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My Life in France (Movie Tie-in)

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ISBN13: 9780307474858
ISBN10: 0307474852
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In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child's years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found "her true calling."

From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigné meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn't speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu.

After managing to get her degree despite the machinations of the disagreeable directrice of the school, Julia started teaching cooking classes herself, then teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book they were trying to write on French cooking for Americans. Throwing herself heart and soul into making it a unique and thorough teaching book, only to suffer several rounds of painful rejection, is part of the behind-the-scenes drama that Julia reveals with her inimitable gusto and disarming honesty.

Filled with the beautiful black-and-white photographs that Paul loved to take when he was not battling bureaucrats, as well as family snapshots, this memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

Le voici. Et bon appétit!

Review:

"[Julia's] ripe, fruity tone and sensibility seem to fill the book." The Oregonian

Review:

"In the same way Child's this-way-and-that television delivery never lost its viewers' attention, her elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Some of the most interesting aspects of the memoir revolve around the way the three original authors of Mastering butted heads throughout the decade or more that the book took to write." Washington Post

Synopsis:

The enchanting, bestselling memoir by America's most beloved chef, My Life in France is being reissued to coincide with the movie based on Julia Child's life, starring Meryl Streep. Illustrations throughout.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She was graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they married they lived in Paris, where she studied at the Cordon Bleu and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, 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 her a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. Several public television shows and numerous cookbooks followed. She died in 2004.

Alex Prud'homme, Paul Child's grandnephew, is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications. He is the author of The Cell Game and the coauthor (with Michael Cherkasky) of Forewarned. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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ring_valerie, August 23, 2009 (view all comments by ring_valerie)
Admittedly I am a Julia Child Fan. That, and the fact that I've seen the movie Julie & Julia made this book a given. Ms. Child has a great "roll up your sleeves"
type of attitude in the kitchen and that's easily translated into lines in this book. In fact, to say this book has "legs" is an understatement. Truly enjoying.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307474858
Author:
Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme
Publisher:
Anchor
With:
Prud'homme, Alex
Author:
Child, Julia
Author:
Various
Author:
Prud'homme, Alex
Author:
Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Cooking
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Random House Movie Tie-In Books
Publication Date:
20100223
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
THROUGHOUT
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.98x5.26x.75 in. .76 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307474858 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Julia's] ripe, fruity tone and sensibility seem to fill the book."
"Review" by , "In the same way Child's this-way-and-that television delivery never lost its viewers' attention, her elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories."
"Review" by , "Some of the most interesting aspects of the memoir revolve around the way the three original authors of Mastering butted heads throughout the decade or more that the book took to write."
"Synopsis" by , The enchanting, bestselling memoir by America's most beloved chef, My Life in France is being reissued to coincide with the movie based on Julia Child's life, starring Meryl Streep. Illustrations throughout.
"Synopsis" by , 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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