Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Two-Volume Box Set {giveaway}

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 2 cookbook box set, Julia Child

I have a lot of cookbooks to review and giveaway. I didn’t get around to giving them away last year, but there’s nothing like the reality of having to move out to force you to get rid of things…

Some of the cookbooks I received from the publishers or the authors, and some I bought myself.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child falls into the latter category, a two-volume set for which I shelled out my own money because it is a classic that every cook, novice to pro, should have, or at the very least, flip through once.

The cookbook has no photos, just a handful of sketches to illustrate techniques. The recipes are written in a half-narrative that is sometimes difficult to understand, different from today’s ingredients-listed-in-order-of-appearance/numbered directions format.

But there is something about the whole experience of reading through recipes of foods that are mostly unfamiliar (at least, they were to me), trying to cook them without the regular hand-holding in modern cookbooks, step-by-step photos, and of course, the glamour shot of the final product, and enjoying the (mostly) successful final products that force you to be as fearless in the kitchen as Julia Child herself.

I owe a lot to Mastering the Art of French Cooking because in a somewhat roundabout way, it is one of the reasons why I started The Delicious Life. Way back, like nine years ago way back, when The Delicious Life was not yet a twinkie in my thigh, I read The Julie/Julia Project, a blog (then book, then movie) based entirely on author Julie Powell’s tackling every single recipe in the cookbook. I wasn’t necessarily motivated to cook anything, but that blog first, then the “OG” food blogs that came in the few years after, inspired me to try blogging myself.

Eight years later, I am still posting away on my blog and in a strange completion of the Circle of (the delicious) Life, there was a children’s book titled Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child published last year (not related to me in any way). I am openly, publicly hoping that this is a sign that The Delicious Life (my blog) will one day, finally, spawn a real book.

I have my own copy of this cookbook, so I am giving away this set.

How to Enter Mastering the Art of French Cooking Giveaway

This is a blog-comment giveaway.

  1. Leave a comment on this post with a food that you are somewhat afraid to cook.
  2. Make it obvious how I can reach you (your email when you sign-in to comment is fine, no one else can see it, but I can, or facebook or twitter) so I can contact you if you are selected!
  3. Share this giveaway post with your friends on facebook and twitter! (not required, but hey, sharing is positive, and I could use all the positive energy I can get right now)

You have until Friday, February 22 at 5PM PST. Everyone is welcome to comment to enter, but I can only ship this set of cookbooks within the U.S. for no other reason than it is heavy and expensive to ship. (If you’re outside the US and win, you just need to provide me with a US mailing address to send!)

Good luck!

p.s. The two most terrifying things for me to make are 1) yeast-risen bread and 2) anything that is alive right before I cook it, which could technically include number 1, but really refers to most non-fish seafood. Like lobster. Yikes. And yes, the recipe for Lobster Thermidor is in this cookbook. I will probably never attempt it on my own.

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1 Knorthway February 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

I have always been afraid of cooking meat in general. Cuts, cooking times, dryness, seasoning don’t come naturally to me. I often skip roasts, steaks and other big meat dishes out of fear Ill screw it up! – Twitter @knorthway

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2 La Petite Gigi February 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

One time, I left a live lobster on ice, because I couldn’t bring myself to toss it in the pot. I’m not really sure what happened to it. I hope it found its way back to the sea.

Besides that, I’m afraid to attempt macarons. I love looking at them and certainly love eating them, I’m just terrified that I will fail miserably if I even dare make them.

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3 Jill S. February 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

I’m afraid of soufflé! So much pressure! (and yeah, lobsters and ducks, too). Every guest has to be seated and waiting, no room for error. But if anyone could calm my frothy foamy fears, it’s Julia. Love!

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4 Host The Toast February 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

Most of the things that I’ve been afraid to cook, I’ve recently been trying to force myself to try. However, lobster remains to be tackled. I’m not too good with deep-frying, either. Perhaps it would be easier if I actually owned a deep-fryer, but that is a dangerous path for a girl with a love of food to go down…

I love that you’re giving away Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking! I keep telling myself that I need to go out and buy it, but I still haven’t.

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5 kim February 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

i’m afraid to cook with yeast! i don’t know why. the smell and the culture just freaks me out. i need to muster up the nerve to get over it!

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6 Matthew Kaner February 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

I have always been afraid to cook brains/sessos at my house. it means you need to house them in your home before cooking them…organ meats are always a surprise to open your refrigerator to. matthewjkaner@gmail.com

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7 donan February 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

Such a great giveaway!

I’m afraid to cook with seafood, specifically shellfish because I have no idea how to clean it!

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8 Diana February 19, 2013 at 11:57 am

I’ve been conquering my big fears one by one this past year. Making my own sausage is up next. I’m afraid it won’t be the right consistency and will be a gross mess inside a sausage casing (which I also don’t look forward to handling).

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9 Cassy February 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I am totally terrified of making okonomiyaki.

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10 disqus_6zoUCb8cjJ February 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I’m terrified of making French Macarons. They’re my absolute favorite sweets to eat. They’re a symphony of techniques and ingredients that I’m afraid to tackle. I bought a special kit to make them that I haven’t touched because the recipe was so intense. If only I could concur my fears of these tiny tricky treats. Sharonephillips1@gmail.com

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11 Ysolt February 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Believe it or not…meatloaf. All the meatloafs (meatloaves?) of my childhood were tasteless, except in the center where they were _raw_, and we had to pretend that was okay. My husband has good memories of his mother’s version but she didn’t leave behind a recipe, so I’m at a loss.

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12 mel February 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

totally afraid to cook duck. i would have no idea what to do with it, how to prepare it, how to cut it, etc.

twitter: @helloitsmel

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13 Stephanie February 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I am near fearless and will try to cook almost anything I’m given half a chance at. HOWEVER I absolutely cannot do pie crusts for the life of me and I’m not sure why. That is where my bit of fear lies. Why oh why can’t I make a good flaky pie crust? :(

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14 Ysolt February 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Blast, didn’t put my e-mail in.
runviolarun@gmail.com

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15 Sara @ The Little Bite February 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I grew up not eating pork or beef and now have no idea how to cook them! I know i would end up over cooking them and there’s no saving it at that point!

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16 Alexandra Rose February 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Scallops and Bread…not together per say, but they’re both terrifying. I love scallops, but I have this irrational fear that mine will turn out like little rubber discs, and I’ll have just ruined the most delicious thing the sea ever spit out. Bread also…too dense, too crumby, not set, not risen, so many things can go wrong. I’d love to master cooking it, but for now I’ve just mastered eating it…. AKML21@yahoo.com

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17 Lea February 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I’m afraid to cook fish and meat – of any kind. I mean I get how minced meat works and all, you put it in a pot and that’s basically all, but any kind of steak, filet, rib, younameit – I have no idea how to do that!
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18 ando February 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

i am afraid of cooking shellfish, i almost never cook it. it has to be precise and if shellfish cooks too much, they all get rubbery and its all useless when its like that.

andrew.lazo@live.com

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19 KittyB February 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

The one thing I am afraid to cook is foie gras. It’s one of those things are are so tasty when someone else cooks it, yet I fear I would ruin it which would bring me to tears.

