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review 2017-07-16 21:28
Nowhere near as fun or appealing as Julia Child herself.
The French Chef in America: Julia Child'... The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act - Alex Prud'Homme

I was excited to read more about Child after liking 'My Life in France'. It's been quite a while since I've read it but I being disappointed there wasn't more there. But since that book was so charming it seemed like this would be a good pickup.


This book picks up after the first one, but other reviews are right. There's a lot of rehashing of Child's book (which she also co-wrote with Prud'Homme) and unfortunately his voice here alone just isn't the same. Even though it's been a long time since I read 'Life' I was really bored overall with the beginning.


From there it doesn't really get that much better. It's a retelling of her career with what basically felt like padding talking about guests and it just didn't have the humor and charm of 'Life'. It was disappointing overall and did feel like Prud'Homme might have been trying to cash in on the Child name/brand. 


I'd skip this one. If you're really interested, I'd recommend the library or a cheap bargain buy.

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review 2016-05-13 23:34
My Life in France
My Life in France - Julia Child,Alex Prud'Homme
Mastering the Art of French Cooking - Julia Child,Simone Beck,Louisette Bertholle
Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen - Julie Powell

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 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 fellowgourmettes, 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!



I don't remember a time in my life where I didn't have at least a rudimentary sense of who Julia Child was, yet, I have no idea how. I don't remember my Mom watching Julia's cooking shows on television when I was growing up. I certainly know that Mastering the Art of French Cooking was not one of the (many) cooking books my Mom had around the house. But Julia Child had that presence. You didn't have to actively watch or read her to know who she was. 


Then, when I was in my 20's I read Julie and Julia (which annoyed me) and saw the movie which was actually pretty enjoyable (RIP Nora Ephron). It was the movie that piqued my curiosity of who Julia Child was.


I loved My Life in France. I had no idea what to expect. Maybe an entire memoir related to the kitchen? That was my best guest...but to my joy, My Life in France was so much more. It was Julia. It was her before she even picked up a spoon. It was her during her time at Cordon Blu, and it was her with her soul mate, Paul Child. I absolutely fell in love with her in reading My Life in France. She was such a personality.


I probably will never pick up a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking...hell, I've never even been to a French restaurant but it did give me the courage to do more in the kitchen at work. While I was in the middle of reading this, I was tasked with cooking up a turkey breast at work. I have never made anything like that, but I asked myself...what would Julia do and found decent directions and cooked that bird. Granted...Julia probably would have slathered the thing in butter-and I choose a healthier olive oil, but still...Julia Child came to my rescue.

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text 2015-07-14 20:55
In Honor of Bastille Day
Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends - Mary McAuliffe
Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends Through the Great War - Mary McAuliffe
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century - Barbara W. Tuchman
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism - Ross King
The Count of Monte Cristo (Wordsworth Classics) - Alexandre Dumas,Alexandre Dumas,Alexandre Dumas
Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King - Antonia Fraser
Eiffel's Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris's Beloved Monument and theExtraordinary World's Fair That Introduced It - Jill Jonnes
Paris to the Moon - Adam Gopnik
The Iron King - Maurice Druon
My Life in France - Julia Child,Alex Prud'Homme

In honor of Bastille Day, a few of my favorite books about France, or with a French setting.

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review 2014-11-01 17:13
My Life In France By: Julia Child - Taught Me That You're Never Too Old To Follow Your Dreams
My Life in France - Julia Child,Alex Prud'Homme

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 parts of the book were Julia's descriptions of the food, both trying French cuisine for the first time, as well as, her descriptions of what worked and what didn't when she started cooking herself. There were tons of !!!!! which I loved because her voice was there on every page, and her passion was present. Even all these years later, the book reads like a conversation between old friends. 


Julia Child will always be a woman I admire because she's the embodiment of the saying: "You're never too old to chase your dreams," and for that alone, I thank her very much.

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quote 2014-09-08 02:10
Paul took letter writing seriously; he'd set aside time for it, tried to document our day-to-day lives in a journalistic way, and usually wrote three to six pages a week in a beautiful flowing hand with a special fountain pen; often he included little sketches of places we'd visited, or photos, or made mini-collages out of ticket stubs or newsprint. My letters were usually one or two pages, typed, and full of spelling mistakes, bad grammar, and exclamation points; I tended to focus on what I was cooking at the time, or the human dramas boiling around us. Written on thin pale-blue or white airmail paper, those hundreds of letters have survived the years in very good shape.
My Life in France - Julia Child,Alex Prud'Homme

Page 7 of My Life In France 

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