Julia Child, Mastering The Art of French Cooking, & My Kitchen Disasters

This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!
— Julia Child

Mastering The Art of French Cooking was one of my first cookbook purchases years ago when I started to love food and cooking. I knew it was an essential for anyone who loved cookbooks and wanted to dive deeper into technique. I also ADORE French food, particularly BUTTER and MUSTARD. Who wouldn't though?? Today I tried making pastry dough in an effort to satisfy my craving for a veggie pot pie.


Julia writes, "A good French pastry crust is tender, crunchy, and buttery. " Ultimately, my crust turned out not-so-crunchy and pretty sad and deflated. Tender and buttery though, I NAILED. Add to my ongoing list of recipes/technique I need to work on! For me, recipe failures are never really that....they are lessons that help you grow as a cook and help you get to know your kitchen and your technique. I quite enjoy these "fails" not only because I always have fun with food, but also because I know it will only get better with practice. I do definitely recommend purchasing this cookbook, which you can find almost anywhere, as a staple for your cookbook collection. I also recommend first having wine and watching Julia and Julia, the cutest movie about this legendary woman!

Leah Cabardo