Mary & Julia

100_1560I looove old cookbooks!  I buy some, keep some, sell some — can’t get enough!  Over the past few years, I’ve sold at least a dozen copies of Julia Child’s classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, including a first edition and an edition of Volume II signed by Julia and her husband Paul.  Julia has been a consistent performer on eBay for years.  Depending on condition, Mastering the Art of French Cooking will usually sell for between $20 and $60.  The signed version fetched almost $100!   Until now…

Enter Meryl Streep and her starring role as Julia Child in this summer’s hit movie, Julie & Julia.   Mastering the Art of French Cooking is now selling for at least $100, with first editions and signed copies going for up to $900!!!!    That’s a lotta Boeuf Bourguignon!

Anyway, I searched through my entire stash of cookbooks (boxes!) and although I did not find another copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I did find another lovely cookbook by Julia entitled The French Chef Cookbook.  With over 400 pages, it is a complete collection of all the recipes demonstrated on her 1960s PBS television program.  Will it fetch $100? Probably not.  But it’s a great cookbook with most of the same recipes, and it will be available from BuenaVintage on eBay this Sunday, August 30.   It’s in excellent condition with the original dust jacket too.

I’ll also be listing this Sunday a very nice 1960s verion of Irma Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking, a very interesting Saudi Arabian cookbook (in English) and several other cookbook finds of the week.

Bon Appetit!

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  1. Hey Mary!

    This is great! I’m sorry that I hadn’t found your Blog E-mail sooner but it’s been a month or so since I checked anything on the Internet. . . . Your site’s interesting and very informative.
    Keep it up!

    Say hello to Steve.


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