The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 4, 2016
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"A warm, nuanced celebration of ‘Our Lady of the Ladle’ . . . . [Prud’homme] delights with behind-the-scenes details of Child’s later like in the U.S. after years in France. Through extensive conversations with many who worked with Child and those she’s inspired, including Emeril Lagasse and Sara Moulton, Prud’homme explores [Child’s life]. . . . With Prud’hommes’s gentle hand, readers see the truth of Child behind her playful persona." —Publishers Weekly
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"Prud’homme deftly chronicles the years after Julia Child left France and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. . . . As Child’s grandnephew, Prud’homme is able to provide an intimate portrait of Child’s life by sharing photographs, excerpts of key letters and daily journals, and personal memories. He dishes up the story of Child’s life from the strain of the medical issues she and her husband experienced to the pressures and excitement of becoming a trendsetter in televised cooking shows and a household name—in a manner as engaging as Julia Child herself and as delicious as one of her recipes." —Booklist
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"The French Chef in America shows us a newly famous Child, who at times struggles with her celebrity but manages nonetheless to define a new kind of food television and secure her own enduring legacy." —Smithsonian magazine (one of the Best Books About Food of 2016)
"Another opportunity to lap up the timeless kitchen wisdom of one of the world’s greatest cooking teachers. . . . Whereas the writing of Mastering Volume II gets scant coverage in Child’s memoir, Alex Prud’hommne picks up the narrative in The French Chef in America and gives the full backstory." —New York Journal of Books
"An affectionate but journalistically scrupulous backstage account of Child's influential second act. . . . Along with a dollop of culinary arcana, Prud'homme folds some surprises into his soufflé, showing a woman of sometimes contradictory culinary convictions: Child the passionate defender of French tradition who was a relentless agent of change in America and Child the (initial) adversary of nouvelle cuisine who eventually found classical French gastronomy too limiting. We also meet Child the driven, tireless worker, a pragmatist who put herself into the reader's or viewer's shoes; the committed teacher and steadfast friend; the kitchenware junkie; the incorruptible opponent of product plugs; the staunch defender of science who credulously championed flawed food studies; and the nonconformist with a traditionalist streak." —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Knopf; 1st edition (October 4, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385351755
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385351751
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #875,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am loving reading more about Julia, Paul and their life. Well written, enjoyable reading.
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"The French Chef" on WGBH TV (three of those initials stood for, euphemistically or not, "God Bless Harvard", when one of the top people there, as a station Board member, added his assent to a series of Julia's programs). I remember her to this day, her quirky voice and all, loved her then and now.