A lot of people admire Julia Childs. She was very different from the normal women of her day – she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and was bold in her beliefs. She didn’t begin learning about cooking until she turned 40, and her boldness carried over to that part of her life as well. She liked to cook with rich ingredients such as wine and butter to ensure that her food would taste as delicious as possible. When cooking schools in France denied her entrance, she opened her own. Her cookbook was also denied many times before it was published. But in spite her of failures, she went on to become very successful.
Millions of Julia Child cookbooks have sold on eBay. First editions and autographed copies sell for the most amount of money. According to eBay research tools, the cookbooks have a sell through rate of 57% as well (a sell through rate of at least 50% is what you want to aim for when buying stock). Her most popular books include Baking with Julia, Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom, The Way to Cook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home.
Remember that most of these cookbooks are still available in bookstores. However, many people like the idea of owning a vintage copy – vintage books have more character than new editions.
Here are a few recent sales of Julia Child cookbooks:
Mastering the Art of French Cooking 1961 - Sold for $167.50
Mastering the Art of French Cooking 1961 - Sold for $120
Julia & Company Signed Cookbook - Sold for $113.61