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20 Carolina February 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I’m scared of overcooking….steak. hahaha

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21 Jill McOwen February 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I’m afraid to cook a live lobster. I’ve never been in the presence of one cooking, but I’ve always heard they scream in the pot. Also, I’m land-locked in Ohio, so cooking any sort of seafood scares me a bit. If I feel the need to eat fish, I usually opt to order out.

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22 Jax February 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Artichokes…are my demon. Stringy, mushy or too lemony…WHAT?

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23 Angela February 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I am afraid of making souffle.

I am afraid to cook anything that’s not fried rice or instant ramen since that’s all I know.

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24 Kelly (runningblonde.com) February 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I am terrified of macarons. I bought almond flour, pinned recipes, watched videos about it but just can’t get myself to pull the trigger!

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25 Andrew Heggen February 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Crepes. I’ve had a couple of people say they really aren’t that difficult, but I’ve seen too many/read too many things about how temperamental they are and how easily they go wrong.

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26 Michelle February 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

french macaroons!

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27 Elliott February 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I am deathly afraid to make applesauce. I am beyond deathly afraid of applesauce even being near me. I will get up from a table if it is on it. I can hardly even think about applesauce. In fact, I must stop now. twitter: fforfood

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28 Margaretha February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

French Macarons! …….

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29 ClarissaBing February 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I’m afraid of cooking tamales. I’m certain they won’t turn out as delicious as my grandma’s so why bother even trying?

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30 Rachel February 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I’m afraid of cooking mussels and clams. I don’t particularly like them myself (it’s a texture thing) so it makes cooking them even worse.

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31 Catie February 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I am terrified of cooking risotto!

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32 sara February 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

coq au vin!

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33 therobert February 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

offal… (but i love sweetbreads) tw: @eiserloh

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34 lisabc February 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I am afraid to try and cook octopus. I love it but have a bit of an “ick” felling about handling the full tentacles.

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35 liz February 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I’m afraid to try cooking whole fish (but I want to!) and most kinds of meat in general…I try, but am always gripped with fear: will it be raw? will it be leather? will it be ruined?

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36 Gina February 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Scallops. I can’t get them right so I stopped bothering >.<

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37 Sarah February 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

FISH! I know it’s so easy, but I didn’t grow up in a house that eat fish and now I’ve never sure the best kind to buy and how to prepare it.

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38 natalie @ wee eats February 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

any seafood at all

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39 CrunchyCreamySw February 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Shrimp… Yes, I know… Embarrassing…

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40 Theresa February 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Anything fried! I psych myself out with images of grease fires, burns, and boiling oil.

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41 Tori February 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Meringue… I know they’re supposed to be simple, but I’m convinced my temperamental oven will scorch them!

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42 Jenn February 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I don’t really like to cook shellfish at home – not only do I not know how to prepare it but I’m afraid I would overcook it. Overcooked seafood is the worst!

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43 Alyson Boyd February 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Oh my goodness so many things! I tend to be more of a baker than cook, so either a pastry of some sort (they’re just so darn delicate), or go completely another direction and make a “regular” meal involved many hours over the stove with no sugar (but still lots of butter) in site.

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44 Sami February 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

fresh pasta and anything with gelatin in it

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45 Jessica Lee February 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Anything that requires kneading! I have a fear of over-kneading and coming out with a tough dough :*(

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46 averagebetty February 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I am somewhat afraid to cook live lobster. OK. Make that — I’m afraid to have a lobster homicide in my kitchen. But, oh… sweet, delicious lobster :)

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47 fromajolie February 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I’m fairly adventurous, though I’m nervous about tackling homemade tamales.

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48 Alicia February 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Rabbit. It just seems wrong..and what would my pet rabbit think?!

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49 cloverdew February 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I will cook or bake almost anything, but have never attempted a souffle. I would love to try that one day. Also, I’m reading My Life in France about Julia Child right now. It’s a wonderful book. If you haven’t read it, definitely pick it up!

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50 leighton February 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Sourdough and any butter sauce. I’m too impatient!

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51 Caroline February 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

The most terrifying for me is soufflé! I’ve got a handful of recipes for it, but I’ve never made one. My Mom always made them and they were delicious. But…she doesn’t let anything terrify her!

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52 Cody Slager February 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Tamales, my friend told me the traditional way of making the masa, and now im scared im gonna screw it up and insult his ancestors!

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53 Rishi Jain February 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I’m afraid to cook lobster; its an expensive seafood, and i’d be so upset if i messed it up.

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54 Lynn February 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I’m always afraid to make bread because I very little patience, and I can never get the darn thing to rise!

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55 Angela Lee February 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Breads! From temperatures, to air flow in the room, and over kneading. Breads are my most feared recipes, that I fall on the local bakeries (or grocery stores or pre-made) for my breads. I would love to learn an easy basic white bread recipe to conquer.

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56 Sarah February 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I would like to count myself is a pretty adept chef, but I am without a doubt scared of cooking rice. The few times I’ve done it I either cook it too long (even though I followed the time instructions), don’t cook it enough (kept open the lid and stirring) or straight up burn it (didn’t open the lid and stir it). Everyone tells me it is literally the EASIEST thing to cook in the world, but I just can get it right so now I NEVER EVER EVER cook rice.

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57 Sarah J. Gim February 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Sarah: hey, that’s my name, too!) i normally just read the comments, not respond, when doing giveaways because I don’t want anyone to think the final random drawing was in any way biased, but i have to respond bc this comment just made me laugh. the people who say it’s the easiest thing in the world to cook rice … are they maybe using rice cookers? because that’s what i do! :)

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58 erin February 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

i can make pretty much anything, but i’ve never tried live lobster and am terrified to. it scares the crap out of me…

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59 Sarah February 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I’m afraid to cook anything involving meat! (But as a vegetarian, I’m always looking for ways to turn meat-centric recipes into something a little more vegetarian-friendly :) )

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60 Monica February 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I am a good home cook and adventurous I’ve had stints working in kitchens and pastry shops but I have yet to conquer my fear of Cannelles and Madeleines. I cannot make a dang cookie from scratch to save my life, so I’ve convinced myself I could never master these french confections. I’d love to though because they are delicious and wonderful!

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61 Anne February 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I am also afraid of the alive-until-you-cook-it category, as well as the butcher-yourself-and-remove-bits category– I don’t think I could ever debone a raw chicken, for example. I am also a bit afraid to make macarons but I am determined to conquer that fear this year!

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62 Leila - The Milk Truck February 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

This sounds crazy….but FISH. I’ll just about any type of sushi, but for some reason I couldn’t stand the taste of cooked fish for the longest time (like…my whole life) until very recently. So now, despite being super adventurous in the kitchen, I’m TERRIFIED to cook this thing that I only just recently started enjoying!!! But maybe with Julia’s help, I can master it :)

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63 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) February 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Tough question! I think one of the things I’m afraid to make (even though I have) is homemade croissants–so tricky and difficult to perfect!

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64 Natasha H February 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I am always afraid to cook eggs. I love eating eggs, especially with runny yolks. I’m always scared I will over/under cook them, or have them break on me.

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65 Annie February 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm

For many a year, I have been terrified of fish. I don’t go in lakes, rivers, oceans, etc. and aquariums have been known to be panic-attack inducing. Recently I’ve decided to try and conquer this fear, and while I am not about to go for a swim in the Atlantic, I am ready to tackle the task of learning how to cook these scaly creatures. The idea of Julia Child walking me through the steps of Bouillabaisse or Sole Meuniere is rather comforting.

