An afternoon with Judith and Julia

Julia Child's letters about "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," now on display at the Ransom Center, give us an inkling of why she became America's best-known cook. (Hint: It wasn't the cookbook.)

“We think you’ve got it.”

With those words, Julia Child signed off on her masterpiece.

“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” had been in the works for more than a decade, and for months, she’d been corresponding with Knopf editor Judith Jones over the final edits, inclu…

This post is for paid subscribers