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My Life in France
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My Life in France

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My Life in France by Julia Child

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In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found her true calling. From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly "soigne" meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn t speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu. After managing to get her degree despite the machinations of the disagreeable "directrice" of the school, Julia started teaching cooking classes herself, then teamed up with two fellow "gourmettes, "Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book they were trying to write on French cooking for Americans. Throwing herself heart and soul into making it a unique and thorough teaching book, only to suffer several rounds of painful rejection, is part of the behind-the-scenes drama that Julia reveals with her inimitable gusto and disarming honesty. Filled with the beautiful black-and-white photographs that Paul loved to take when he was not battling bureaucrats, as well as family snapshots, this memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became. "Le voici. Et bon appetit!""

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400043460
ISBN-10: 1400043468
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 145mm x 29mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Random House Value Publications
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Paperback (November 2011)

First published in 1961, this book is a statement, not of culinary intent, but of aspiration, a commitment to a certain sort of good life, a certain sort of world-view; a votive object implying taste and appetite and a little je ne sais quoi.

Julia's Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child Julia's Kitchen Wisdom, Paperback (June 2009)

Offering solutions, techniques, and recipes, this indispensable little volume is the delicious, comforting, essential compendium of Julia Child's kitchen wisdom--a book no kitchen should be without.

Baking with Julia by Julia Child Baking with Julia, Hardback (November 1996)

Quality baking is more varied, more exciting, and simply more authentic. This title celebrates this tremendous range with recipes that marry sophisticated European techniques to American tastes and ingredients. It features photographs that demonstrate the basic building blocks of the pastry and bread baker's repertoire.

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Author Biography - Julia Child

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She was graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they married they lived in Paris, where she studied at the Cordon Bleu and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking "(1961). In 1963, Boston s WGBH launched "The French Chef "television series, which made her a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. Several public television shows and numerous cookbooks followed. She died in 2004."

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