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66 Todd Borland February 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

One dish that I am sure Julia has made before is duck. I love crispy duck at restaurants, but I would be terrified to try it at home!!

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67 Scott D February 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Anything “bake-y”. I don’t like following measurements and the science required when baking always makes me itchy.

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68 AlexD February 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Macarons…three failed attempts so far. Obsessive!

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69 Diana February 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Any time of seafood is very scary for me to cook. It’s just unfortunate because I LOVE seafood in general.

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70 judy February 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

eggs benedict

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71 Judy February 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

why can’t i retract my comment? you said food, not a dish, so i’ll have to say “cake”- horrible at baking dessert

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72 Veronica February 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I’m afraid to make my own cheese — I’ve seen recipes and thought about it a lot, but I’m afraid that the time investment and all the equipment will end up in a big clumpy un-cheesy mess!

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73 gerryspeirs February 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I’m always super wary when cooking chicken, I had food poisoning once and attributed it to some sketchy chicken…it was gut wrenching!

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74 Jess February 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Cooking whole artichokes has always intimidated me, so I’ve never even tried. I love Julia Child and just put this set on my Amazon wish list!

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75 AnnaZed February 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I am a really good cook, really! Yet for some reason cooking a steak puts the fear of God into me. I have messed up more than one in my life with inedible results.

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76 Becky February 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I’m most afraid of cooking fish, definitely!

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77 Emily Grace February 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Definitely most afraid of cooking lobster! Yikes!

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78 Guest February 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I am terrified to cook a whole chicken! After a couple years, I finally got the hang of cooking boneless skinless breasts…but I know the flavor doesn’t compare! I just look at the plump little chickens in the store and get overwhelmed!

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79 Flynn February 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

A rack of lamb

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80 Marie February 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I’m afraid of having to do anything involving frying! I seriously hate the smell of frying oil, first, and second… well, I’m pretty sure I could somehow end up frying myself up by the time I finish one recipe like that.

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81 maggie February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I think it would be duck.

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82 milena February 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I’m afraid to make curd… always afraid it will smell or taste eggy, yucks!

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83 Frances February 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I bet this cookbook could help me with boeuf bourguignon!

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84 Emma February 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Caramel. I can never ever get caramel (or anything else that needs a candy thermometer for that matter) right and now it gives me anxiety if a recipe calls for it. I avoid making caramel like the plague.

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85 Michael Wascher February 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Skate, it just never comes out right.

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86 Rebecca Schaefer February 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I’m afraid to try baking macarons. They are so temperamental, but I need to just try it!

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87 Tee February 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

cooking offals

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88 Lis February 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Anything I’ve never made with my mom – she made dinner every single night growing up and taught me a TON, but if she hasn’t made it, I’m terrified!

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89 Rachael February 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

poached eggs!

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90 Amanda Robins February 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I have never successfully prepared crème brûlée. It always comes out too rubbery, watery, or curdled/scrambled.

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91 Libby Parker February 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I am always nervous to bake bread. I know it’s a basic skill to have but I’m nervous about yeast and rising and kneading and basically all of the things. But I want to face my fears.

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92 Alana Folsom February 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Gnocchi! Eek!

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93 Aimee Conrad-Hill February 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Croissants and cooking a live lobster (it seems so cruel!).

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94 Jacqueline February 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I am from the Duck capital of the USA- terrified to cook it, but would love to master it!

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95 Janna Hull February 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Any type of pate or terrine. I find them delicious, but I’m terrified of the process.

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96 Molly McBride February 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Canning and pickling make me nervous. Does that count? BOTULISM. EEK.

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97 James Wardlaw-Bailey February 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

My secret fear is anything that requires dipping in chocolate. I know enough about tempering chocolate to know that I fail miserably at it.

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98 Amy Mills February 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I’m scared to cook anything that’s deep-fried. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant, because I know overcoming that one fear could lead me to the world of doughnuts, fried chicken, french fries, and a whole other plethora of southern italian street food, but I just can’t do it! One day…

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99 EricH. February 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Oh this is an easy one of life’s easy questions…charcuterie scares the bejesus out of me!! But I so want to cure my own pancetta…alas chills when I think about it…

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100 Rachel Wong February 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I am terrified of cooking live lobsters…

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101 melissa February 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

i am terrified of making croissants. the outcome is dependent on technique and all that butter!

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102 Lostsoul Helpmejebus February 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

In cooking, I do not really have a fear of making anything. Baking, now that is a whole other subject; that is something that requires much more precision. Making my own homemade phyllo or puff pastry would certainly be a challenge for moi. ;-)

Oh, I tweeted, pinned and shared your giveaway on Facebook.

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103 Bernice February 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I’m a little afraid of making pasta carbonara. Last time I tried, I ended up with scrambled egg spaghetti!

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104 Meryl February 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I’m afraid to cook lamb.

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105 Louis February 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Any kind of baked goods.

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106 Tammy February 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Afraid to make osso bucco.

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107 Paige February 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

creme brulee and macarons

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108 Annette February 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Beef Wellington

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109 Betty February 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Crabs and Lobsters because you have to cook them live…

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110 Anh Nguyen February 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Cream puffs. I’m afraid I will end up with a bunch of heavy, not tasty puffs, and will have to eat them all myself.

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111 Allison Lange February 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

anything with yeast

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112 Divya Prakash February 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

French macrons. I am yet to succeed making it..

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113 Dorothy Willemsma Anguish February 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Fresh fish. I’ve never done it, my mom never did, either. It’s not so much that I’m afraid (maybe a little) but I don’t even know how to start!

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114 Tina February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Speaking of Julia…….. that beef aspic stuff….. and pretty much anything I decided to cook when my in-laws are coming for dinner! haha

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115 Gina Topley February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I am completely terrified of yeast and scared to bake bread or anything calling for it!

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116 Loretta E February 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Seafood of any kind!

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117 Julie February 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I’m soooo afraid of cooking fish. Had a bad experience and found a worm once: now it’s the only thing I think of when cooking (and eating!) some.

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118 Mary February 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm

The most terrifying thing for me to make…meat, I’m a vegan! So far I’m single so it works, but someday when I have to cook for a family I hope they like veggies as much as me!

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119 Kathy - Panini Happy February 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I’m still a little afraid to try out my kitchen torch. :-)

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120 Adina Segal February 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

For me, it’s souffle; and to be candid that is the only recipe I avoid like the plague. I’m not sure if it’s because they are delicate or hyped to be that way, but with all of the pressure of whether or not it will fall I have never brought myself to make one.

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121 Tommie Ann Sutton February 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Honestly I’m a little bit afraid of potatoes. In any dish, in some way or other it’s either over cooked or undercooked. Even my mashed potatoes aren’t very good, and I’ve tried so many times I just get my boyfriend to make potatoes now. I can make anything else! Honestly! I made Julia’s Boeuf Bourguinon and it was spectacular and I’ve made delicious challah bread, anything under the sun except for potatoes.

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122 Amelia February 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Escargot. I’ve heard that when you cook them, all this foamy mucous starts coming out of them.

