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My Life in France

 

 


Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep in movie Julie & Julia

My Life in France
by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme

I just finished reading My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, a nice follow-up to the movie Julie & Julia. Julia Child, famous as a television chef and as a co-author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, wrote My Life in France towards the end of her life. Her husband’s grandnephew assisted her in writing the book. The book tells of Julia Child’s life in France from November 1948 through the decade of the fifties, and of her stays in France thereafter. She lived in France with her husband Paul Child who worked putting together exhibits for the American foreign service. Julia’s first meal in a French restaurant was an epiphany for her. She eventually took cooking lessons at the Cordon Bleu and then gave cooking lessons with two Frenchwomen Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she collaborated on the famous cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The book tells of her work in writing the cookbook over a period of a few years and in getting it published in 1961. Back in the United States, Julia appeared in WGBH Boston’s TV show The French Chef and became a national celebrity. My Life in France is well written and always interesting. It communicates the joy that Julia Child took in French cuisine and in France in general.

I am not planning to read Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell, the other book that inspired the movie Julie & Julia. Having read a few reviews of it, I believe that I would not be interested in a book with a lot of foul language and a lot of whining by a person who comes across to many as an unpleasant, unsympathetic individual.

My Life in France, amazon.com