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My Life In France

by Alex Prud'homme, Julia Child

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | October 9, 2007 | Trade Paperback

My Life In France is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story – struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe – unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.98 × 5.18 × 0.77 in

Published: October 9, 2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307277690

ISBN - 13: 9780307277695

Found in: Food Writing

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read about an interesting woman. Some of my guilty pleasures include Queen Betsy, Glee and Julia Child. What's not to like about a really tall woman who can cook and was on the same network as Cookie Monster? My life in France is the autobiography of Julia Child, the woman most responsible for introducing French Cooking to America. This is the story of how Julia Child became a Cordon Bleu Chef and introduced French cooking to America with the publication of her cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". The story also chronicles her move from writiing to performing on the fledgling PBS where she becames a pioneer for the cooking show genre. This story is not only about her love of food, but also about her love of her husband Paul Child who provides all of the beautiful photographs of post-war France for the book. Buy it or borrow it. It is an interesting read.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "I loved it!" Julia's story is fascinating, insightful and amusing. A wonderfully entertaining read.
Date published: 2010-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Story There is so much more to Julia Child than cooking. "My Life In France" reveals the story of Mrs. Child's complex and fascinating life in France in the wake of WWII and is as much an engaging historical document as it is the breathtaking tale of an incredible individual and the absolutely inspiring life that she lived. There are certainly plenty of details for cooking fans as well.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Julia in Love with France and Her Husband This is an intensely personal and loving book. It's editing by Julia and Paul Child's grand-nephew from piles of letters that travelled between France and the States, and interviews with Julia right up until her death. Julia's nature comes through here, as it does in all her writing and television. It's a learning experience, but also the most wonderful story. A hard book to put down & simply wonderful. You'll enjoy this book over and over again.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book! I'm not much of a 'foodie', but even as a child (no pun intended), I was fascinated by the tall cooking lady with the lilting voice, seen for years on PBS. This is a rite of passage story; a wealthly young woman, yearning for 'meaning' in her life - and boy, does she find it - this would be worthy of a novel or movie! Serving her country in WW2, finding true love, and finding her 'calling', this book captures all this and her joy in french cooking that Julia lavished upon us, just as it captures a period now, probably, long gone. Should be under the 'food', 'biography', 'adventure' and 'history' sections of every library or bookstore!
Date published: 2006-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from C'est Magnifique! Julia Child pioneered cooking television shows on PBS, but before she brought her unique teaching skills to the small screen, she taught herself how to cook in France. As her husband Paul performs his duties for the US government in Paris, Julia spends her days thoroughly dissecting the many layers involved in French cooking. She realizes the average American housewife of the 1950's needs to be enlightened regarding cooking, so she writes a detailed cookbook on French cuisine. After years of testing and tasting the numerous collected recipes, she publishes Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It's a bestseller which leads the way to The French Chef. This book is a delightful read, with historical facts about the French and their cuisine, and the Childs' travels throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the US. Each and every chef on the Food Network owes their success to Julia and Paul Child foray into television cooking shows. Bon appetit!
Date published: 2006-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bon Appetit! I haven't enjoyed a "biography" this much in a long time! Julia Child's personality truly shines through, and we are able to get an indepth look of this larger than life character (literally and figuratively). I didn't know much about Julia before reading this, except her later cooking years on television. This book gives a glimpse into her upbringing, her family, her working background (handling secret documents for the government), and how she came to love cooking and join the culinary world. Her descriptions are so vivid that you feel as if you're shopping with her in Paris at the Les Halles market, or looking out the window at the men unloading the fishing boats in Marseille. This is a book I will keep and enjoy again and again, if only for the descriptions of the meals.
Date published: 2006-06-14

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My Life In France

by Alex Prud'homme, Julia Child

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.98 × 5.18 × 0.77 in

Published: October 9, 2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307277690

ISBN - 13: 9780307277695

Read from the Book

Foreword_In August 2004, Julia Child and I sat in her small, lush garden in Montecito, California, talking about her life. She was thin and a bit stooped, but more vigorous than she’d been in weeks. We were in the midst of writing this book together. When I asked her what she remembered about Paris in the 1950s, she recalled that she had learned to cook everything from snails to wild boar at the Cordon Bleu; that marketing in France had taught her the value of “ les human relations ”; she lamented that in her day the American housewife had to juggle cooking the soup and boiling the diapers—adding, “if she mixed the two together, imagine what a lovely combination that would make!”The idea for My Life in France had been gestating since 1969, when her husband, Paul, sifted through hundreds of letters that he and Julia had written his twin brother, Charles Child (my grandfather), from France in 1948–1954. Paul suggested creating a book from the letters about their favorite, formative years together. But for one reason or another, the book never got written. Paul died in 1994, aged ninety-two. Yet Julia never gave up on the idea, and would often talk about her intention to write “the France book.” She saw it, in part, as a tribute to her husband, the man who had swept her off to Paris in the first place.I was a professional writer, and had long wanted to work on a collaborative project with Julia. But she was self-reliant, and
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Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story – struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe – unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.

From the Jacket

“A delight.” —The New York Times

“What a joy!” —The Washington Post

“Endlessly engaging.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Inspiring..” —Entertainment Weekly

“Delighful and ebulliently written. . . . Her joy just about jumps off the books pages.”
—Christian Science Monitor

“Lively, infectious. . . . Her elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Captivating. . . . Her marvelously distinctive voice is present on every page.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during WWII; afterwards she lived in Paris, studied at the Cordon Bleu, and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bartholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). In 1963 Boston''s WGBH launched "The French Chef" television series, which made Julia Child a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966; subsequent public television shows were "Julia Child & Company" (1978), "Julia Child & More Company" (1980)--both of which were accompanied by cookbooks--and "Dinner at Julia''s" (1983), followed by "Cooking with Master Chefs" (1993), "In Julia''s Kitchen with Master Chefs" (1995), and her collaboration with Jacques Pépin, "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home" (1999). The 40th anniversary edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 was published in 2001.Alex Prud''homme is Julia''s grandnephew. A freelance writer, his journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and People. He is the author of The Cell Game and the co-author (with Michael Cherkasky) of Forewarned. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Editorial Reviews

“A delight.” —The New York Times“What a joy!” —The Washington Post“Endlessly engaging.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer “Inspiring..” —Entertainment Weekly“Delighful and ebulliently written. . . . Her joy just about jumps off the books pages.” —Christian Science Monitor “Lively, infectious. . . . Her elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories.” —Chicago Sun-Times“Captivating. . . . Her marvelously distinctive voice is present on every page.” —San Francisco Chronicle
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