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123 Cathy February 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I am afraid to make Julia’s Boeuf Bourguinon. My chef sister has mastered it, and so has my brother. It still intimidates me.

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124 zl15bowling February 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Any part of an animal that actually resembles something on the animal, e.g., feet, ears, tail, etc.

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125 Hannah Pandolph February 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I really want to make Coq au Vin, but I am afraid. It’s one of those dishes that I’ve built up in my head so much that now I’m completely intimidated.

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126 Sarah J. Gim February 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hannah! You should really make Coq au Vin! It sounds fancy because it’s french, but it’s just STEW! even *i’ve* been able to successfully make Coq au Vin!

http://www.thedeliciouslife.com/coq-au-vin-recipe-eternal-sunshine-if-you-dont-mind/

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127 Nicole February 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Live shellfish, especially crab and lobster. It’s too much hassle to kill and prepare.

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128 Rebecca February 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Mussels. They are my husband’s favorite and I would so like to make them for him.

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129 Natalie February 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I’m terrified of making souffle!

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130 Olive February 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Mousse. I tried once, failed miserably, and have been too humiliated to try again!

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131 Lauren February 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Brioche… or any yeasted bread for that matter…

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132 Yi February 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Roasted duck

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133 HRM February 19, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I have two food making phobias, deep frying I always burn myself and canning I’m afraid of exploding jars!

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134 Kathy February 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Croissants or any pastry that involves a ton of layers

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135 Sarah Nichols February 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I’m afraid to cook whole fish. I don’t know how to deal with their innards! But I always dream of fresh, steamed fish.

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136 Flavia February 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Popovers! i’ve tried a zillion recipes and failled miserably in each and every one of them!! Is the universe trying to tell me something??

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137 CW February 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I am afraid of cooking a whole fish… fillets- fine, but the whole body of a fish freaks me right out.

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138 Donna Currie February 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I’m a teeny bit afraid of souffles because of the timing issues. Guest better be ready when the souffle is.

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139 Danielle February 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I’m afraid to cook anything fried. The hot oil freaks me out.

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140 Lauren February 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I’m very afraid of deep frying! All the hot oil makes me nervous!

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141 Allison Kidd February 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Cheesecake! I’ve always managed to do something silly (like not put it in a water bath) and mess it up. Now I feel like I’m cursed even though I can back just about anything else.

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142 Qinyi February 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Afraid of making bread! :(

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143 Klove February 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Roast Turkey. I have tried it once before for Thanksgiving and although the color on the outside was perfect it looked like a massacre one we cut into it. Imagine being surrounded by 20 people al giving you that ‘Ahww honey’ look. So embarrassing.

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144 liz February 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Handmade pasta. They always make it look so easy!

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145 Tayler February 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Anything with hot oil–I burned my finger while deep frying a few weeks ago.

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146 Dru February 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

fried chicken, and soufflés,

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147 Allan February 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Roasted suckling pig…

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148 Lynn February 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Raw fish sushi since I worry about food poisoning.

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149 Reana Naviva February 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Any recipe that calls for deep frying. Hot oil and I don’t mix :(

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150 The Cook February 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Fresh pasta is intimidating. It sounds too simple to be truly easy – like it’s a trick! Nevermind doing that and then using it to make, say, ravioli!

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151 Kathleen February 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Oh goodness, there are too many….but I will just go with soufflé!!

Kathleen

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152 tk February 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

anything with a deep fryer. i’m afraid of the hot oil and the mess.

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153 Kathie February 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Honestly, any type of meat! I can’t get over the dead flesh ick factor, and the possibility of eating it raw if I undercook it. Made being a vegetarian so much easier.

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154 Grace Ovaltine Huang February 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I am afraid to make macaroons because I have failed terribly at them

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155 Diana Clifford- Owens February 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I am terribly afraid of anything requiring yeast. Some day I will master it though. I am determined. :)

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156 tracie February 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I don’t know of anyone who was as afraid to cook any type of meat like
pork, beef, or chicken but as I was when I was younger. I thought that
if I cooked something it would turn out terrible, so I was paralyzed and
afraid to try at all. This was very hard to overcome and produced many
embarrassing and painful situations in my life.

Even now I’m
somewhat afraid to cook any meat. A lot of it has to do with the fear of
criticism. I don’t want to displease my potential hungry diners so I
have done the worst thing of all – which is to not serve anything at
all. Cooking any type of meat has been a huge issue for me over the
years.

cooking meat is what am really afraid to cook.

email: tralynhuf@yahoo.com

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157 marlies February 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I’m afraid of gnocchi…it never comes out pillowy for me!

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158 Verna Mirta February 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Im really afraid to cook seafood..so fast sometime i have no time to taste some lil bit.,..they already over cook n taste like a tire..

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159 Marlana February 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I am afraid to cook whole lobster, It might just be the claws and the fact that they are still alive (even though most seafood is), but the whole idea of cooking a lobster scares me.

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160 Jeremy Pepper February 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I’m frightened by souffles; I think it’s the horror stories about them falling.

It also didn’t help that as a child, I’d purposely scream when my Mom was making one to try to make it fall, but it never happened.

Oh, and if you get any Kosher cookbooks, I’ll take them off your hands. :)

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161 Jan February 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Macarons. They terrify me!

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162 Rebekah February 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I’m afraid to cook a whole chicken or turkey! Or anything for a holiday meal for family. Or for other people in general.

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163 Ryan L February 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I am afraid to cook anything my mother or grandmother ever made. Mostly because it’ll never be made with the same feeling and bravado. But also the off chance I might make it better.

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164 Caroline Robinson February 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I’m terrified of boiling crawfish. I’m from New Orleans and recently went to a crawfish boil at my boyfriend’s parent’s house. I held some of the crawfish in the 30 pound bag before they went into the boiler with the rest of the seasoning and sides and the squeal of the crawfish hitting the boiling water was intense. I love to eat crawfish, but I don’t know if I can ever watch them be boiled alive again.

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165 Caroline Mok February 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I’m afraid of making law bok gow or Chinese turnip cake. Why? Because I know how much work my mother would put into it to make it as delicious as she did and I’m afraid that if I try to make it, it’ll be so awful that I’ll be deterred from ever making it a second time. But then again, if at first you don’t succeed just try and try again.

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166 Diana February 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I’m a bit scared of cooking delicate foods that I can’t slice into. Like thick cuts of meats where I don’t have a thermometer to check the doneness, or delicate fish I’m trying to serve, and keep pretty. ><

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167 Ali Teoh February 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Anything deep-fried. I love cooking (and eating!) Chinese dim sum, but I’m terrified of deep-frying as I always imagine painful burns and fiery explosions. Eventually, I’m sure I’ll face my fear and wonder what all the fuss was about…

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168 amy February 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I’m terrified of pie crust — the 3 times i’ve tried it before holes form and it never fits the pan, shrinking away as i bake it….sadness.

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169 Carrie February 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I am afraid to make Croquembouche because I am sure I will burn the sugar & myself.

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170 Jessica N February 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

ANY MEAT! I recently moved out (a little over a year!) from home and reading about all the safety precautions you should take when cooking meat absolutely scares me. I’ve been attempting it more, with more forgiving cooking methods…,slow cooker anyone?

