Paul Child wrote that his wife, Julia “brought out the best in a polecat.” Therefore it’s not surprising that with her jubilant voice and ability to whisk heart-stopping amounts of butter into exquisite French cuisine, Julia Child charmed the taste buds and the hearts of millions of hungry Americans.
As the designated selector of books for team road trips, I recently chose My Life in France on audiobook for our listening pleasure. In this collection of autobiographical vignettes, Julia Child shares memories of her life in France with her husband. From her early days at Le Cordon Bleu to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking to leaving France for Cambridge in 1974, My Life in France was as delightful to “read” as it might be to taste her renowned boeuf bourguignon.
By the way, if you haven’t seen Julie & Julia, the 2009 film about Julia Child’s early culinary career and Julie Powell’s race to create all 524 recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days, I highly recommend it. Bon Appétit!