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.
Ulia, Julia, Julia, how we love your whit, humor, and ability to rise above the hand that was dealt to you. Read morePublished 12 days ago by KLN
Excellent!!! Besides showing the real sides of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, it reminds of the lost art of the written letter.Published 14 days ago by mac
An excellent book about the relationship between 2 women during the 50's. Would be an interesting read for anyone 2how likes Julia.Published 22 days ago by Rosemary Baker
I am enjoying my book on Julia Child's letters. I appreciate the timely mailing and my book was in good condition. Thanks.Published 2 months 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 3 months 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