It’s not so bad because it gives me an excuse to eat mostly vegetarian cooked home meals, which I love but sometimes I just want to try to make some of my mom’s recipes…it would be too disappointing if I mucked it up though, especially with some homesick cravings coming on.

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171 rsg February 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

The only dish that intimidates me is prime rib. I love it, but with the price tag it carries, I’m afraid to try making it at home.

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172 Monica Seth Christensen February 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I am afraid to cook pot roast. Seriously EVERY time it doesn’t turn out tough, I follow all the tips and reviews on recipes and it’s always a no go. Maybe Julia knows the secret….

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173 James Dominguez February 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

Sushi. I wonder if I have the eye to purchase sushi grade seafood.

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174 Maple February 20, 2013 at 12:38 am

Souffle!! Climax part is to camp in front of the oven and see my souffle rising through oven door!! And, took out without my pretty souffle sinking!!

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175 Kimberly February 20, 2013 at 12:47 am

I’m afraid to try anything with lamb. It’s so expensive that ruining a recipe means wasting a lot of money. Guess I’ll have to wait until I’m done with grad school school and all of my loans are paid back… in about 25 years.

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176 Rachel February 20, 2013 at 3:48 am

Lobster. My husband & son love it, but I refuse to bring it into the house. Mainly because I’m terrified it’ll crawl out of the pot and come after me.

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177 Amanda Koons February 20, 2013 at 4:44 am

I am SO INTIMIDATED by french macarons. I made them once to horrible results (the only time i’ve declared a recipe a total failure), then tried again armed with advice from at least 20 blogs. They were a success, but only a moderate one. I have been hesitant to try again because I know how easy it was to fail the first time.

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178 gerhatzedek February 20, 2013 at 4:46 am

Croissants. The technique seems so intricate and time-consuming that I have trouble finding the motivation to even get started. I’m scared all that work will turn into crescent-shaped hockey pucks.

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179 Summer February 20, 2013 at 4:52 am

Hmmm, duck. Because I feel like you have to get it just right or it’s ruined. And yes, lobster!

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180 Alessandra February 20, 2013 at 4:56 am

For me, uhm…yeast&fried…like donuts or krapfens…however you call them, I don’t like them! Well, I love eat them but I don’t like do them!

The second one? Rice sushi! A disaster everytime..

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181 Julia February 20, 2013 at 4:56 am

White Rice. Seriously, why does it keep burning? Why do I suck at measuring two ingredients and turning down heat? It’s downright embarrassing when I’m actually pretty good at making Paella.

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182 Laurel Russell February 20, 2013 at 4:59 am

Fish with bones. Actually anything with bones kinda freaks me out but not as much as fish!

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183 sandals February 20, 2013 at 5:02 am

chou pastry: It seems intimidating. do not want curdled eggs in my food..

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184 matty.b. February 20, 2013 at 5:25 am

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”-Julia Child.
This is my approach to cooking. Sometime the things I try come out amazing, and some time they end up in the trash, but, that does not stop me from taking notes and trying again!

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185 Laura February 20, 2013 at 5:40 am

Croissants. Haven’t had the balls yet, but I’m sure this gorgeous set of cookbooks could help me with that. Thanks for the giveaway, Sarah!

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186 Chip n Jennie February 20, 2013 at 5:41 am

Love homemade bread, but scared to make sourdough. Taking care of the starter is intimidating.

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187 Daniel Smith February 20, 2013 at 5:46 am

I’ ve had several disasters with puff pastry from scratch.

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188 Sabela February 20, 2013 at 5:47 am

Macaron, I have seen so many posts and people talking about how difficult it is to make them and that they are perfect. I have tried them and eventhough they are little they are amaizingly tasty. I want to be able to make them, but i’m afraid of a catastrphe!

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189 Jess February 20, 2013 at 5:48 am

Gnocchi. I’ve tried a dozen recipes, and they all turn out like little lead balls instead of fluffy pillows of deliciousness. After many inedible dinners, I’ve given up!

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190 Konnie Smith February 20, 2013 at 6:08 am

Lamb, too OCD I guess…

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191 TheGirl February 20, 2013 at 6:13 am

I am afraid to cook lobster, even if it’s already dead.

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192 TomG February 20, 2013 at 7:38 am

I don’t fear food preparation. I find it sort of exciting and thrilling. Failure is one of the most important things to endure when it comes to culinary and baking. How else are we going to learn? :) You learn more from a fall then you do from a step. I would say one of the more intimidating things for me is one of the simplest. PANCAKES. I can make a souffle or a bowl of gourmet mushroom rissotto but my pancakes always flop ): i SHALL MASTER THEM SOMEDAY THOUGH!

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193 Jo February 20, 2013 at 7:42 am

Layer cakes always turn out lopsided or look funny….not like I think they should

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194 Eugenia Lee February 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

I’m afraid to make creme brulee! Somehow the consistency has to be perfect and I haven’t really done it to that ‘perfection’. I would loveee to master it one day! The books look awesome :)

Eugenia

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195 Joanne February 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

Croissants. Two failures and a lot of butter wasted. Alot of densely unedible baked dough

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196 Dani February 20, 2013 at 8:01 am

boeuf bourguignon!! I’ve always been scared of it but it’s a Julia Child classic.

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197 DavidC February 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

I’m willing to try cooking most things, but recipes where you cook something down to dryness/near-dryness, like risotto, are things I haven’t got into, no doubt in part because of former flatmates burning things onto the bottom of my pans doing this sort of thing!

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198 Therese Schirmer February 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

Whole fish. Squeamish about the non-filet parts, and it just LOOKS hard to do.

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199 Yooly February 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

I do a lot of baking and Croissants and puff pastry scares me to death!

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200 becca leigh February 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

Pretty much anything that involves whole animals. Last year I lived at a bed and breakfast in southwest France while I was an English teacher, and the master of our kitchen, Micka, was the most incredible cook I have ever met. I really should have taken better notes. He was fearless! I developed a habit of always drinking afternoon tea or wine just so that I would have an excuse to sit at the kitchen counter while he was preparing dinner or making bread or something. With his help, I became a fearless eater, but I am still working on becoming a fearless cook.

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201 Stacey Evans February 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

I’m terrified of making liver, any kind of liver. I absolutely love chicken livers, I will eat them out or have someone make them for me. I can’t look at the slimy looking things though! I really hope you pick me for the GIVEAWAY, I’m new to this blogging thing since last May and I collect cookbooks, however I don’t have these two. Thanks for reading and hopefully you will pick me. Thanks, Stacey Evans Emptynesttwoplatesfull.com

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202 Morgan Michelle February 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

Poaching an egg. For some reason the whole hot water, swirling procedure is so freighting to me! But they are delicious and the only reason that I started eating eggs!

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203 sarahtheresa February 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

I am new to cooking red meat and I always over cook or under cook. I need to learn to trust my instinct and I’m pretty good around the kitchen otherwise but I shy away from red meat even though I would really enjoy it every once in a while!

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204 Stacy February 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

Prime Rib – always nervous to overbook it.

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205 ProgressiveGrae February 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

I really have no fears of food to cook. But, if I have to choose, it would be soufle. Mine always fall. Always.

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206 JJ February 20, 2013 at 9:19 am

pie crust – scary!

