The Tenth Muse

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 290 pages
From the legendary editor who helped shape modern cookbook publishing—one of the food world’s most admired figures—an evocative and inspiring memoir.

Living in Paris after World War II, Judith Jones broke free of the bland American food she had been raised on and reveled in everyday French culinary delights. On returning to the States—hoping to bring somejoie de cuisineto America—she published Julia Child’sMastering the Art of French Cooking.The rest is publishing and gastronomic history.

A new world now opened up to Jones: discovering, with her husband, Evan, the delights ofAmericanfood; working with the tireless Julia; absorbing the wisdom of James Beard; understanding food as memory through the writings of Claudia Roden and Madhur Jaffrey; demystifying the techniques of Chinese cookery with Irene Kuo; absorbing the Italian way through the warmth of Lidia Bastianich; and working with Edna Lewis, Marion Cunningham, Joan Nathan, and other groundbreaking cooks.

Jones considers matters of taste (can it be acquired?). She discusses the vagaries of vegetable gardening in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the joys of foraging in the woods and meadows. And she writes about M.F.K. Fisher: as mentor, friend, and the source of luminous insight into the arts of eating, living, and aging.

Embellished with fifty recipes—each with its own story and special tips—this is an absolutely charming memoir by a woman who was present at the creation of the American food revolution and played a seminal role in shaping it.

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

When I went over to my grandmother’s house on the weekends, I would undoubtedly find myself making cookies or banana bread or some other such thing on one of the days we were together. For her it was ... Read full review

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People who enjoyed Julia Child's memoir, [book: My Life in France] will probably enjoy this one as well. Judith Jones was Julia Child's editor and also worked with most of the other famous cookbook ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Judith Jones is senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf, where she has worked since 1957. She is the coauthor with Evan Jones of three books: The Book of Bread; Knead It, Punch It, Bake It! (for children); and The Book of New New England Cookery. She also collaborated with Angus Cameron on The L. L. Bean Game and Fish Cookbook. Recently, she has contributed to Vogue, Saveur, and Gourmet magazines. In 2006, she was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in New York City and Vermont.

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