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Julia Child single handedly awakened America to the pleasures of good cooking 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 didn't know the first thing about cooking when she landed in France.

Indeed, when she first arrived in 1948 with her husband, Paul, 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. Julia's unforgettable story unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as as a cook and teacher and writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.

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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.

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Tad, December 21, 2009 (view all comments by Tad)
As a cook, Julia Child had long been one of my mentors and idols. This book transformed her into a full person for me, with wonderful qualities one could only guess about from seeing her 'public' life. After reading this book, I am disappointed that Julie and Julia was made into a film instead of the triumphant and soulful journey that Julia Child details.
Julia Child got peoples attention first by caring about food; it turns out she cared very deeply about many things, and is a wonderful example of how all of us can truly live, love and dream. There is not a false note in it.
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ring_valerie, September 23, 2009 (view all comments by ring_valerie)
I'll admit I was a Julia Child fan before reading her My Life In France but I feel I know just a little bit more about Ms. Child and what it must have been like in an a male dominated industry such as cooking. Julia makes it easy to understand why she didn't get caught up in the politics at the Cordon Bleu cooking school. She identified with her purpose, to bring the ease of cooking into every household that she could. I only wish she was around to hear all of this much deserved praise.
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Child, Julia
Del Rey
Prud'homme, Alex
Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
Prud'homme, Alex
Personal Memoirs
Fantasy - General
Biography - General
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