My Life in France

My Life in France

Book - 2007
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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."--p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Knopf / Anchor Books, 2007, c2006.
ISBN: 9781400043460
Call Number: 921 CHILD
Characteristics: xi, 352 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Child, Julia.
Cooking, French.
Cooks -- United States -- Biography.
Cooks -- France -- Biography.
Additional Contributors: Prud'homme, Alex


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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

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...

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.

Jan 04, 2013

Title for March 2013.

Jun 23, 2012

I savored this love story of Paul and Julia Child.

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.

Mar 03, 2012

I really enjoyed this book and loved the description of the restaurants that she and Paul went to when they first arrived and how she, a self admitted non-cook in her late 30s, became a cook by diving into French culture by learning the language, the customs of buying food at a local market and by taking classes at the famed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris (which was also attended by the author of Kitchen Counter School) in the late 1940s. While I am not a cook myself (as you probably all know by know), I could really appreciate the chance that Julia took to learn to become an accomplished cook (she came across as the sort of person that has the expectations to become an accomplished cook; I think also the fact that she was trying to get to the same sort of level as Paul's mother had a large effect on her) and even though I probably will never get to the level of Julia herself (somehow we always compare ourselves to her), I think even taking the chance to cook or bake something is a step in the right direction.

I did appreciate her frankness about her frustration in writing the first cookbook and even though there was great success with the second one as well, she didn't bow into pressure into writing a third book. I also appreciate that the book felt personal, even though it was only a glance into her private life, and that not everything was perfect and how she worried about things just like we all worry about things and how concerns about what was going on in Paul's work in the 1950s was of equal concern for her and probably didn't make things any easier when living abroad in Europe, far away from family and friends in the States.

Also, I appreciated that she didn't constantly talk about food in the book and that you felt like you got to know Julia and her husband, albeit on a surface level, and the fun little facts that she passed along in the book (did you know that Judith Jones, the editor for Mastering Vol.1 & 2, was the person that got The Diary of Anne Frank into the hands of American readers in the 1950s, when it was just sitting on "the pile" of manuscripts that had been submitted to her while she was working for Random House in Paris?) that made the book enjoyable to read.

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