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.
I am enjoying my book on Julia Child's letters. I appreciate the timely mailing and my book was in good condition. Thanks.Published 22 days ago by Gaylewind
Having previously read My Life in France and Julie and Julia, I have become fascinated with Julia Child and how Mastering the Art of French Cooking came about. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justin and Katie Schauer
Enjoyable read for:
- the thrill of the food discussions between two avid cooks
- the history of a classic cookbook
- politics of McCarthy era America
- Julia's... Read more
Excellent portrayal of a culinary icon and just plain neat person. Like a good meal, you need to consume this one slowly and appreciate all that is revealed through her letters.Published 1 month ago by Elaine A. Harger
This book was SO much fun to read! You really got a sense of how life was back then! If you are a fan of Julia Child you need to read this book!Published 2 months ago by Emily Bailey
Like others, I am disappointed in the book and may not even finish it. For various reasons I can only stomach it for 15 minutes or so and then I have to take a break. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chatsworth
This was just great! It made me long for the days when good friends put pen to paper and shared all sorts of thoughts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Louie