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My Life in France
by Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme


Real Life Entertaining : Easy Recipes and Unconventional Wisdom
by Jennifer Rubell

My Life in France (Hardcover)
by Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
Publisher: Knopf (April 4, 2006) 336 pages. $25.95

Listen to an audio interview with Alex Prud’homme on My Life In France: click on

Julia Child died before My Life in France, a memoir compiled from her papers and letters reached completion. Her great-grand-nephew Alex Prud’homme, a best seeling writer in his own right, captures the voice, her sense of humor, her incisive remarks of the woman who revolutionized the way Americans thought about French food and food in general.
The book demystifies the icon she became and brings forth the young woman who sailed to France with her new husband Paul in 1948, and on her first day in France upon debarking had an epiphany with a sole meuniere in Rouen… “…perfectly browned in a sputtering butter sauce with a sprinkling of chopped parsley on top… with a light but distinct taste of the ocean that blended marvelously with the browned butter… a morsel of perfection. ”
From there, her gargantuan appetite for life and food combined with her methodical American mind leads her to investigate everything there is to know about every ingredient that passes her lips.
The book follows Child's growth as a cook, from her early days in Paris in the aftermath of WWII, as she discovers the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and colors of France. The details reveal more than the gradual education of Child's palate and her intense love for her husband, Paul. It reveals her anti-McCarthy politics and the early years of the cold war, the isolationist feelings of Americans at that time.
It goes on telling of her partnership with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle which led to the famous Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her passion for food which made her into one of the best and most influential teachers of gastronomy of the twentieth century. The reader gets to understand the role that the beginning of television in America played in the gastronomic education of the following generations, and how, foreseeing the gradual disappearance of artisanal foods, Julia went on recording invaluable documentaries of gorgeous meals and the secret arts of making food from scratch in a bygone era….

Real Life Entertaining : Easy Recipes and Unconventional Wisdom (Hardcover)
by Jennifer Rubell

Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks (May 2, 2006). $27.50

Listen to an audio interview with Jennifer Rubell on FOOD & WINE TALK: click on

In her first book: Real Life Entertaining :Easy Recipes and Unconventional Wisdom Jennifer Rubell, the scion of a well-known Miami-based family -- one of the most important art collectors of modern art and owners of several boutique hotels in Miami and Washington, D.C., tells you to forget the perfectly pressed linen. Forget the name cards at every guest's place. Forget the full bar, the four-course meal, and all the fussy little details that supposedly make parties divine. Who has the house, the money, or the time to throw that kind of party, anyway?
In Real Life Entertaining, Jennifer Rubell offers break-the-rules entertaining ideas and quick, easy, stylish recipes for last-minute drop-in dinners, sit-down meals, brunches, buffets, and one-pot meals.
She incorporates her relaxed, lively style into a variety of festive themes, from an evening of red wine and bruschetta, to a New York-style brunch, to a one-pot meal of the easiest meatballs you'll ever make. The recipes are simple and the ingredients lists are short, so you can whip up party-friendly fare such as Thai Chicken Wings, Sesame-Mint Pita Chips, and Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Citrus in mere minutes.
With full-color photographs throughout, Real Life Entertaining shows you how to make sure that you have as much fun as the people you've invited.

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