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207 Katie Walden February 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

I am mostly afraid of pies. But I made a pie for Valentine’s day so I’m making head way! Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

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208 Lori February 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

I would LOVE to try and cook beef borgenblahblah, see why I need to win these cookbooks! Love Julia Child, she was such a pioneer for the home cooking wanna be’s like me!

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209 Tovan February 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

I’m terrified of working with chocolate. The tempering process, the potential mess, the clean-up scares the heck out of me.

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210 Janelle Jensen February 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

Anything with a head still attached: fish, poultry, pork, etc…

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211 CobyG February 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

The scariest thing for me is anything involving a candy thermometer! I really want to master the art of real candy making, but all that boiling hot sugar makes me nervous!

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212 Anna Chancy February 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

I’m afraid to cook any whole bird like chicken, turkey, or duck. I’m afraid I’ll either undercook or overcook it.

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213 Amanda February 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

There’s two…anything that requires yeast (breads, rolls, etc.) because I somehow always kill the yeast, and French Macarons because they are so delicate and I’m afraid there won’t be “feet” and come out hard versus delicate and chewy.

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214 Jillian Switzer February 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

Souffle! Mine always collapses. :(

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215 Kimani February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

Souffle!

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216 suki February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

I’d want to get over my fear of hot surfaces first. It’s not the actual item being cooked, but the fact that I’m over an open flame or having to stick my hand in a hot oven… :/

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217 Lia Farel February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

oysters or clams…..I only eat them out, but I wish I wasn’t afraid of preparing at home.

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218 Kathy Henderson February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

I’m afraid of cooking fish.

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219 chelleryyy February 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

Beef Wellington! There are so many complex steps and so much time that goes into the preparation! Soooo many places things can go wrong. Oh, if done right though, it’s Godly.

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220 caffeineffiend February 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

things that stare back at me, especially if they’re alive!
i would be Julie in Julie/Julia in the lobster scene.. :]

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221 Kari February 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

I’m absolutely afraid of cooking bacon. I can make a soufflé, an entire thanksgiving dinner, or an all day vietnamese pho, but bacon scares me. I always end up burning it or not cooking it enough. I’m also terrified of the hot grease that always seems to pop up and land on my forearms. Something tragic always happens, so I leave bacon duty to my non-cooking husband!

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222 ChgoSam February 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

I’ve always been afraid of the sushi making process. Not sure if the fish i pick will make me sick or not.

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223 HarlemLoveBirds February 20, 2013 at 9:32 am

Ooooh that’s a good one about cooking anything alive! I’m nervous about pie dough. Everytime I try I get it wrong and I get anxious so I think that makes me mess up.

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224 Sarah February 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

macarons!

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225 Kim Raymond February 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

For some reason, I am really interested in cooking my own salumi and charcuterie but I’m still afraid to start the project. I know (by currently reading My life in France) that there is a chapter about terrines and pâtés in the second volume of the book, so it will be a good start!

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226 Zoe Kingson February 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

I’m afraid to cook shrimp. I don’t know why, but they totally intimidate me.

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227 Sharon February 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

French croissants scare me the most! I’d like to try it though, one day.

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228 Heather Jackson February 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

I avoid cooking things that involve candy thermometers. I don’t know why, but I’m always afraid if ruining them if the temp isn’t spot on!

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229 Shannon gallatin February 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

I am afraid to make Seafood. I have such a hard time with any kind. It doesn’t matter. I have tried just about everything and can’t seem to get It to come out at all.

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230 Lizzie February 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

I’m afraid of cooking steaks! As a girl who was a vegetarian for nearly 13 years I recently returned to meat and I never seem to get them right!

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231 Willow February 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

I’m afraid of cooking a lot of things that are probably in that book – like beef borguignon, and other traditional dishes that I feel I’m not as familiar with as I should be. There are so many classic dishes that I worry I will massacre and turn into something not at all like what they were first intended to be… I would love to know how it *should* be done!

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232 Mary Dirlam February 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

thanks for a fantastic giveaway! I’m terrified of merengue. I’ve had a couple of epic fails and now I’m scared to death of the stuff!

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233 Alex February 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

Cooking fish is hard for me. Also, I seem to burn my cookies all the time.

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234 Jennifer Buggica February 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

Before I scrounge for pennies in my sofa, I figured I would try my chances here first. I feel like my cooking adventures will never be complete, ever, but especially without laying my hands on these beautiful books. Fingers crossed for myself! My email is Jensfood@yahoo.com and I am ironically afraid of a Julia Child recipe, Boeuf Bourguignon.

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235 Jessica M. February 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

I don’t have a lot of problems with traditional “tricky” items…and I love to try new things! I’ve certainly messed up some stuff though…like lamb. I don’t know what went wrong, but it wasn’t good. So I’ve been reluctant to do that again. I love lamb but I don’t want to ruin it for myself, ha. Oh, and sometimes I’m “afraid” to cook or bake things that are best fresh…I kind of obsess over the time thing, and prefer to bake ahead, and don’t want to serve anything stale or deflated. Oh, and I’d probably have a problem with frog…just wanted to throw that in there.

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236 Shatha Tha Tha February 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

I am terrified at the idea of cooking Kharoof Mahshee — stuffed lamb, a traditional Jordanian dish my mom makes. You cook the whole freakin’ lamb! Delicious but… I have yet to gather the courage to try making it.

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237 Makin' Whoopie Kitchen February 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

chocolate really kicks my a$$. i’ve been trying to work through it, and have had some successful attempts recently. the lingering memories of chocolate melting disasters still makes me weary!

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238 Andrew February 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

I think that risotto is on my most feared list. A few failed attempts and enough bad risotto at “high end” restaurants makes me think it’s impossible to perfect

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239 mrw1osi February 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

Anything deep fried or cooked in a pressure cooker.

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240 Sarah Wu February 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

Duck – in any way or form

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241 Alice Jay February 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

Roast birds. I never can cook them thoroughly right, ever.

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242 Elizabeth February 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

I’m afraid of grilling! I always mess it up.

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243 Kate Pet February 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

I’m scared of seafood! I do make a dish or two, but it’s always a scary process. :)

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244 Sara Peterson February 20, 2013 at 10:01 am

I’m kind of afraid of coq au vin, although one of these days I really want to attempt it. It’s so tasty!

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245 Kate Pet February 20, 2013 at 10:01 am
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247 Ysha February 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

I used to be afraid of the flambe, but I’ve conquered that fear. I still fear cooking lobster, it’s the killing them part that I can’t get past.

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248 Rosemary Bliss February 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

I’m leery of trying croissants or puff pastry. I want to learn but am afraid of failure that will discourage me further.

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249 kim fairley February 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

I would have to say thanks to Gordon Ramsey that I am uncertain and terrified about making beef Wellington!!

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250 Christine February 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

I get nervous about cooking fish to the perfect doneness level! :/

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251 ltsuruda February 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

I’m afraid to cook chitlins given how thorough one must clean them before cooking.

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252 Michelle S. February 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

I want to try making macarons but am afraid to tackle them.

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253 Holly Frenette February 20, 2013 at 10:14 am

When I was a little girl, I remembering helping my grandmother make strudel and potica (a polish sweet) from scratch. I would love to attempt these, especially now that she’s gone. Her recipes fill me with nostalgia, and these are serious ‘comfort foods’ in my family – but no one makes them anymore. I remember making them with her, and her patience with a then little girl (I was probably 4 or 5). I think it’s not so much the preparation (although it is a bit daunting), as the fear of losing the tradition of these foods and their meaning in my family.

