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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (37,617 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Child, Alex Prud’Homme Narrator: Flo Salant Greenberg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found ‘her true calling.’

From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigné meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn’t speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu.

After managing to get her degree despite the machinations of the disagreeable directrice of the school, Julia started teaching cooking classes herself, then teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book they were trying to write on French cooking for Americans. Throwing herself heart and soul into making it a unique and thorough teaching book, only to suffer several rounds of painful rejection, is part of the behind-the-scenes drama that Julia reveals with her inimitable gusto and disarming honesty.

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  • Exuberant, affectionate, and boundlessly charming . . . It chronicles, in mouth-watering detail, the meals and the food markets the sparked her interest in French cooking . . . It also tells the story of the inspired partnership between Child . . . and her husband, Paul . . . Every day in France brought a thrilling new discovery, but Child’s capacity for wonder and delight co-existed with ‘show me’ skepticism . . . It is a wonderful picture of the most successful American export to France since Benjamin Franklin. William Grimes, The New York Times
  • “In mouth-watering detail, her learning years in Paris and the stellar career that followed. Meeta Agrawal, Life Magazine
  • “Captures her charm, warmth, and, above all, her determined and robust spirit . . . Anyone who has heard her on television will immediately recognize the frank, jovial, and embracing tone. John Skoyles, The Seattle Times/Associated Press


    “What a joy . . . charming . . . inspiring.
  • Like a surprise nougat bursting from the center of a chocolate truffle, My Life in France also serves up her moving romance with the Renaissance man of her life . . . her husband, Paul Child. Andrew Marton, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hannah | 2/2/2014

    " Loved it. Love Julia Child and her passion for food, life and France. Loved how much she loved her husband. Loved that she spent 4 pages on an entire TV career and an entire chapter on finding the perfect recipe for French bread. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mella Ann | 1/31/2014

    " Loved this book! Julia's motivation, hard work, and passion are inspiring. And her relationship with Paul is beautiful. It was great to read such a positive true story and to learn about French cooking along the way. Don't read on an empty stomach though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ana-maria | 1/30/2014

    " I devoured this book while being sick in bed. I think my favorite thing about this book was her portrayal of her beautiful relationship with Paul. I loved their quirkiness, their full support of each other's endeavors, and just a general life of adventure as a couple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie Mcdorman | 1/27/2014

    " SUCH an amazing woman, life and story! Took me more than a few pages to get into it, but then wow! "

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