Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle is such a fun cookbook. The authors have done a fantastic job of breaking down challenging techniques into something that a novice chef would have no trouble handling. I also found that some of the illustrations were so helpful in clarifying a technique and just giving more guidance than the written instructions. What was really interesting to read was the Chefs’ suggestions on purchasing vegetables and other food from grocery stores. This is such a nice addition for someone who is truly just beginning to cook and for those already proficient. It amazed me how much this cookbook sounded like Julia Child. It was so easy to envision her cooking show with all of the joys and troubles she went through. French cooking seems like such a daunting undertaking, but once you begin using this cookbook you find that anyone can be a French cook.