My Life in France (CompactDisc)

Author: Child, Julia

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This delightful memoir of Julia's years in Paris, Marseilles, and Provence opens with Paul and Julia--a tall, wide-eyed girl from Pasadena who can't cook and doesn't speak a word of French--disembarking in Le Havre, and ends with the launching of the two "Mastering" cookbooks and Julia winning the heart of America as "The French Chef." Abridged. 5 CDs.


Publisher Random House Audio Assets
Mfg Part# 9780739325261
SKU 202098789
Format CD
ISBN10 0739325264
Release Date 6/23/2009
Author Info
Julia Child
The world-renowned chef Julia Child did not start cooking until she was in her 30s, discovering French cuisine several years later, when her husband Paul Child, a foreign service officer, was reassigned to Paris, where she began taking classes at the Cordon Bleu cooking school. "I'd been looking for my life's work all along," she said of this experience. "And when I got into cooking I found it." During her Paris years, she met Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, her future collaborators on the influential two-volume MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING. In the 1960s and '70s, Child launched the American craze for good cooking, primarily through her TV program, THE FRENCH CHEF. She was 6'2", hefty, and famously messy in the kitchen; her droll, comfortable persona, and the casualness with which she imparted the techniques of French cuisine, took the mystery out of the subject, and her admirers numbered in the millions. She was the author of numerous books on all aspects of cooking; she also hosted many other television shows, collaborated with celebrated chefs, and over a long career held onto her position as America's favorite cook. In 2000, she was awarded a medal of the Legion of Honor by the French government. In 2001, she moved from Cambridge, her longtime home, to California--for the weather, she said. Julia Child died in her sleep at the age of 92, in an assisted living facility north of Los Angeles. A posthumously published autobiography, MY LIFE IN FRANCE, shared how her love of French food transformed into a trend-setting career.
"Mr. Prud'homme...managed, by stitching together interviews and letters, to construct a coherent, fluid narrative, much of it edited by Child, that rings absolutely true to the sound of her voice. It is a wonderful picture of the most successful American export to France since Benjamin Franklin."
"MY LIFE IN FRANCE," is an affectionate merci for all that France gave her...a delight...."
[A]n enchanting book, a love story on several levels."
From the Publisher
Annotation Written with her grandnephew, Julia Child's infectiously readable memoir uses years of letters to create a wonderful narrative both about her love affair with the food and culture of France, and as homage to the warm, loving relationship with her husband, Paul. Beginning with the awakening of her taste buds during a flavorful meal of oysters and deceptively simple Dover sole in butter en route to Paris, the story follows Julia Child's six-year stint in France, the process of writing MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING, and her fame as a television chef. Lessons at the Cordon Bleu, meals all over France, and the Childs' globe-trotting lifestyle are woven in with care, showcasing Julia Child's intense enjoyment of everything life had to offer. With Paul Child's B&W photographs. A 2006 Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.
First Line At five-forty-five in the morning, Paul and I rousted ourselves from our warm bunk and peered out of the small porthole in our cabin aboard the SS America.
Editors Note A memoir begun just months before Child's death describes the legendary food expert's years in Paris, Marseille, and Provence and her journey from a young woman from Pasadena who cannot cook or speak any French to the publication of her legendary Mastering cookbooks and her winning the hearts of America as "The French Chef." Simultaneous.
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Book Format Audio Cassette - Abridged / Audio CD - Abridged
Number of Pages 3
Publisher Random House Audio Assets
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