Thursday, August 23, 2012

Staff Pick: My Life in France


Title:  My Life in France
Author:  Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme

This book was my favorite choice from "Blind Date with a Book" which was part of the CPPL Adult Summer Reading Program.  Child's autobiography with the help of her husband's grandnephew is a delightful account of her life with her beloved husband, Paul.  He worked for the United States Information Service which landed them in France in the beginning of their marriage.  Julia's descriptions of acquiring her culinary skills which began in Paris and of living in different countries are filled with humor.  She doesn't hold back in her descriptions of people in her life, of the tasks of writing cookbooks and of demonstrating her cooking skills on television, or of her husband's trials in working for the government.  Paul's interrogation by Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigators is addressed.  Julia's love of life is evident.  This is not a cookbook, but it does give one the background to the writing of the best French cookbooks for Americans.  If you didn't get a chance to choose a book during this summer's "Blind Date with a Book" program, make a choice the next time the program is available because you will probably enjoy all your choices as I did.  Bonne lecture!

Reviewed by Mary

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