15 Aug

Before reading My Life in France, I only had a marginal interest in Julia Child.  Actually, I didn’t even think I would really like this book (it was in a box of books that I purchased at a yard sale). After all, I wasn’t that interested in cooking, so what could this chef possibly have to offer that would be of any interest to me?

I began by skimming the photographs – then one word led to another and this book moved through me so fast that it made me dizzy. It was over nearly before it began. I didn’t even realize it but I had read 302 pages in a blink. Stunning. Marvelous. Spellbinding.

I met a Julia Child (1912-2004) I didn’t know existed: romantic; heartwarming; loving; funny; nostalgic; educated. She pulled me into her life with very little effort at all. We walked, arm in arm, through the streets of France, laughing like schoolchildren. We decorated her apartment and cooked in her kitchen. I met her friends, and her devoted husband Paul, of 48 years at his death in 1994; and, 58 years at her death in 2004.

Julia and Paul Child led an extraordinary life. Some say they were spies. Entrusted with secrets; writing in code …….. During WW2 they both worked for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, predecessor to the CIA), and in the 1950s, they were swept up in the witch hunt of McCarthyism.

There was more to Julia Child than cooking. Such a fascinating read that I now look at her and her books, including her cook books, with a different perspective.

Merci, mon ami. Je t’adore! Et comme tu dis, bon appetit!

Written in collaboration with Alex Prud’homme

Published posthumously by Alfred A. Knopf, a trademark of Random House 2006

autobiography/first edition


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