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254 Pamela February 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

Also totally afraid of yeast-risen bread. Anything with yeast really (e.g. cinnamon rolls, pizza dough). Fish is also a little intimidating, but I think I just need more practice.

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255 J February 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

I’m afraid of cooking homemade breads (without a bread maker) — they always come out to dense, I guess I need to make sure to follow directions to the T

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256 Guin Reese February 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

I would love to learn how ot cook Duck, I have yet to accomplish this successfully.

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257 Diana February 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

I have to say, I’m nervous about non-traditional meats and what not (snails, frogs, insects, etc.). Not because they make me squeamish, but because they tend to be delicate and have unusual textures that I’d be afraid to compromise.

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258 Victoria Duncan February 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

Im scared to make salmon, it being pink makes me nervous.

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259 Rebecca Rosen February 20, 2013 at 10:26 am

seriously afraid of cooking any protein that I have to gut before cooking. and i agree, anything that is alive before cooking is terrifying.
ps love the blog!

Rebecca Rosen
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rebeccakirstin@aim.com

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260 Christine Marquette February 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

I too am affraid to make yeast risen breads. Thanks for the give away!

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261 Stephanie February 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

Calamari. I absolutely love to eat it, but just can’t seem to prepare it properly. It always turns out rubbery and chewy. If I could conquer Calamari, I could conquer anything!

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262 Anna February 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

I am afraid to cook cakes with marzipan!!

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263 Brianne February 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

I’m afraid to make ramen. I know it’s not French, but I live hours from the nearest ramen joint and would love to make it at home. But I’m scared to try! There’s so many components to it and everything has to be just right! No pressure.

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264 HannahClark February 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

By far my biggest reservation in cooking is with seafood- fish freak me out. They can smell like death, they can then taste like it, and it’s a big “no-no” to overcook it because drying makes it stick in little flakes to the roof of your mouth, back of your throat- various places you never want it to pause and hang out. Also, the first time I tried salmon, I didn’t realize it wasn’t required to eat the skin- bad experience. All that said, I know fish (and seafood in general) has amazing potential that can be unlocked by careful selection and cooking methods. I am excited to try/not wanting to go near fish dishes.

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265 Christine February 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

I’ve never met an ingredient I didn’t like to cook until I came across good ole, tripe. The effort is just not worth it and the chances of it coming out tasty and tender is about negative percent. I think I will stick with ordering it at a restaurant.

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266 Julie February 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

A whole chicken. :/

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267 Monique February 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

Im afraid of making any meat medium rare. I need to see char marks to make sure its done and then its usually over done. ugh! someday!

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268 Jessica Soroksky February 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

steak, my family is made of steak fanatics so messing it up for dinner would be so embarrassing!http://www.thedeliciouslife.com/julia-childs-mastering-the-art-of-french-cooking-giveaway/#

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269 Ryan Y. February 20, 2013 at 11:21 am

Live lobster/crab is a good one – haven’t done that yet and definitely don’t want to have it jump out. I’d say one that I want to try but am genuinely afraid of failing (because I love them so much) is croissants. I can make my own yeasted bread and pizza dough, but using that much butter – transferring to and from the fridge – figuring out the right amount of rolling – then hoping the layers dont stick in the oven – so many places it could fail. I WILL try some day though, hopefully sooner than later. I have Tartine’s recipe – their level of quality being my ultimate goal.

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270 Delia G February 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

I would have to say..live lobster. I see them in the tank and then look into those eyes…I can’t do it! . But I can see them on my plate and say to myself..”si se puede”.

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271 linda wu February 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

I love cooking but some reason I’m afraid to make my own dough. The idea of using yeast frightens me some reason. I’m just scared something terrible might happen some reason!

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272 Tanya February 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’m afraid to cook fish. Whether baking or frying I can never get it quite right!

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273 1000Steps February 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

Duck 3 Ways. It is my favorite and I’m sure I’d screw it up and waste all that delicious bird.

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274 Sarah Kane February 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

There are so many things that I would LOVE to attempt but just haven’t because they seem risky lol. Things that top the list: Hollandaise, Eclairs, Croissants, and many more :) I would love to do a Julie Powell style challenge and take my skills to the next level. How fun!

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275 Nina February 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

I am terrified of making Creme Brulee and Torte Di Bosco. I last had them over 4 years ago, and I guess I’ve built them up so much in my mind that if I did try to recreate them, I’m afraid I’d be disappointed if it’s not exactly the same. Particularly the Torte di Bosco. I can’t even find a recipe for it, and the thought of coming up with one from memory is enough to make me very nervous.

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276 Shannon February 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

I’m in love with croissants and would like to be able to make them at home, but the time and effort involved (and the high likelihood of failure) put me off. The same goes for macarons; the terror of failure is even more pronounced as almond flour is quite expensive and I’m sure that I’d fail at making them and would just be throwing money into the garbage can.

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277 Michelle H February 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

I love eating duck, but I’m terrified to make it myself. It’s an expensive meal to mess up.

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278 Swathi Iyer February 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I am afraid to cook anything with meringue. Lovely giveaway.

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279 Janice Hong February 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I don’t know if I’m SCARED to try this out but I am a little nervous about baking macarons. I wil definitely give it a shot though! One day…maybe…or I’ll just go to ‘lette’s and buy some there :P

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280 Élan February 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

It’s duck for me too….didn’t even have to think about that one. In particular, confit….duck confit…

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281 Nesrine Gamal February 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Lobsters ! and can I mention another thing? French macarons….

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282 Jannett Lozada Ammons February 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I what I would do to be able to cook a good Duck Confit! I’m sure Julia would be able to help me with that, right?

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283 Kaede February 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

i dont think i’m terrified by any food atm:p although i guess i could never cook snails lr amy other living thing(like the lobster you mentioned).heh. good luck to all people!:)

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284 Teresa February 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Sushi… I would not want to sign up for that.

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285 Becky February 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Fried Chicken. Totally terrifed.

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286 Taís Horta Trovao February 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I’m afraid of cooking meats, any kind of it! I keep thinking that I can always have one better than my when I go out. :)

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287 breexox February 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Definitely scared to cook lobster! My roommate cooked it last week and couldn’t get the poor thing in the pot properly. But I’m also just scared to cook for a large group of people in general (like more than 4 people) because I always like to change recipes as I go along and, while I might like them, I’m not sure other people would!

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288 Tina February 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Terrifying? and French? … French toast, French fries … no, Lobster for sure! (tho I have reluctantly done live-ish crab)

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289 motheronedge February 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I’d have to say that making a souffle seems quite terrifying to me.

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290 Laurie February 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Pork chops, I have a phobia. Always afraid they will burn or be raw!

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291 kimchi_mom February 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Shellfish, particularly lobster and crabs. I’m always afraid of over and undercooking them and, yeah, that whole cooking them alive thing is a bit disconcerting. I’ve made Maryland blue crabs ONCE and spent a good hour trying to get them in the pot, but have yet to cook lobster.

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292 foodiestuntman February 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

For me, beef wellingto because the tenderloin is so expensive!

