With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But despite that familiarity, how much do we really know of the inner Julia?
Now more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably introduced in the hit movie Julie & Julia, open the window on Julia’s deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women and the turbulent process of Julia’s creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show Julia, first as a new bride in Paris, then becoming increasingly worldly and adventuresome as she follows her diplomat husband in his postings to Nice, Germany, and Norway.
With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon, and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in the United States, McCarthyism, and sexual mores, these astonishing letters show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.
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Very interesting read.
I love it..very nice to read a few pages or letters..when I have a moment or two..but at the same time ---I think many may find it a bore to do so!
Veteran culinary historian and author Joan Reardon has culled the best letters that were exchanged between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.
This book was fun. I loved watching the friendship between Child and DeVoto develop into something very deep and dear. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Carol Ann Cunningham
This was such a fun read about two friends. Fun to hear what they were cooking and drinking. Julia must have been a fun person to know and work with although guess things usually... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Patsy R. Crayton
It started out with a letter about a knife, of all things. Julia and Paul Child had been in Paris about three and a half years when Julia read an article published in a 1951 issue... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Book Addict
I am a foodie and a lover of history. If you like to read about history from sources other than history books, you will find much to enjoy in these letters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Though I doubt if I read it again, this was a thoroughly enjoyable book. I found the letters and recipes fascinating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by elib
These letters reveal much about the thinking of both these women as well as providing a window into foodways in the 50's in both the US and in France. Read morePublished 2 months ago by FBC
This is a wonderful book about the relationship between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, told through their letters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pym fan
The correspondence between Avis DeVoto and Julia Child is totally absorbing. It is a real behind-the-scenes book about Julia's life during the years she was writing her famous... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noel Rappe