My Life in France by Julia Child
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Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine 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 was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, 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 with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story – struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe – unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.


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About Julia Child

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Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during WWII; afterwards she lived in Paris, studied at the Cordon Bleu, and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bartholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). In 1963 Boston's WGBH launched "The French Chef" television series, which made Julia Child a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966; subsequent public television shows were "Julia Child & Company" (1978), "Julia Child & More Company" (1980)-both of which were accompanied by cookbooks-and "Dinner at Julia's" (1983), followed by "Cooking with Master Chefs" (1993), "In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs" (1995), and her collaboration with Jacques Pépin, "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home" (1999). The 40th anniversary edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 was published in 2001.Alex Prud'homme is Julia's grandnephew. A freelance writer, his journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and People. He is the author of The Cell Game and the co-author (with Michael Cherkasky) of Forewarned. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published April 4, 2006 by Anchor. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, History, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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How a tall young Californian moved to Paris and discovered her true calling.

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"My Life in France" is Julia Child's exuberant, affectionate and boundlessly charming account of her love affair with French cuisine.

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I didn’t remember who Julia Child was and when I asked my mom she said simply, “She’s famous for cooking.” I’ve never been much of a cook, I try and I am successful in some things, but the passion to cook doesn’t burn deep in my heart.

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Before the movie Julie & Julia hits the theaters in a week or two, take time to learn the backstory by indulging in the New York Times bestseller My Life in France, a memoir written by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme.

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Bowled over by the foods of France, Julia Child brought them into America's kitchens

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Book Reporter

In her memoir, we discover that Julia Child was not born with a wooden spoon in her hand;

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Christian Science Monitor

Her first attempts at cooking were fairly disastrous, which only made her more determined.It wasn't until two years later, in 1948, when her husband, Paul, took a job in Paris with the United States Information Service that Child found the inspiration for what would become a brilliant culinary ca...

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I wasn’t ever planning on reading Julie & Julia, because the Julie portion annoys me, but I wanted to know more about Julia Child.

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Patheos

My Life in France is the charming and fascinatingly told story of Julia Child and her husband living in France.

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Tulsa World

In a characteristically chatty letter from Paris to her sister-in-law, Freddie, Julia Child expresses curiosity about a "newfangled sensation" called television.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Worth Star Telegram 4 of 5 Stars"My Life in France is a warm, touching, and endlessly engaging account of how [Child] channeled her enthusiasm for living large into an indefatigable pursuit of her kitchen calling.

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