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My Life In France
by Julia Child
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Knopf, 2006 (2006)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lisa Respers France

No one had a bigger influence on the culinary landscape of America than Julia Child. With her unabashed love of good food and wine, she introduced the country to a brand new way of cooking, eating and an appreciation of French cuisine. My Life In France explores the years, beginning in 1948, when Julia and her husband Paul lived in Paris and Marseille and first fell in love with all things French.

With aid from Paul's grandnephew, Alex Prud'homme, Child shares the sights and sounds of life in France during that time. Her recollections of everything from her time at the famed cooking school Cordon Bleu to the friends she made, are rich, delicious and satisfying. Filled with black and white photos, the book blends together memories for a perfect feast of a memoir that is also a love letter to a country and an era.

Though Child died before the book was completed, Prud'homme has stayed true to her voice with a prose that is all Child - straightforward, entertaining and educational. Foodies will be delighted. Bon Appétit!

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