Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Life in France By Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme - Book Review #2

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Life in France

by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme

On one level, it's the story of how a "6-foot-2-inch, 36-year-old, rather loud and unserious Californian" — her words — discovered the fullness of life in France. On another, it recounts the making of "Julia Child," America's grande dame of French cooking. Inevitably, the stories overlap.

My Life in France is a beautiful memoir of Julia Child – women that changed American cooking forever - filled with gorgeous black-and-white pictures, her husband made during their stay in France. This book captures Julia’s love of France, cooking, friends and, of cause, her husband.

Julia wrote like she spoke, so you can actually hear Julia Child telling you her story. It makes book even more realistic and cozy. Her loving descriptions of after war Europe is so captivating that it make you want to travel back in time to experience everything first hand.

In this book Julia shares how she unexpectedly and, in her opinion, very late in her life, discovered her life passion and how she shared it with people. We are witnessing her classes in Cordon Bleu, her teaching after the graduation and, of cause, a long and difficult creating and publishing process of Mastering the Art of French Cooking masterpiece.

I loved the book, loved Julia’s humor and non-stop energy with which she did everything, with which she lived. I would recommend this book first of all to Julia Child’s fans and to the cooking lovers. I would also recommend it to anyone who is up to light, humorous and honest reading.


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