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.'
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Non-Fiction Memoir | Non-Fiction Biography
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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