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.



April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.