My Life in France


A photograph from our 2002 trip to France

I’ve been reading Julia Child’s My Life in France. Its timing was perfect because I’ve really been longing for another trip to Paris. It has been 7 years since we were there last. Way too long.

I can’t say I’ve been a huge fan of Julia Child. She seemed to be on TV a lot when I was a kid, and I didn’t have the appreciation for cooking and food that I do now.  Plus there was something about her voice and mannerism. My mom, a very good cook and who has worked in restaurants most of her life, would turn on Julia’s cooking shows sometimes and I’d sit and watch with her.

Anyway, I’m enjoying the book. Some of it is rather dry, just day to day events, but there are wonderful descriptions of the people and places she experienced during her time in Paris and then Marseille. And the food! It is so clear how passionate she was about French cooking – the countless hours she would put in to making a recipe perfect, because, in this, she was a true perfectionist. Her enthusiasm is inspiring, and makes me think that a delicious souffle or buerre blanc might be in our future.

Naturally, next on my reading list will be Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (unless I see the movie first), about how author Julie Powell spent a year cooking each one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking and then blogging about it. I’m also now curious about “Mastering the art…” as is everyone else. Apparently the cookbook will make its debut at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. I find it a shame that Julia Child isn’t alive to see this, but that just seems to be the way of things.

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5 thoughts on “My Life in France

  1. I read this last year and so it was great fun to go to the movie. I had heard that Julie and Julia was not as good so didn’t even attempt. I did order the cookbook and can’t wait to make some feasts.
    I ran across your blog a while back. I wanted to say thanks for the fun reviews. I just bought a beco (instead of an ergo) for the new babe.
    Take care,

  2. Enjoyed My Life in France when I first moved to New Mexico two + years ago. Very inspirational in that it is never to late to recreate you life – to find new passions and develop new skills. Just the right book for starting a new life in a new place.

  3. Hi Emily,

    I am currently reading this book! I am on the chapter where they had a buffet for Bastille Day. I am enjoying it very much. The way she described it is just like I remember from our trip in 2005 – and this book was set in the 1950s…
    I never knew her until Molly or Orangette mentioned her book.


  4. hi.

    i came across your blog when you were discussing pottery barn dishes. do you still happen to have the pottery barn “suppertime” set? i am in search of the bowl that came with it and no one knows the type of bowl it is. anyway..i would love your help. if you have it would you sell it?

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