French Cooking

French flavor in big and small packages.



Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Deluxe Limited Edition

By Julia Child


While it would eventually inspire the book and movie Julie and Julia and become a bestseller a half-century after its original publication, Mastering the Art of French Cooking created its enduring legacy by feeding the culinary aspirations of generations of American cooks. In the process, it helped to make Julia Child a household name. This complete, limited, deluxe edition presents more than 700 recipes in two clothbound volumes.



When French Women Cook:
A Gastronomic Memoir

By Madeleine Kamman


A welcome reissue of a classic: in this marvelous book, Madeleine Kamman celebrates the women (from her greatgrandmother Marie-Charlotte to Magaly Fabre, matriarch of a wine domain) from whom she received, and with whom she has shared, the blessing of her culinary vocation. Paceked with recipes and affectionate recollections.



Larousse Gastronomique


Larousse Gastronomique is a thousand-page monument to French cuisine, an encyclopedia of culture filled with definitions, history, recipes, and pictures. You can look for hours for all the dishes you ate in Paris, and be delighted by everything you stumble across on the way.




French Cooking in 10 Minutes

By Edouard de Pomiane


Published in France in 1930, Pomiane's ten-minute cookbook began its life well before the advent of frozen food and microwave, and still retains its appeal for those who view discriminating dining as the appropriate punctuation for the daily round. While they retain a period savor, Pomiane's prescriptions are quite charming, with dozens of dishes to delight plate and palate. (It makes a lovely gift, too.)



Simple French Food 

By Richard Olney


Foodies in the know treasure the kitchen wisdom and tasteful erudition of Richard Olney's books on French cuisine, and this one is the best place to start. You'll even learn more than you thought there was to know about how to make perfect scrambled eggs, and be very glad you did.



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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.