My Life in France

My Life in France

By Julia Child; Alex Prud'homme

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307277695, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2007

Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and her television show "The French Chef," but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she 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 them across the globe - unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.

About the Author
The unflappable Julia Child brought the intricacies of French cuisine to American home cooks through her television series and books. "Baking with Julia" is a testament to her know-how and teaching tradition. She died on Aug. 12, 2004 just two days before her 92nd birthday.

Alex Prud'homme was born in New York City. A graduate of Middlebury College, he has worked as a fisherman in Australia, an English teacher in Japan, and a janitor in Paris. His other books include "Forewarned "(with Michael Cherkasky) about terrorism and security, and the "New York Times" bestseller "My Life in France." He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For My Life in France

“A delight.” —The New York Times“What a joy!” —The Washington Post“Endlessly engaging.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer “Inspiring..” —Entertainment Weekly“Delighful and ebulliently written. . . . Her joy just about jumps off the books pages.” —Christian Science Monitor “Lively, infectious. . . . Her elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories.” —Chicago Sun-Times“Captivating. . . . Her marvelously distinctive voice is present on every page.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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