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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: April 2006 ISBN: 9780739325278
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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, en route to Paris, in the fall of 1948, 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.

This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Here, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.


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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 1/21/2014

    " Lovely book. I want to book the next flight out to Paris and eat at amazing restaurants. Instead I'll have to get one of her cookbooks and try some recipes. Julia didn't get married till she was 34 and didn't find her true calling until she was in her late 30's. There's hope! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Macee | 1/14/2014

    " Really, just so delightful. Julia's love affair with France and food, and the story of Mastering The Art of French Cooking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Hopps | 1/6/2014

    " I started reading about food and cooking during college, thanks to the influence of a college girlfriend. I loved the Julia Child cooking shows. This book was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AM | 12/29/2013

    " Her passion for food, life and her husband came through with so much energy and joy. It was such fun. Felt like I learned a lot about post WWII as well and why I would never ever want to write a cook book! OMG... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viv | 12/24/2013

    " This book was an absolute joy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alessandra Dreyer | 5/2/2013

    " Child's autobiography is one of the warmest books I've read in a long time. The ebullient personality that Child possessed shines through. Child goes into great detail about her life after her marriage and the experience in France that lead her to co-write "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 4/10/2013

    " There's really only one phrase needed to sum up this memoir: "joie de vivre." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marybeth | 1/6/2013

    " Julia is my imaginary friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Lowrey | 11/24/2012

    " So enjoyable if a tiny bit self-serving "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaynol | 9/28/2012

    " Loved this account of Julia's time in France. Enchanting not only for her experiences but for her ability to portray the time and place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geri | 9/20/2012

    " This was a fun book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haley | 8/15/2012

    " Though it seemed long, I enjoyed the romantic view of Paris post-WWII from the eyes of Julia Child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie Kanter | 6/21/2012

    " Incredibly compelling story and writing style. Julia reveals her deepest feelings and truest aspirations as if she were talking to a close friend. Truly admirable, driven, and compassionate individual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Ward | 2/12/2012

    " authentic voice, as careful in describing her life and experiences as she was in the kitchen. Bravo Julia. Bravo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha Wargin | 7/7/2011

    " Sweet book just too dry after their Paris experience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna | 6/10/2011

    " LOVE this book. Her voice describes the food with such passion that you want to make what she talks about. Maybe that's why I've bought both volume of mastering the art..love she has for her husband for France and making the perfect omelet speak volumes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 5/22/2011

    " The story of Julia and Paul Child during their years in Paris, where Julia learned to cook. I absolutely LOVED this book! Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 5/18/2011

    " It was ok, but not spectacular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/18/2011

    " This was an easy read, and oh so charming. It was fun to read about how Julia spent her time getting trained in the art of French cuisine, and the lead up to her own cooking show. Higly recommended reading for a lazy Sunday afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 5/15/2011

    " Fun read, especially for me since I live in the middle of the setting for this story. I see these buildings and restaurants and the history. By the way, the apartments still don't have heating or air conditioning in Paris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2011

    " I want to go to there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 5/13/2011

    " As inspiring as it was completely charming. This book made me want to learn french and learn more about cooking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/11/2011

    " I enjoyed finding out so much more of how Julia Child became the French Chef. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessee | 5/10/2011

    " Made me want to love Paris, live abroad, buy Mastering the Art of French Cooking and, of course, eat! Not necessarily in that order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 5/9/2011

    " I was disappointed in this book. The second half of the book was pretty good, but the first half was just soooo slow. "

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About the Author
Author Julia Child

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She was graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II in Ceylon and China, where she met Paul Child. After they married they lived in Paris, where she studied at the Cordon Bleu and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). In 1963, Boston’s WGBH launched The French Chef television series, which made her a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. Several public television shows and numerous cookbooks followed. She died in 2004.