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My Life in France
by Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme

Published: 2007-10-09
Paperback : 368 pages
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The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France—and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams—in her own words.
Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her ...
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The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France—and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams—in her own words.
Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, Julia Child was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story—struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took the Childs across the globe—unfolds with the spirit so key to Julia’s success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of America’s most endearing personalities.

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by khiemstra (see profile) 05/13/16
The lack of translation for many French words frustrated readers who were not familiar with the French language. Several did not finish reading the book.

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by brenstuhr (see profile) 06/08/16

 
by khiemstra (see profile) 05/13/16

 
  "Really Inspiring Story"by jtauer (see profile) 07/17/11

 
  "Our book club didn't like it"by chkahn12 (see profile) 09/09/10

Well in our group of 13 I think two people read it all the way through! The only part I liked was the last part that was like the movie. We didn't even discuss the book. I felt it was painful to read.... (read more)

 
  "My Life in France"by Nattyb1 (see profile) 04/21/10

 
  "Beautiful story which produced a lively discussion of our favorite meals!"by ghuntington (see profile) 04/16/10

 
  "My Life in France"by cyin2020 (see profile) 02/18/10

Joyfu memoir of Julia Child's life. Great read for any food lover and lover of life.

 
  "fun read about an interesting person in our culinary history"by bingie (see profile) 01/23/10

Julia Child, what a character! Passion, humor, cooking, and France. How could you not enjoy that?

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