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293 Georgie February 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I’m afraid of anything alive. Spending the summer in Greece as a child and watching my grandmother & uncle butcher our meals left me traumatized.

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294 laura February 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I used to be scared of yeast bread until I helped my 12 year old daughter tackle the Tartine Country Bread recipe for her science fair project (turning rye flour and water into a live starter…) but it worked brilliantly and now I have super bragging rights and pictures to show for it. That said, I am still completely flummoxed by poached eggs. I keep trying and trying and they always come out ugly. I have tried vinegar in the swirling water, I have tried little metal cups that sit in the pot. My dirty little secret? I just softboil eggs and pretend that they are poached. One day….

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295 jules_2020 February 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Goose. I’m in love with the idea of it, but haven’t got the courage to try. Bucket list.

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296 Christina February 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

lobster is one of my favorite things to eat… but i don’t think i can ever cook a live one! eek! i don’t even want my husband to cook one in the house – it really freaks me out!

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297 qyang24 February 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm

making my own salami.

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298 Annie Liou February 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I’m somewhat afraid to make a sponge cake. The Asian recipe I tried out separates the egg whites and egg yolks, don’t add any baking powder or baking soda, and for some odd reason their cakes rise beautifully. I’ve tried different recipes four or five times and my cakes still sink and look nothing like the picture.

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299 Justine February 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Hollandaise Sauce because I have zero upper arm strength and bad timing :(

And in addition to that… live lobster because I’d be worried that the lobster would spray water into my eyes or onto my body. But perhaps I could conquer that fear by wearing goggles.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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300 Brian Head February 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I’m terrified of roasting birds, be it chicken, turkey or duck.

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301 Shizue February 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Brownies. I know, of all the things this should be the last thing to be afraid of. Custard? No problem. Turkey? S’all good. Lobster? Just add water, right? But brownies make me shaky at the knees. Brownies are so synonymous with all that is right and comforting in this world. The right batch of brownies, those with the glossy tops, moist and chewy centers, and the perfect balance of sweet and salt, can revive the heartbroken and rally the discouraged. But bad brownies? There is no excuse good enough for that one…

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302 Shizue February 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

..but a Queen of Sheba cake is my go-to as I cower in fear of the disgruntled brownie consumer’s eye daggers!

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303 Marina of Let the Baking Begin February 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm

It’s not cooking, but I am still afraid to work with tempered chocolate, or rather the tempering itself..

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304 Amy C February 21, 2013 at 12:48 am

Homemade smoked bacon.
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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305 Giulia February 21, 2013 at 1:29 am

I’m afraid of cooking Sousages. Open it, touching the inside..and watch them grill.. ear that sound.. scare me a lot! brrrr

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306 Norma February 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

Hi! I would love to try baking some French pastries!
These cookbooks would definitely be put to good use!

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307 Greg February 21, 2013 at 7:10 am

I’ve been trying to build up the courage to tackle suckling pig but haven’t gotten there yet.

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308 Jennifer February 21, 2013 at 7:13 am

Filet Mignon. I’m terrified to cook it. The meat is so perfect that I feel anything I do to it would not be good enough. I’ll suck it up and do it one day!

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309 stacy February 21, 2013 at 7:18 am

I’ll second that: anything that is alive and in the process of cooking would be dead..

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310 Mackenzie Campbell February 21, 2013 at 7:49 am

What I really want to cook, and hopefully will tackle my fear of, is a whole roast pig. Maybe this summer…

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311 Martin Bernal February 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

For me it would have to be Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I have made both separately and they’ve turned out just fine, but together it’s always either a clumpy and greasy or runny mess. I’m totally terrified everytime I’ve tried. One day I’ll get it right, I hope.

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312 Jimi Estavillo-Afuang February 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

Great giveaway! I’m terrified of making porkchops. I’m always afraid of under-cooking them so I always end up cooking them to a dry death.

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313 Jamie February 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

One word… souffle. My oven has no window, and I really like peaking at whatever is baking away inside. Plus, it’s just daunting…

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314 Kimberly Larson February 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

Oh gosh, live lobsters — I just can’t fathom the idea of throwing them into the boiling water bath!

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315 Chris Johnson February 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

So scared of making Fish! :( affraid of BBQ’ing it, Never really cooked any fish at all, Affraid I’ll have trouble cleaning it.

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316 Chrystie February 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Macarons! They are so gorgeous, but their temperamental nature keeps me at a safe distance.

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317 Richie Spitsberg February 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Anything on the grill. One of these days, when I have time, I will figure it out.

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318 Elana February 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Trout. When I was all but a little bitty girl of 5 my Dad took me and my sis fishing on the weekends (he had no idea what to do with us otherwise) and taught us how to catch and gut fish. Almost 30 years later, and moving to the west coast, I’ve all but forgotten what to do with this fish and I’m terrified of trying to learn it again relying on restaurants to remind me what a properly cooked fish should taste like.

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319 Isabel Foodie February 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Can you believe I don’t have either of these cookbooks and they have been on my “must get” forever! I would absolutely love to win!

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320 Isabel Foodie February 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

My email… just in case I win… familyfoodie@yahoo.com

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321 Mellissa_ibreatheimhungry February 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Homemade puff pastry – always wanted to try it but it just seems so labor intensive!

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322 Janice Bissex, RD February 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I have to go with lobster as well. just can’t do it! Love Julia Child and would so love to read her wonderful cookbook!

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323 deeba February 22, 2013 at 2:23 am

Fish!

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324 Tiffany Chang February 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

pumpkin & eggplant. I don’t even know where to start with those ingredients. I’ve had it in restaurants and they taste lovely, but epic fail in my own kitchen. Thanks for hosting this!

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325 jen February 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

liver…for fear of it being toxic…

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326 Avonlea February 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

I, too, am afraid to cook lobster + crab! I don’t think I could ever do it!
Good luck with the move and thanks for this opportunity!

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327 Molly February 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

Macarons always scare me.

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328 AJT February 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

such a classic book that everyone needs in their kitchen!

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329 AJT February 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

also, i’m so afraid to work with flaky phyllo dough. tastes delish, looks daunting to prepare!

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330 taysha February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Anything beefy! I don’t eat it but my hubby does so I have no clue to know when its done until it’s like… done

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331 solidgoldeats February 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Mussels. No idea what I would do with them!

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332 aegeanpan February 25, 2013 at 1:57 am

Snails. Even though they are a special ingredient of so many interesting French and Greek recipes, I always hesitate to cook them.

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333 Ally February 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Lemongrass! I need to figure out what to “smash” and what to keep.

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334 Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) February 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

The foods I am (not just somewhat but) completely afraid to cook are all things deep fried! I’m afraid of frying things in tons of oil, having it splatter or smoke or blacken, having the food turn out greasy, and having to dispose off all the leftover oil afterwards!

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335 Alex March 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Monkfish…such a frightening appearance, but oh so delicious..

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336 Ally March 11, 2013 at 5:53 am

Sweetbreads. I’m sure I’ll mess them up…and they’re expensive. Gulp!

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337 Jo Ann Honey January 13, 2021 at 6:20 pm

Prime Rib!!!! I am a good cook, but I am terrified of ruining such an expensive cut! (I can cook inexpensive cuts to perfection!)

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