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ISBN13: 9780143116448
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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.

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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.

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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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Teresa Borden, October 3, 2010 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
I read this biography just after reading Julia Child's autobiography that she wrote with her nephew. I was amazed at some of the details in this book that ultimately helped me see her as a fuller human being. I really enjoyed learning about the beginnings of the romance with her husband, Paul, and was saddened to learn of his decline. I liked learning about how Julia continued enjoying life to the maximum all the way to the end. I was a little shocked to read about her having plastic surgery and being so concerned about her 'looks' though it seemed understandable given the mores of the day. The wigs, also, seemed a bit odd to me, but again, understandable. What really came through was her tenacity and love of good food and insistence on doing it all in a very pure way. I came away with a deep admiration of Julia Child. Great biography done with deep feeling and a sense of staying true to who she was. Bravo.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143116448
Author:
Shapiro
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Shapiro, Laura
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Cooks -- United States.
Subject:
Child, Julia
Subject:
Biography-Cooking
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.22x5.02x.56 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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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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