Author(s): Julia Child
When Julia Child arrived in Paris in 1948, a 'six-foot-two inch, thirty-six-year-old, rather loud and unserious Californian, she spoke barely a few words of French and didn't know the first thing about cooking.
'What's a shallot?' she asked her husband Paul, as they waited for their sole meuniere during their very first lunch in France, which she was to describe later as 'the most exciting meal of my life'.
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, and My Life in France follows her extraordinary transformation from kitchen ingenue to internationally renowned (and loved) expert in French cuisine. Bursting with adventurous and humorous spirit, Julia Child captures post-war Paris with wonderful vividness and charm.
My Life in France inspired the Oscar-winning film Julie and Julia, with a memorable portrayal of the author by Meryl Streep.
'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 '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
Julia Child was born in California and worked for American intelligenceduring World War II; afterwards she lived in Paris, studied at the Cordon Bleu and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of THE bestselling classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). She died in 2004.