The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
On Sale: December 1, 2010
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With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around
the world by her first name alone. But despite that
familiarity, how much do we really know of the inner Julia?
Now more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis
DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably
introduced in the hit movie Julie & Julia, open the window
on Julia’s deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting
correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the
blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the
two women and the turbulent process of Julia’s creation of
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most
influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny,
exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show
Julia, first as a new bride in Paris, then becoming
increasingly worldly and adventuresome as she follows her
diplomat husband in his postings to Nice, Germany, and Norway.
With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon,
and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in
the United States, McCarthyism, and sexual mores, these
astonishing letters show America on the verge of political,
social, and gastronomic transformation.
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