Alfred A. Knopf will publish in October "The Way to Cook" by Julia Child, her first book in nine years, according to the publisher.
The 544-page book, with a price of $50, will be produced in a 91/4- by 107/8-inch format and will include more than 800 full-color photographs. Knopf is planning a first printing of 75,000 copies.The Book of the Month Club has selected "The Way to Cook" as a main selection, the first time in the Club's history that a cookbook has been chosen for its top offering.
"The natural choice for the first cookbook to be given the lead spot by the Club is a cookbook by Julia Child," said Lawrence Crutcher, Book of the Month Club president.
"With her incomparable grounding in French cooking and her disarming enthusiasm for new and sensible approaches to cooking and eating, she has, for three decades, been the most celebrated cook in America."
Judith Jones, Child's editor at Knopf, says the new cookbook is a blend of basic French techniques "with the marvelous new flair and inventiveness that is emerging in American cooking today."
Jones says "The Way to Cook" is "a clarion call for good sense in our approach to food, for delicious variety in our diet - and for a return to the pleasures of the table."
Child is the author of numerous books, including "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."