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October 24, 2016

The French Chef in America

I love Julia Child, and almost always enjoy anything written about her, so I was especially happy to find this new book waiting for me at the library last week.  It was written by her great-nephew, who also collaborated with her on her memoir, My Life in France, and picks up her story in the early 1960s, when Paul Child retired from government work, the Childs returned to Cambridge, Mastering the Art of French Cooking was finally completed, The French Chef first aired on Boston's public television station, and Julia embarked on the most extraordinary part of her career. {Remembering that she was in her fifties is wonderful in itself.}

Some of the stories were already familiar, and some of her experiences were a little more businesslike, and challenging, and a little less romantic than her years in France, but reading about them reminds me how accomplished she really was. {And, with  perfect timing, there was her wonderful voice, talking about something we now have in common, with a few lines that made me love her even more.} Alex Prud'homme also offered a lot of interesting background about Americans' changing relationship with food — things, like nouvelle cuisine, that I grew up hearing about without really knowing much about them.  All in all, this was an engaging and very enjoyable book, about someone I think I'll never get tired of reading about.

The French Chef in America:  Julia Child's Second Act, by Alex Prud'homme
Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Borrowed from the library


Lisa said...

I hope our library system has this! I really enjoyed the memoir that they collaborated on.

Karen K. said...

Ooh! I hadn't heard of this one, I'll definitely look for it. I finally got around to read Appetite For Life which is an excellent biography of Julia Child by Noel Riley Fitch. It was about 500 pages long but really worth reading if you're a Julia fan.

JoAnn said...

I'm so excited to hear about this book!! I loved My Life in France on audio and will probably go that route with this one, too... hopefully in November.

Anonymous said...

Sounds excellent!

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