Julia Child: A Life

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With a swooping voice, an irrepressible sense of humor, and a passion for good food, Julia Child ushered in the nation’s culinary renaissance. In Julia Child, award-winning food writer Laura Shapiro tells the story of Child’s unlikely career path, from California party girl to coolheaded chief clerk in a World War II spy station to bewildered amateur cook and finally to the Cordon Bleu in Paris, the school that inspired her calling. A food lover who was quintessentially American, right down to her little-known recipe for classic tuna fish casserole, Shapiro’s Julia Child personifies her own most famous lesson: that learning how to cook means learning how to live.

Reviews:

“Shows enormous grace and food savvy…Reading Shapiro reminds us how Julia Child taught us not just how to cook but how to think about food.”
– New York Times Book Review

“Laura Shapiro’s biography of Julia Child is as bright, smart, funny, charming, and companionable as Julia herself.”
– Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Julia

“Shapiro’s graceful little book should be seen as the definitive analysis of Julia Child’s long career.”
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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