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.



July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).