My Life in France

My Life in France

eBook - 2006
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Here is the captivating story of Julia Child's years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found "her true calling." From the moment she and her husband Paul, who worked for the USIS, arrived in the fall of 1948, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn't speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu. She teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book on French cooking for Americans. Filled with her husband's beautiful black-and-white photographs as well as family snapshots, this memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Bon appétit!--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307264725
0307264726
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Prud'homme, Alex

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May 05, 2018

I adore this book and easily glided through it, glued to every word and every sentence as I made my way to and from work, even foregoing watching TV at night. Julia takes you on her spellbinding journey from falling in love with French cuisine, taking cooking classes at the Cordon Bleu, painstakingly writing her cookbooks, and her transition to her TV cooking shows. I admire her determination, guts, fortitude, and hard work in pursing her passion. This book is also a great escape as you accompany this legendary chef on her culinary adventures throughout France, her shopping excursions, and restaurant experiences. The fascinating details solidify Julia's astronomical contribution of enabling average Americans to conquer French cooking. I have been a big fan of Julia since watching her early TV shows in the 60s and 70s with my mom. Julia inspired my mom to buy one of her cookbooks and prepare the best roast pork on the planet. Julia taught me, an inexperienced teenage cook, how to make delicious green beans provencale. Having read this book, I am now a bigger Julia Child fan and more appreciative of her endeavors.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

New generations discovered Julia Child upon the release of the movie Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep as Julia. If you enjoyed the movie, you will love her memoir. She moved to France in 1948 with her husband Paul, knowing little about French cuisine and even less about the culture and language. She fell in love with French cooking and the rest is history. Based on Julia's letters and memories, this book is a delight. Julia's lively personality shines through on every page. — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

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becker
Nov 06, 2016

I would have never picked this up on my own, but after hearing someone rave about it on a podcast, I was curious to try it. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it. It was a nice little reward for stepping outside my reading comfort zone.

bibliotechnocrat Sep 16, 2014

This is the book the Meryl Streep half of the Julie and Julia movie is based on, and it is a delight. It's a truly personal account of her marriage, her discovery of Food, the dawning realization of her calling, and the problems of the diplomatic life (her husband, Paul Child, worked for the American embassy in Paris). It's so easy to hear her voice as you read about her adventures in post-war France; she was an amazing woman. And don't get me started on the food she describes...

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kay_g_93
May 06, 2014

If you ever have the chance to go to Paris, and adore food, this is a must read before you go, or at least begin on the plane. But, if you've never been to Paris, but adore food, and know of Julia Child its still an exceptional read. It's one tablespoon a love story, a cup of adventure and a bowl full of passion. I'll take seconds.

multcolib_lauralw Feb 10, 2014

Julia's husband Paul Child took the photographs for this wonderful memoir that is part love story and part search for identity fulfillment. Julia Child weaves a savory tale about her life with food and her love with her husband.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

This big, brash girl with no pretensions and a lovely, frank, open-hearted way of looking at others truly found herself in Paris, where she threw herself into French life and of course French cuisine. Her wonderful descriptions of Paris and Marseille in the early fifties were written in chatty prose, as easy and familiar as her cooking shows on television. She relished the good things in life and brings that delight to your life as the lucky reader of this book.

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bigreader69
Jan 04, 2013

Title for March 2013.

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LauralLibrarian
Jun 23, 2012

I savored this love story of Paul and Julia Child.

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hrynkiw
Jun 17, 2012

Originally checked out to read only the section(s) about French bread, but kept running into other interesting tidbits so ended up reading the whole book.

A little bit long on "we went here, and ate this food with this wine", but the sections about her culinary education are often delightful.

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