Saturday, February 18, 2017

The French Chef in America- Julia Child's Second Act

I never really knew a lot about Julia Child.... until now.

You know, that famous French chef who was famous to Americans but not to the French (first). Ironic,isn't it?

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Alex Prud-Homme is the co author of "My Life in France" and also reads this audio book outloud to you. It is nice when it is the author itself who is doing the voice over for the book he wrote. It isn't always a common theme that the author does this so it was a real treat.

It sounds like you are sitting in an interview and listening to Alex talk, sometimes in the third person, about meeting Julia Child and who she was as a person... Not just the chef, but the person who made the chef.

You get taken back in time when it may seem that things were more simple, but they were not, even if they appeared so. The way he tells the story you feel like you are not only in an interview but you can see it too.

In putting this on instead of the radio, which is a big deal for me, in the car is like putting it to the test because I love me my music. The car is the only place that I can put music on and allow myself to think less and just drive and listen. When I put this compact disc in, I was surprised that even my son, who is six years old, was listening to it with intrigue.

It was suddenly quite in my car as we both listened to it on the way to MOPS. He is normally one to voice when he doesn't like something and he seemed to really enjoy listening to the story.

You learn about Julia Child, her marriage, her outlook on life, her career and what being an outsider looking into that looked like.

About the (audio) book:
The enchanting story of Julia Child's years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author, a sequel-in-spirit toMy Life in France--by her great-nephew. Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, Alex Prud'homme, Child's great-nephew and My Life in France co-author, vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America's First Lady of French Food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, the book uncovers the Julia Child beyond her "French Chef" persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first."

I give this audio book ☀☀☀☀ of five.

* I was given this audio book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review * 

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