Julia Child 1912-2004
Yes, I've seen the movie and I loved it. Meryl Streep really got Child, and Amy Goodman was, as always, a delight. Then the other night I accidentally watched PBS, and there was the real Julia, patting a chicken with butter, preparatory to roasting said bird. Then she carved the bird. Ah, I remember watching her, and how I learned to make souffles from Volume I. Volume II is mostly unstained, but Volume I has pages that stick together. Julia Child made me a cook.
So these are the volumes I have, but jeepers, I did not pay $295. Probably more like $20 total, which was a lot of money, when I bought them, just after dinosaurs roamed the earth...
And really, Volume I is the one to have.