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Julia Child was born in California and worked for
American intelligence during 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.

My Life in France

Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme

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 FrenchNew York Times

Lively, infectious… Her elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories.Chicago Sun Times

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‘Life itself is the proper binge’ 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 meunière 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 we follow her extraordinary transformation from kitchen ingénue to internationally renowned (and internationally loved) expert in French cuisine. Bursting with Child’s adventurous and humorous spirit, My Life in France captures post-war Paris with wonderful vividness and charm.