The French Chef in America by Alex Prud'homme
Julia Child's Second Act

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The French Chef in America, Alex Prud’homme’s biography of Julia Child – post-Mastering the Art of French Cooking – wastes no time in reminding us of Child’s charm.
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The enchanting story of Julia Child's years as TV personality and beloved cookbook author--a sequel in spirit to My Life in France--by her great-nephew

Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America's first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her "French chef" persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.
 

About Alex Prud'homme

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Alex Prud’homme was born in New York City. A graduate of Middlebury College, he has worked as a fisherman in Australia, an English teacher in Japan, and a janitor in Paris. His other books include Forewarned (with Michael Cherkasky) about terrorism and security, and the New York Times bestseller My Life in France. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published October 4, 2016 by Knopf. 337 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Cooking, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Penny Pleasance on Oct 03 2016

It isn’t until more than halfway through the book that Prud’homme begins to chart Julia’s course post-Mastering Volume II and the second season of The French Chef on PBS which takes us only until 1975. The remainder of the book covers the rest of the story, which feels a bit condensed.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Rebecca Tucker on Oct 12 2016

The French Chef in America, Alex Prud’homme’s biography of Julia Child – post-Mastering the Art of French Cooking – wastes no time in reminding us of Child’s charm.

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