My Life in France by Julia Child
Reviewed by Jennifer Wolcott
Christian Science Monitor
"Julia Child hadn't a clue how to cook until she was 34 and about to become a new bride. Her first attempts at cooking were fairly disastrous, which only made her more determined. It wasn't until two years later, in 1948, when her husband, Paul, took a job in Paris with the United States Information Service that Child found the inspiration for what would become a brilliant culinary career. Julia was instantly smitten with France ? the people, the gentle way of life, and especially the food. She couldn't speak a word of French, and at 6-foot-2-inches tall, she towered above just about everyone. But any self-consciousness was forgotten when she tasted her first meal on French soil: a lunch of smooth, briny oysters on the half shell and a sole meuniÃ¨re browned in butter, which she adored for its simple perfection." Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review.