My Life in France - Julia Child & Alex Prud'homme

My Life in France

By Julia Child & Alex Prud'homme

  • Release Date: 2006-04-04
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 157 Ratings)
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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.


  • Good historical read

    By Just Get It Now!
    Being new to this country in 2001 I lacked the understanding for the reverence and fascination with Julia Child. This book opened my eyes. Beautiful scenery and descriptions and as I read I was often hungry. It is a pity more of the French was not translated as there were whole sentences I was left with no understanding. Overall a good book giving some insight into an American Icon. Out to buy her original cookbook now.
  • Julia's Book

    By For all cooks
    I will read this book over again to savor the very flavor of all she has inspired in me! What a truly wonderful book!
  • My Life in France

    By DrDeb7
    This is a marvelous story of Julia Child's life when she lived in Paris and Marseille. This autobiographical sketch is engaging, positive and encouraging. Even if you aren't a cook this is a marvelous read!
  • My Life in France - a gift from a visionary

    By Insightnapa
    I have been lucky to have met Julia Child on several occasions and to have entered the fine wine industry in Napa Valley at the onset of her and Robert Mondavi's vision of wine and food for America. This book is a revelation of the insights Julia saw about capturing and preserving the ways of growing and preparing exquisite cuisine. As I gazed yesterday at the abundance at Napa's Oxbow Market and this afternoon at Bouchon Bakery's pastries and perfect baguettes, I smiled with pleasure and gratitude for the gift of Julia Child. She truly was instrumental in making both food and wine a wonderful lifestyle and career path for me as well as elevating this American life for oh so many of us.
  • My Life in France

    By ferdboyce
    An absolutely delightful read. Each chapter is filled with events that illuminate her awakening to the realization of food as experience rather than sustenance. If the few pages that describe her first meal with Paul in France (pp 22-26 in the "freview") don't charm you into submission . . . nothing will. Thank you, Julia.