As Always, Julia

by Joan Reardon, Julia Child

ISBN-10: 0547417713
ISBN-13: 9780547417714
Region: USA
Publication Date: December, 2010
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With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But despite that familiarity, how much do we really know of the inner Julia?


Now more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably introduced in the hit movie Julie & Julia, open the window on Julia’s deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women and the turbulent process of Julia’s creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever written.

Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show Julia, first as a new bride in Paris, then becoming increasingly worldly and adventuresome as she follows her diplomat husband in his postings to Nice, Germany, and Norway.

With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon, and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in the United States, McCarthyism, and sexual mores, these astonishing letters show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation. (

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About Julia Child

Julia Child was an American chef, author and television personality, who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream, through her many cookbooks and television programs.

Julia Child grew up in California but spent most of her adult life in Cambridge Massachusetts until 2001 when she retired back to California donating her famous kitchen to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, where it is now on display.

Julia’s culinary endeavor’s began in 1949 when she and husband Paul Child moved to Paris. Julia repeatedly recalled her first meal in Rouen of oysters, sole meunière and fine wine as a culinary revelation. She described the experience once in The New York Times as “an opening up of the soul and spirit for me”. While in Paris, she attended Le Cordon Bleu and thus the career of a Legend was launched.

Although she has numerous books and television series to her credit, her most famous works are the 1961 cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and the television series The French Chef, which premiered in 1963 as an instant national hit and ran for ten years winning many Peabody and Emmy Awards. In the decades that followed Julia hosted many other television series including Julia & Company, Cooking with Master Chefs, Dinner at Julia’s, Julia Child and Jacques Pepin Cooking at Home and many more.

Among her many accolades Julia received the French Legion of Honor in 2000 and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003. Julia also received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University and even graced the cover of Time Magazine.

On August 13, 2004 Julia Child passed away at the age of 91. Julia Child changed the way America eats, instilling passion into the food culture of the United States and much of the world.

This August, a film adaptation, titled Julie & Julia, also based on Julia Child’s biography, My Life in France, sees 2009 Academy Award nominee Amy Adams cast in the role of Julie Powell. (

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