And my first time for my blog today is a book report for you all. Yes, I know a boring book report based on a book you may or may not have liked and a book that you were probably forced to read. Fortunately, I am not in elementary school anymore because that would just be weird, pregnant and in elementary school, yah weird...
A few weeks ago, I found Julia Child's book, My Life in France at a local thrift store.
I admit what I knew of Julia Child was from the movie Julie and Julia, which was that she was older when she started cooking, she married when she was 34 years old and her husband was 10 years her senior. And that she was extremely tall (6'2") and that she was born and raised in Pasadena, which is about 20 minutes from where I live.
This book commences right when she and Paul, her husband, arrive in France. Right from the beginning, you understand the purpose of the book.
The detail of the meals, their apartment, the market, the French people they came into contact on a daily basis was very descriptive.
Julia Child thoroughly described from her first day of being at Le Cordon Bleu, to opening up a cooking school with two other French women who would later be co-authors of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Throughout the book, Julia showed her determination to assimilate with the French culture by learning their language, their customs, and their way of living post World War II.
My Life in France did a great job of detailing the hard and endless work Julia Child endured to write a cook book that no author had done before, take recipes from one culture and translate them into another culture. She tells of their many travels while stationed in Europe and how after France, her TV cooking show began.
The book is an easy read and if you are looking for an in-depth book on Julia Child read this book for sure.
Now I just want to make Julia Child's beef bourguignon, eat croissant and fromage. The wine part of my meal will have come in a few months ;-) Don't be surprised if you get hungry too while reading this book.
I'll leave you with a few words of wisdom Julia...