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Julia Child: A Lifeby Laura Shapiro
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A biography of Julia Child from the award-winning author of Perfection Salad
One of the most beloved figures in 20th century American culture was Julia Child, the bouyant ?French Chef? who taught millions of Americans to cook with confidence and eat with pleasure. With an irrepressible sense of humor and a passion for good food, Child ushered in the nation's culinary renaissance and became its chief icon. Unlike the great cooking teachers who preceded her, she won her audience through the revolutionary medium of television. Millions watched as she spun threads of caramel, befriended a giant monkfish, wielded live lobsters, flipped omelets and unmolded spectacular desserts. Her occasional disasters, and brilliant recoveries, were legendary. Yet every step of the way she was teaching carefully crafted lessons about ingredients, culinary technique, and why good home cooking still matters.
Award-winning food writer Laura Shapiro describes Child's unlikely career path, from California party girl to cool-headed chief clerk in a World War II spy station to bumbling amateur cook and finally to the classes at the Cordon Bleu in Paris that changed her life. Her marriage to Paul Child was at the center of all her work. Unlike much of what has been written about Child, Shapiro portrays a woman who was quintessentially American, and whose open-hearted approach to the kitchen was a lesson in how to live.
Written by the award-winning author of "Perfection Salad," this biography portrays one of the most beloved figures in 20th-century American culture: Julia Child, the buoyant chef who has taught millions of Americans to cook with confidence and eat with pleasure.
With a swooping voice, an irrepressible sense of humor, and a passion for good food, Julia Child ushered in the nation’s culinary renaissance. In Julia Child, award-winning food writer Laura Shapiro tells the story of Child’s unlikely career path, from California party girl to coolheaded chief clerk in a World War II spy station to bewildered amateur cook and finally to the Cordon Bleu in Paris, the school that inspired her calling. A food lover who was quintessentially American, right down to her little-known recipe for classic tuna fish casserole, Shapiro’s Julia Child personifies her own most famous lesson: that learning how to cook means learning how to live.
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"Shows enormous grace and food savvy...Reading Shapiro reminds us how Julia Child taught us not just how to cook but how to think about food."
--New York Times Book Review
"Laura Shapiro's biography of Julia Child is as bright, smart, funny, charming, and companionable as Julia herself."
-Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Julia
"Shapiro's graceful little book should be seen as the definitive analysis of Julia Child's long career."
-Pittsburgh Post- Gazette
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