My Life In France Julia Child
Those who loved Julie and Julia, the hit film starring Meryl Streep as the much-loved TV chef, will find that this autobiography already feels strangely familiar. Written in Julia’s nineties, shortly before she died, it perfectly captures her uniquely hooting voice, her meticulous approach to cooking and her genuine adoration of France.
Happily married to government employee Paul Child, Julia went wherever he was posted- and after the war, that was Paris. Initially intimidated, she swiftly found a way in via her love of French cuisine. Julia bravely attended the famed Cordon Bleu cooking school, where she was sneered at for being just a housewife- until, of course, she proved them all wrong.
This sunny, evocative memoir conjures the lavish glory of French food, post-rationing, and the problems and triumphs of creating her great work, Mastering The Art Of French Cooking. Later on, she and Paul were forced to move to Germany- which she hated- then Norway, before returning to France, and the pine-scented hills, herbs and seafood of Provence.
Like a holiday for the soul, it’s impossible to read this book and not fall a little bit in love with Julia- and most of all with the wonder of real French food; regardless of whether or not you can boil an oeuf en cocotte.