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Julia Child single handedly awakened America to the pleasures of good cooking with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she didn't know the first thing about cooking when she landed in France.
Indeed, when she first arrived in 1948 with her husband, Paul, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever. Julia's unforgettable story unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a cook and teacher and writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.
Julie & Julia is now a major motion picture (releasing in August 2009) starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child. It is partially based on her memoir, My Life in France. Enjoy these images from the film, and click the thumbnails to see larger images.
Famed chef Child, who died in 2004, recounts her life in France, beginning with her early days at the Cordon Bleu after WWII. Greenberg, an actress for radio and commercials, does a fine job capturing Child's joie de vivre and unmatched skill as a culinary animateur. We hear Child's delight and excitement when she discovers her calling as a writer and hands-on teacher of haute cuisine; her exasperation as yet another publishing house rejects her ever-growing monster of a manuscript; and her joy at its publication and acclaimed reception after more than a decade of work. Child's opinionated exuberance translates remarkably well to audio, from her initial Brahmin-like dismissal of the new medium of television (why would Americans want to waste a perfectly good evening staring into a box, she wondered?) and frustration at her diplomat husband being investigated in the McCarthy-driven 1950s to her ecstasy about roast chicken and mulish insistence on the one correct method to make French bread at home. The seamless abridgment has no jarring gaps or abrupt transitions to mar the listener's enjoyment. Potential listeners should beware, however: this is not a book to hear on an empty stomach. Bon appétit!
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was very well put together and chock-full of details. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by palliative nurse
Wonderful insight into one of the most interesting and improbable lives --- we all knew Julia so well from her cooking shows and books, but this book let's understand why she was... Read morePublished 6 days ago by mac
Super, made be start rereading her cookbooks with new eyes and appreciation.Published 7 days ago by Anna Wahlund
I really enjoyed this book--it was entertaining and I learned a lot about Julia Child's life while she lived in France. Read morePublished 18 days ago by EverydayReader
I've been planning to read this book since I saw it referenced in "Julie and Julia." Glad I did. I have been a Julia Child fan forever. Quick delivery.Published 18 days ago by Kristea Hensen
Great book. Julia Child is fascinating!!! Very glad I read the book. I highly recommend it.Published 19 days ago by K. Porter
I'm enjoying the book very much; I won't touch on points others have, but would just add that I think a glossary of the French terms would have added to the book and been helpful. Read morePublished 21 days ago by N. Johnson