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As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis Devoto

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ISBN13: 9780547577487
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With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But despite that familiarity, how much do we really know of the inner Julia?
 
Now more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably introduced in the hit movie Julie & Julia, open the window on Julias deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women and the turbulent process of Julias creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever written.
Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show Julia, first as a new bride in Paris, then becoming increasingly worldly and adventuresome as she follows her diplomat husband in his postings to Nice, Germany, and Norway.
 
With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon, and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in the United States, McCarthyism, and sexual mores, these astonishing letters show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.

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This dishy and delightful, never-before-published correspondence between America's queen of food, Julia Child, and her confidante and mentor Avis DeVoto, shows not only the blossoming of a lifelong friendship, but also an America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.

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A National Bestseller

Winner of an International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for Literary Food Writing

“An absorbing portrait of an unexpected friendship.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Julias inimitable voice shines through . . . These letters offer [a] glimpse of how the truly great can merge heart and soul in the pursuit of excellence.” — Wall Street Journal

Julia is known around the world by her first name alone. But how much do we really know of the inner Julia Child? Through this riveting correspondence between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her “pen pal” and literary mentor, we hear Julias deepest thoughts and feelings and witness the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship. We see, too, the turbulent creation of one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, these astonishing letters show an America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation and two women deeply engaged in the making of that new world.

“[Child] comes booming back to life in these dishy missives . . . A delicious read.” — People (3½ of 4 stars)

“Blazingly alive and entirely irresistible.” — Boston Globe

Synopsis:

With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But how much do we really know of the inner Julia? Out in paperback just in time for the 100th anniversary of Julias birth, these more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent, open the window on Julias deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship and the turbulent process of Julias creation of one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, these astonishing letters—hailed on many Must Lists and as a Best Food Lit book—show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.

About the Author

Culinary historian, cookbook author, and biographer Joan Reardon is the author of M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, M.F.K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans, Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, and Oysters: a Culinary Celebration. Reardon, who has a PhD in English literature, won an IACP Award for culinary writing, publishes and edits a quarterly newsletter for Les Dames dEscoffier Chicago, and serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica magazine.

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Davidsdaughter, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Davidsdaughter)
If you're a fan of letters, friendships and food, you'll very much enjoy reading "As Always, Julia" the correspondence between two women who became great friends and the birth of the classic "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". It's one to savor and I did not want to see it end. The book is a heartwarming look into a friendship that started with a letter, and lasted over years of separation by great distances. You'll also get a look at a time in history with their comments on the then current affairs.
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Julie Carson, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Julie Carson)
I enjoy backstories and this book provides great insight into this relationship between two remarkable women and the times they lived in. Highly recommended, especially if you've already read "My Life in France."
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SandyPP, August 31, 2012 (view all comments by SandyPP)
I never read letters but a friend raved about this book and I love Julia Child so I gave it a try and was immediately hooked! Julia was trying to write a cookbook for use in America from France. Avis was testing recipes, sending her ingredients, telling her what was available in the U.S. (e.g. shallots, hearing the process of this influential cookbook was fabulous. But the book is about all sorts of other things too: strangers becoming bosom buddies; liberal intellectuals being affected by the McCarthy witch hunts; differences between French and American culture; the hunt for a publisher...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547577487
Author:
Reardon, Joan
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Child, Julia
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos throughout
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.41 lb

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Product details 432 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547577487 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This dishy and delightful, never-before-published correspondence between America's queen of food, Julia Child, and her confidante and mentor Avis DeVoto, shows not only the blossoming of a lifelong friendship, but also an America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.
"Synopsis" by , A National Bestseller

Winner of an International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for Literary Food Writing

“An absorbing portrait of an unexpected friendship.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Julias inimitable voice shines through . . . These letters offer [a] glimpse of how the truly great can merge heart and soul in the pursuit of excellence.” — Wall Street Journal

Julia is known around the world by her first name alone. But how much do we really know of the inner Julia Child? Through this riveting correspondence between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her “pen pal” and literary mentor, we hear Julias deepest thoughts and feelings and witness the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship. We see, too, the turbulent creation of one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, these astonishing letters show an America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation and two women deeply engaged in the making of that new world.

“[Child] comes booming back to life in these dishy missives . . . A delicious read.” — People (3½ of 4 stars)

“Blazingly alive and entirely irresistible.” — Boston Globe

"Synopsis" by , With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But how much do we really know of the inner Julia? Out in paperback just in time for the 100th anniversary of Julias birth, these more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent, open the window on Julias deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship and the turbulent process of Julias creation of one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, these astonishing letters—hailed on many Must Lists and as a Best Food Lit book—show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.
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