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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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I enjoyed this book, although at times, it was a little boring. My son would love this, he is a chef and has probably tried all these recipes and styles of cooking. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Marion Stewart
Very enlightening and interesting to learn more of the life and personality of Julia Child outside of the kitchen. Was able to see a whole new side of this very well known woman.Published 4 days ago by Kathleen S.
I can’t say this was a page turner but really worth the effort. It’s really interesting beyond the culinary aspects. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Joanne
This is a different take on Julia from the one you get through her public persona and biographies of her. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Virgule
Anyone that remembers Julia on her cooking program will enjoy the journey she and Avis traveled getting their first cookbook published.Published 1 month ago by Collette Matheson
Facinating read.. I can hardly set the Kindle down. Each letter is a walk in these fine ladies shoes ...what they think and what is going on in their lives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gloria Osborne
To be honest, I only purchased this book for my Kindle because it was inexpensive and after all, who doesn't adore Julia Child? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Transplanted Kansan
Any couple who has ever fallen in love with Europe one bite at a time - or wants to - need only turn on Edith Piaff, pour a glass of red, pull out the cutting board, and pair off... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer R. Pournelle
Julia Child.. omg.. what a life this woman experienced. It was truly fascinating to read the back and forth correspondence between these two very strong willed women.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mamabear Cherei