Simone "Simca" Beck was born in Normandy and studied at the Cordon Bleu, which Julia Child was attending when the two women met at a party. Together they wrote the landmark Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Beck traveled extensively in America and taught at James Beard's cooking school among others. She died in 1991.
"The last of the great personal cookbooks to come out of France." -New York Times Book Review "Simply and brilliantly done." -Vogue"A personal statement by a distinctive, original cook." -Washington Post"A memoir of glorious eating." -New York magazine "Classic recipes never go out of style. There is no fuss and no frills in Simca's Cuisine, only solid, tasty, reliable dishes that are just as good today as they were when first published." -Jacques Pepin, cookbook author, teacher, and PBS-TV cooking host