My Life in France by Julia ChildThe bestselling story of Julias years in France--and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams--in her own words.
Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child 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. Julias 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 the Childs across the globe--unfolds with the spirit so key to Julias success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of Americas most endearing personalities.
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Becoming Julia Child
August 9, This review originally ran on June 20, Her first attempts at cooking were fairly disastrous, which only made her more determined. It wasn't until two years later, in , when her husband, Paul, took a job in Paris with the United States Information Service that Child found the inspiration for what would become a brilliant culinary career. Julia was instantly smitten with France - the people, the gentle way of life, and especially the food.
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The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Editor's note: This is the first instalment in a three-part blog entry about Julia Child.
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The Globe and Mail
READ no further if you dislike France, consider the French irritating, find French cooking pretentious and the French art de vivre overrated — because Julia Child liked everything about France. And her memoir, "My Life in France," is an affectionate merci for all that France gave her. True, Child also did a lot for France — and the American palate — by introducing French cuisine to American homes. But this book, written with her husband's great-nephew, Alex Prud'homme, before Child's death at 91 in August , is really a love story: she loved Paul Child, 10 years her senior; she loved France; she loved French cooking; and she loved life. Listen to her: "The sweetness and generosity and politeness and gentleness and humanity of the French had shown me how lovely life can be if one takes time to be friendly. In a foreword, Prud'homme explains that the book had been gestating since , when Julia and Paul organized the records of their life in France between and hundreds of letters home, piles of black-and-white photographs 79 are in this book, many taken by Paul and Julia's notes as she prepared her influential cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," published in But while she often talked about writing "the France book," Prud'homme recalls, it was only in December , nine years after Paul's death, that she turned to him and said: "All right, dearie, maybe we should work on it together.