My Life in France: The Life Story of Julia Child
by Julia Child and Olivia Potts
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Pub Date 03 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 20 Oct 2022
The classic memoir of life in post-war Paris by the legendary celebrity chef
When Julia Child arrived in Paris in 1948, ‘a six-foot-two-inch, thirty-six-year-old, rather loud and unserious Californian’, she barely spoke a word of French and didn’t know the first thing about cooking.
As she fell in love with French culture - buying food at local markets, sampling the local bistros, and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu - her life began to change forever. We follow her extraordinary transformation from kitchen ingénue to internationally renowned (and internationally loved) expert in French cuisine.
Bursting with Child’s adventurous and humorous spirit, My Life in France captures post-war Paris with wonderful vividness and charm.
'Whether you have [seen Julie & Julia] or not, you must read this charming, eccentric memoir from Julia Child, a towering figure in the world of cookery' Independent on Sunday
'This idiosyncratic and engaging book captures perfectly Child's innocent introduction to the world of French food... a delightful read, full of wickedly dry wit, mouth-watering descriptions of food and drink and a joie de vivre that is positively infectious' Daily Mail
'Child's exuberant, affectionate and boundlessly charming account... chronicles, in mouth-watering detail, the meals and the food markets that sparked her interest in French cooking, and her growing appreciation of all things French' New York Times
'Luscious... the large-as-life presence of Julia Child looms on every page' Washington Times
'Lively, infectious... Her elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories' Chicago Sun Times
'Captivating... her marvellously distinctive voice is present on every page' San Francisco Chronicle