My Life in France

My Life in France

Book - 2006
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The bestselling story of Julia's years in France--and the basis for Julie & Julia , starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams--in her own words.
Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef , Julia Child 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. Julia's 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 the Childs across the globe--unfolds with the spirit so key to Julia's success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of America's most endearing personalities.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400043460
Characteristics: xi, 317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Prud'homme, Alex - Author


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Jul 09, 2019

Fantastic!!!! This book is a pleasure to read. Julia Child is my hero!

Jun 30, 2019

This was a very enjoyable read. It was like meeting Julia & Paul in person, as well as their friends. Julia was quite a woman & it would have been nice to know her.

May 11, 2019

Such a great book. I wish I knew Julia personally - she’s not only a passionate cook but appears to be a person with integrity, who knows the value of friendships, how to have fun and appreciate every life moment. I’d be honoured to have a friend like Julia Child!

Oct 19, 2018

Wonderful read! Fun, food, France in the 50s, and a love story to boot.

Sep 18, 2018

I would have never picked this up on my own, but after hearing someone rave about it on a podcast, I was curious to try it. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it. She was a dynamic and inspiring lady. It was a nice little reward for stepping outside my reading comfort zone.

May 05, 2018

I adore this book and easily glided through it, glued to every word and every sentence as I made my way to and from work, even foregoing watching TV at night. Julia takes you on her spellbinding journey from falling in love with French cuisine, taking cooking classes at the Cordon Bleu, painstakingly writing her cookbooks, and her transition to her TV cooking shows. I admire her determination, guts, fortitude, and hard work in pursing her passion. This book is also a great escape as you accompany this legendary chef on her culinary adventures throughout France, her shopping excursions, and restaurant experiences. The fascinating details solidify Julia's astronomical contribution of enabling average Americans to conquer French cooking. I have been a big fan of Julia since watching her early TV shows in the 60s and 70s with my mom. Julia inspired my mom to buy one of her cookbooks and prepare the best roast pork on the planet. Julia taught me, an inexperienced teenage cook, how to make delicious green beans provencale. Having read this book, I am now a bigger Julia Child fan and more appreciative of her endeavors.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

New generations discovered Julia Child upon the release of the movie Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep as Julia. If you enjoyed the movie, you will love her memoir. She moved to France in 1948 with her husband Paul, knowing little about French cuisine and even less about the culture and language. She fell in love with French cooking and the rest is history. Based on Julia's letters and memories, this book is a delight. Julia's lively personality shines through on every page. — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

bibliotechnocrat Sep 16, 2014

This is the book the Meryl Streep half of the Julie and Julia movie is based on, and it is a delight. It's a truly personal account of her marriage, her discovery of Food, the dawning realization of her calling, and the problems of the diplomatic life (her husband, Paul Child, worked for the American embassy in Paris). It's so easy to hear her voice as you read about her adventures in post-war France; she was an amazing woman. And don't get me started on the food she describes...

May 06, 2014

If you ever have the chance to go to Paris, and adore food, this is a must read before you go, or at least begin on the plane. But, if you've never been to Paris, but adore food, and know of Julia Child its still an exceptional read. It's one tablespoon a love story, a cup of adventure and a bowl full of passion. I'll take seconds.

multcolib_lauralw Feb 10, 2014

Julia's husband Paul Child took the photographs for this wonderful memoir that is part love story and part search for identity fulfillment. Julia Child weaves a savory tale about her life with food and her love with her husband.

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