Julia Child: A Life

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Penguin, Apr 5, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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With a swooping voice, an irrepressible sense of humor, and a passion for good food, Julia Child ushered in the nation’s culinary renaissance. In Julia Child, award-winning food writer Laura Shapiro tells the story of Child’s unlikely career path, from California party girl to coolheaded chief clerk in a World War II spy station to bewildered amateur cook and finally to the Cordon Bleu in Paris, the school that inspired her calling. A food lover who was quintessentially American, right down to her little-known recipe for classic tuna fish casserole, Shapiro’s Julia Child personifies her own most famous lesson: that learning how to cook means learning how to live.

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I really, really admire Julia Child more than ever and I want to learn more about her! Read full review

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Glad I picked this one up. Apart from seeing her kitchen in the Smithsonian and hearing bits about her at Smith and owning her cookbooks, and maybe seeing an episode or two of her show, I knew nothing ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Laura Shapiro was on staff at "Newsweek "and is a contributor to the "New York Times, Rolling Stone, Granta, "and "Gourmet. "She is the author of "Julia Child "and "Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America.

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