Mastering The Art of French Cooking [Volume One, First Printing]. Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck, Sidonie Coryn.

Mastering The Art of French Cooking [Volume One, First Printing]

Very Good / Very Good. Item #5602

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. First Edition stated on copyright page with note about authors dated August 1961. Quarto. xv, 684pp, +xxxii index. Black and white illustrations throughout. Illustrated dust jacket with original "$10.00" price present. Fleur de lis patterned white cloth-covered boards with red topstain and blue endpapers.

The stories of the book and Julia Child are well documented, but less is known of the illustrator, Sidonie Coryn. Coryn was working on fashion design and layout in New York when she was asked to illustrate Mastering the Art, and eventually produced over 450 illustrations for the two volumes. While she never was a foodie (she wanted to be in the studio), her drawings helped a generation of Americans learn to cook, which is all the more remarkable as they were based on black and white photos Paul Child would send her from Norway.

Coryn said Julia Child wasn't her buddy, but "she was courteous and had a commanding presence." Asked about seeing the film Julie and Julia when it came out in 2009, she said she didn't intend to, but if someone asked her to go, she would to be polite [Aguilar, Chicago Tribune, September 11, 2009.]

Dust jacket is heavily chipped and soiled throughout, but intact and colors are unfaded. Boards are also soiled and spine is faded. Binding is sound, text block is stained and delightfully splattered, and interior is clean and unmarked. A clearly well used copy.

Price: $600.00