Julia’s first cookbook, the groundbreaking Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was published in 1961, after nine years of researching, writing, recipe testing and editing with her co-authors Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. In the years that followed, Julia wrote numerous other cookbooks, including Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume II and The French Chef Cookbook, based on her successful public television show. She also co-authored a cookbook with friend and co-host Jaques Pépin and, along with her grandnephew Alex Prud’homme, wrote her memoir, My Life in France. In 2020, Knopf, Julia’s longtime publisher, released People Who Love to Eat are Always the Best People, a collection of Julia’s quotations.
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