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My Life in France

My Life in France, Copyright 2006, BY JULIA CHILD WITH ALEX PRUD’HOMME

I was lucky enough to visit the Laane family near Bar Harbor, Maine in the summer of 2006 and went to a book reading by Alex Prud’Homme at the fantastic local independent book store, which unfortunately has since closed.  Alex read from this book and told some stories about his Great Aunt Julia, and how they worked on the book before she died.

I loved the book, and how Julia really didn’t get into cooking until she was nearly 40 years old. She spent the entire decade of her forties researching and writing the recipes for Mastering the Art of French Cooking with her two co-writers, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.  She did it with no understanding of how to write a book, or how to go about publishing one, and never made a dime on the project until the 60’s.  She did it out of love, determination and perseverance, and you can tell, as this book still stands as one of the best books on French cooking 50 years later.

I watched Julia Child cook on TV since the 1960’s on Public Television in Canada along with my mother and brother, Tyler. I grew up with her, and with her cookbooks. And I fell in love with her life in France, and with her romance with her husband, Paul.  Julia inspired me to attend Le Cordon Bleu school last June in Paris, and to write this blog. If I am as lucky as Julia, I have a whole other life ahead of me!

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