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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 was sorry when the book ended and would love to read more about both women.
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!
This is a wonderful collection of correspondences between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.
This collection of letters is extremely well put together - it is fascinating. I learned a lot about Julia Child, and it was very interesting to come to understand the passion and... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Chaunie Langland
What a commentary into a growing friendship and lives of 2 fascinating ladies! As delightful as the friendship growth was to read, their observations about living through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lifeisgood
Reading source material provides an intimate look into a person's life, without filtering (except, of course, for what documents have been chosen by the editor and the filtering... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deborah A. Schroth
These were two highly intelligent women, committed to fine cooking but also intellectual, exuberant, well organized, and likable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wanda H. Giles
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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago by Collette Matheson