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The 14-Book Judith Jones Reading List

Eminent food writer and cookbook editor Judith Jones, who, as an editorial assistant picked Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl out of a reject pile, passed away this week at the age of 93. Jones has been credited for expanding Americans’ culinary curiosities as an editor — she oversaw Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and Marcella Hazan’s The Classic Italian Cookbook, among others — and if you’re looking to familiarize yourself with titles she edited and authored, here’s a place to start.

The place to begin — Jones’s autobiography, released in 2008, documents her beginnings in New York, move to Paris after college (where she fished Anne Frank out of the slush pile), and career as a cookbook editor after returning to New York.

An actually useful cultural artifact, Jones co-authored this 800-recipe collection of hunting- and game-themed recipes.

Written with her husband Evan Jones, a definitive how-to book on baking bread.

Another breadmaking book from Judith and Evan, this one for kids and parents to bake together.

Judith and her husband Evan co-authored this heavy hitter of a book (nearly 700 pages), chock-full of recipes like cold salmon mousse, chicken breasts in Champagne sauce, and rabbit cacciatore.

After Evan’s death in 1996, Jones began cooking meals for one, first out of necessity, then out of pleasure. She wrote this book extolling the activity in 2009.

Love Me, Feed Me

The final book Jones authored, Love Me, Feed Me, is Jones’s love letter to cooking meals for your pet.

Perhaps Jones’s greatest claim to fame, the original book of French recipes that launched Julia Child as a household name.

Many consider this book that introduced the average American home cook to Italian cuisine — Hazan’s book includes over 250 recipes for potato gnocchi, classic tomato sauce, and risotto.

PBS institution Lidia Bastianich was one of Jones’s authors — she wrote this primer on Italian cuisine with recipes for risotto alla Milanese, tagliatelle with mushroom sauce, and beet ravioli.

Originally published in 1972 (and updated in 2000), Roden outlines recipes from Iran, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and North Africa in this seminal volume.

Edna Lewis’s simple style — country ham, sweet potatoes, field green salads — resonated with Jones and Alice Waters alike.

Irene Kuo’s book introduced legions of American cooks to the Chinese concepts of pot-sticking and stir-frying.

A longtime collaborator of Jones’s, Pépin’s book collects his greatest hits — more than 700 tested recipes from a lifetime of French cooking.

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The 14-Book Judith Jones Reading List