By the time I was old
enough to be interested in cooking
programs, Julia Child was in her
sixties, so my image of her was always
of an elderly lady with a warbling,
raspy voice presiding over cooking
programs with an authority that I
never understood. Of course, I
was familiar with her famous cook book
but I couldn't fathom what the fuss was
about, and why people so adored her.
Now I understand! Reading the memoir of
this feisty "rather loud and unserious"
six-foot-two Californian is a huge
pleasure, and the photographs of France
and the French, mostly taken by her
husband, are exceptional. As always, it
is so easy to assume that success comes...
Beyond the Book
Julia Child was
and worked for
the OSS during
World War II in
China, where she
met Paul Child.
lived in Paris,
studied at the
Cordon Bleu and
with Simone Beck
whom she wrote
the first volume