NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Julia's story of her transformative years in France in her own words is "captivating ... her marvelously distinctive voice is present on every page.” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child 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 the Childs across the globe—unfolds with the spirit so key to Julia’s success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of America’s most endearing personalities.
Famed chef Child, who died in 2004, recounts her life in France, beginning with her early days at the Cordon Bleu after WWII. Greenberg, an actress for radio and commercials, does a fine job capturing Child's joie de vivre and unmatched skill as a culinary animateur. We hear Child's delight and excitement when she discovers her calling as a writer and hands-on teacher of haute cuisine; her exasperation as yet another publishing house rejects her ever-growing monster of a manuscript; and her joy at its publication and acclaimed reception after more than a decade of work. Child's opinionated exuberance translates remarkably well to audio, from her initial Brahmin-like dismissal of the new medium of television (why would Americans want to waste a perfectly good evening staring into a box, she wondered?) and frustration at her diplomat husband being investigated in the McCarthy-driven 1950s to her ecstasy about roast chicken and mulish insistence on the one correct method to make French bread at home. The seamless abridgment has no jarring gaps or abrupt transitions to mar the listener's enjoyment. Potential listeners should beware, however: this is not a book to hear on an empty stomach. Bon app tit!Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 13).
My Life in France
This is a marvelous story of Julia Child's life when she lived in Paris and Marseille. This autobiographical sketch is engaging, positive and encouraging. Even if you aren't a cook this is a
Good historical read
Being new to this country in 2001 I lacked the understanding for the reverence and fascination with Julia Child.
This book opened my eyes.
Beautiful scenery and descriptions and as I read I was often hungry.
It is a pity more of the French was not translated as there were whole sentences I was left with no understanding.
Overall a good book giving some insight into an American Icon.
Out to buy her original cookbook now.
My Life in France - a gift from a visionary
I have been lucky to have met Julia Child on several occasions and to have entered the fine wine industry in Napa Valley at the onset of her and Robert Mondavi's vision of wine and food for America. This book is a revelation of the insights Julia saw about capturing and preserving the ways of growing and preparing exquisite cuisine. As I gazed yesterday at the abundance at Napa's Oxbow Market and this afternoon at Bouchon Bakery's pastries and perfect baguettes, I smiled with pleasure and gratitude for the gift of Julia Child. She truly was instrumental in making both food and wine a wonderful lifestyle and career path for me as well as elevating this American life for oh so many of us.