bookbabeBG, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by bookbabeBG)
I loved this book. I am not a foodie, but Ms. Child has such an engaging style of writing I couldn't wait to follow her wherever she cared to take me. She creates a picture of a country, of a culture, of a cuisine she loved so much - dedicated to love of life and hedonism. She also imbues the book with her sorrow of a disappearing way of life - one that cherishes the art of cooking, that invests hours in creating the perfect culinary experience. A way of life that is slowly disappearing in front of her very eyes even in the country that proudly proclaims itself the birthplace of classical cuisine.
I also loved the persona of Ms. Child - optimistic, open to new experiences, full of zest for life and new tastes. The whole book left me with an optimistic feeling and I was sad to finish it - it was like saying goodbye to a much loved friend. This is a book I will be sure to reread in future.
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hey jude, January 8, 2011 (view all comments by hey jude)
I would have given this story a five if it weren't for Julia's famous years. I loved her in France, in both fabulous cities. I even enjoyed her in Germany. But when she returned home to the US the romance faded, as I felt she became a bit too pretentious. However, she is the forefront of all things in the food networking domain, her recipes are unparalleled, and her descriptions are dead on.
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An inspiring look at the life and times of the culinary genius, Julia Child's My Life in France is a good-humored memoir of her influential and transformative early experiences in France with her then new husband, Paul. Julia's devotees, as well as those less familiar, will equally enjoy the wit of her storytelling, and her gift for describing a great meal.
"Review A Day"
by Jennifer Wolcott, The Christian Science Monitor,
"[A] delightful and ebulliently written new memoir....The result is a tone that is pure Julia. One can almost hear her unforgettably fluty voice uttering such Julia-isms as 'ta-da!' 'ouf!' and 'phooey!' throughout the book. Her joy just about jumps off the book's pages....Julia Child was a natural teacher, and My Life in France makes that abundantly clear." (read the entire CSM review)
by Andrew Marton, The Philadelphia Inquirer,
"Like a surprise nougat bursting from the center of a chocolate truffle, My Life in France also serves up her moving romance with the Renaissance man of her life...her husband, Paul Child."
by Meeta Agrawal, Life Magazine,
"In mouth-watering detail, her learning years in Paris and the stellar career that followed."
by John Skoyles, The Seattle Times/Associated Press,
"Captures her charm, warmth, and, above all, her determined and robust spirit....Anyone who has heard her on television will immediately recognize the frank, jovial, and embracing tone."
by Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly,
"What a joy...charming...inspiring."
Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine 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 was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, 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 with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julias unforgettable story - struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe - unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.
Exuberant, affectionate, and boundlessly charming ("The New York Times"), this is the delightful and highly acclaimed memoir from the woman who revolutionized American cooking in the 20th century.
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