed copy.