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My Life in France - Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
My Life in France
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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... show more
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!
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400043460 (1400043468)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 317
Edition language: English
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The Nearly Reader
The Nearly Reader rated it
5.0 My Life in France
From Goodreads: 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 ...
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!"
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!" rated it
4.0 My Life In France By: Julia Child - Taught Me That You're Never Too Old To Follow Your Dreams
I really enjoyed this book, as it was a detailed account of Julia Child's journey to French cuisine and cooking. Also, she was surrounded by amazing people who supported her, no matter what. This was one book where the romance was endearing, as she and Paul were the cutest couple. My favorite par...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 My Life in France
I found this an absorbing read, and I'm no foodie. But I think what's striking in this memoir of Child's love affair with French food is her drive, her dedication to excellence, her passion--there's something attractive in that no matter what the endeavor--as well as fascinating to get a picture of ...
Lavinia
Lavinia rated it
It is simply inconceivable that one is presented with a bilious attack while reading this book. Yet shit happens. I swear to try Julia's omelette, it's probably the only French dish I'll ever be capable of. Need to watch Julie and Julia again. For Messina, of course, doh!
Here There Be Books (BL)
Here There Be Books (BL) rated it
4.0 My Life in France
I read this partly because of [b:Julie Julia|13747|Julie and Julia 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen|Julie Powell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1166572517s/13747.jpg|3338312], but also because I love memoirs written by people who’ve done amazing things. I didn’t grow up watching Julia ...
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