10 Books That Changed the Way We Eat

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child

Published: 1961
Buy It Here: amazon.com
Why It Mattered: Brought French cooking into American kitchens

Most people aren’t capable gourmet cooking. That’s the pervasive myth Julia Child dismissed with her first cook book, encouraging amateur chefs, particularly in America, to attempt French cuisine in their own kitchens. Her recipes were both practical and sophisticated, and her effortless instruction made classic French food accessible to the average American family. But, her most impressive feat? Convincing Americans that vegetables, if cooked properly, actually taste good.

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