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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Prud’Homme Narrator: Alex Prud’homme Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9780399564833
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Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor 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 French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Prud’homme’s inspiring and engaging The French Chef in America celebrates the woman—who also happens to be the author’s great-aunt.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Shows us a newly famous Child, who at times struggles with her celebrity but manages nonetheless to define a new kind of food television and secure her own enduring legacy.”

    Smithsonian magazine (One of the Best Books about Food of 2016)

  • “A warm, nuanced celebration of ‘Our Lady of the Ladle’…with behind-the-scenes details of Child’s later life in the US after years in France.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With a peppy narration and flawless French pronunciations, Prud’homme traces her trajectory from The French Chef TV series…to collaborations with other famous chefs such as Jacques Pépin. It’s an in-depth and intimate portrait of an ambitious and driven woman…There’s plenty here for listeners to savor.”


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About the Author

Alex Prud’homme, Julia Child’s grandnephew, is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications. He is the author of The Cell Game and the coauthor (with Michael Cherkasky) of Forewarned. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.