With the movie Julie & Julia nearing release, I've taken a renewed interest in all things related to the premise. For instance, PartySugar lent me her grandmother's vintage copy of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking from 1967 to peruse for culinary inspiration. Julia is full of knowledge and great at explaining classic kitchen techniques in detail, but I can see how today's home cooks could be deterred from buying her book, because it contains no photographs whatsoever.
For those of you with your own copy of Mastering: Does it bother you that the book is all text? And are you willing to pony up pennies for a cookbook if it doesn't have any pictures in it?