Mastering the Art of French Cooking is certainly having a great run thanks to the film "Julie & Julia." Will the best-seller bring about a revival of French cooking, or will the books ultimately languish on the bookshelves of home cooks?
Who knows. But, if sales do result in a sole meunière stimulus of sorts, budding French chefs may also want to get their hands on Ginette Mathiot’s I Know How to Cook ("Je Sais Cuisiner"), due out this October for the first time in an English translation. The New York Times' Julia Moskin recently referenced the book as a "bold and authoritative cookbook for French housewives first published in 1932, continuously revised, and often described as the French 'Joy of Cooking.'"
The cookbook even comes with its own bloggish connections: Press materials indicate that "the recipes have been carefully updated to suit modern readers and their kitchens" by none other than French food blogger Clotilde Dusoulier. Pre-order for $29.70 (with free shipping [not bad considering it's 1000+ pages) at amazon.com.