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Mar 21, 2013 08:26 PM

Is Julia Child's "The Way to Cook" accessible for a beginner?

I adore watching Julia Child on TV and was considering purchasing "The Way to Cook." I'm a beginning cook and while it's supposed to teach the foundation of cooking, some reviews say it's not really a beginners book. Is this true? My library doesn't have it and the last bookstore I went to didn't either, so I can't peruse it. What do you all think?

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  1. A very revered CH taught herself to cook using that book.

    1. I think it is a very good book for a beginning cook. Julia give clear instructions and the recipes are very good. Unless someone is a complete stranger to a kitchen and does not know how to boil water, it should be a really good foundation book.

      1. I think it is a great book for that purpose, but I'd take it out of the library and work with it to see for yourself.

        1. You can ask your library to get it from another library.

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            1. re: ChiliDude

              And even more appropriate, given that the OP's a librarian, yes?

              1. re: ellabee

                I am a librarian. Our ILL budget (mailing costs) has been cut, so that's why I was putting off doing that.

                1. re: kdlalib

                  I bet that's true in libraries across the country, with all the cuts. {sigh}

                  1. re: ellabee

                    Unfortunately it is. A library about an hour from me laid off their entire staff in December. The library in our capital has to close 2 weeks a year to meet their budget. It's a sad situation.

                    1. re: kdlalib

                      OT but our little library system in Oregon closed for TWO YEARS and is now being operated by one and a half paid staff and the rest volunteers. ILL went away YEARS ago.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        Isn't it sad?! Our library has been slightly protected because our revenue is derived from property taxes. However, as a town department, we compete with public works, the water dept, and the police. They're cutting our budget AGAIN this year. If it's a choice between the library's desires and that of public works and the police, we'll always lose.

          1. It's an excellent book!