As Always, Julia

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As Always, Julia

The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto: Food, Friendship, and the Making of a Masterpiece

By Joan Reardon (Editor)

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547417714, 416pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2010

With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But despite that familiarity, how muchdo we really know of the inner Julia? Now more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably introduced in the hit movie Julie & Julia, open the window on Julia's deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women and the turbulent process of Julia's creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show Julia, firstas a new bridein Paris, then becoming increasingly worldly and adventuresomeas she follows her diplomat husbandin his postingsto Nice, Germany, and Norway.With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon, and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in the United States, McCarthyism, andsexual mores, these astonishingletters show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.

Praise For As Always, Julia

"An absorbing portrait of an unexpected friendship."
-Entertainment Weekly

"The spirit of the indomitable Julia Child lives on in Joan Reardon’s AS ALWAYS, JULIA, a saucy soup-to-nuts compilation of the correspondence between Child and lifelong friend Avis DeVoto. As Julia said, ‘Life itself is the proper binge.’ Let’s live it up!"
– Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair, Dec. issue

"The women’s frank, tender letters are an absolute delight to read, as much for their mouthwatering discussion of cuisine as for the palpable fondness they portray for one another. In an early note, DeVoto calls Child’s evolving manuscript "as exciting as a novel to read," and, indeed, so are their conversations."
-Booklist, starred review 
"This epistolary testament to a close friendship will surely appeal to Child fans."
- Kirkus Reviews "Witty, enlightening and entertaining, these letters serve as a compelling companion volume to Mastering the Art of French Cooking."
- Publishers Weekly