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My Life in France.

Culinary History] Child, Julia with Alex Prud'homme.

Published by Knopf, New York, 2006
ISBN 10: 1400043468 / ISBN 13: 9781400043460
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Title: My Life in France.

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition


A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. This memoir by Julia Child of her life in France was the source book for the movie Julie & Julia that depicts her introduction to French food and where she found her culinary calling. Her story begins in 1948 when Julia first landed in Le Havre, France and follows her personal awakening that changed her life. She enrolled in the Cordon Bleu, received her degree and began teaching cooking classes with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. This trio of gastronomics would eventually team up to write the first volume of what would become "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". This book documents Julia Child's transformation from the one-time government worker to one of the world's most famous chefs. Bookseller Inventory # 23899

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Synopsis: In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child?s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found ?her true calling.?

From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigné meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn?t speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu.

After managing to get her degree despite the machinations of the disagreeable directrice of the school, Julia started teaching cooking classes herself, then teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book they were trying to write on French cooking for Americans. Throwing herself heart and soul into making it a unique and thorough teaching book, only to suffer several rounds of painful rejection, is part of the behind-the-scenes drama that Julia reveals with her inimitable gusto and disarming honesty.

Filled with the beautiful black-and-white photographs that Paul loved to take when he was not battling bureaucrats, as well as family snapshots, this memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

Le voici. Et bon appétit!

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Julia Child single handedly awakened America to the pleasures of good cooking 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 didn't know the first thing about cooking when she landed in France.

Indeed, when she first arrived in 1948 with her husband, Paul, 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. Julia's unforgettable story unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a cook and teacher and writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.

Julie & Julia is now a major motion picture (releasing in August 2009) starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child. It is partially based on her memoir, My Life in France. Enjoy these images from the film, and click the thumbnails to see larger images.

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