Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review - My Life in France, Julia Child

My Life in France


Julia Child

Category: Nonfiction: Memoir: Food & Cooking; France; Celebrities

Synopsis: Famous television chef Julia Child recounts her life in France.

Date finished: 26 September 2013

Rating: ***½

I've always wondered why would you write a biography when a memoir has already been written? This book is my case in point. I read Dearie, the biography of Julia Child, back in March. I’m convinced it ruined me for My Life in France. It was thicker, covering Julia Child’s life before France and more of her life after France, but basically? Same book. So this felt like a re-read. And not even a very fascinating one.

My second beef about this book is that Julia Child didn’t write it. Her nephew interviewed her and wrote the book. This is revealed to us as early as the introductory pages, so I, skeptic that I am, spent the whole book guarded. Did Julia really say that? Was that an embellishment? Did Prud’Homme project there? I just wasn’t convinced this was Julia’s book.

The good news is the cynic in me that read Dearie against the grain is now satisfied that it’s probably a very faithful biography. It squares up nicely with this book.

I have very little to say about the book itself. Frankly, I think I might be Julia-ed out for a while. This is my third Julia book this year, and I have two more on the TBR shelf. But I think I’ll take a break.

And I think I should have read this book first.

Would you recommend this to a friend?
 I could go either way.

You might also enjoy:
Dearie, Bob Spitz
Julia’s Cats, Patricia Barey & Therese Burson
Julie & Julia, Julie Powell

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