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Book Review: My Life in France

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’home is not the typical “travel” book that I would do a review of for the website. However, I felt that it does fall into the “travel” category, as well as “autobiography” and “food and drink.”

 My Life in France is about Julia Child and her time spent living in France mostly, as well as some time in Germany, Norway, and the United States. It follows her journey as she moves to France and begins to learn the language and eventually the French cuisine. My Life in France chronicles her work and completion of her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, as well as her time spent working on her television show The French Chef. Her husband, Paul Child, works for the government, and you get to see an interesting perspective of the government and their affairs with regards to other countries as well.

The authors did a fabulous job with description and really bringing the cities alive. The description is so clear that the reader can immediately picture what the street, store, party, etc. actually looks like. There is also fabulous description of the French cuisine and the important role that French food plays in the lives of the French.

Overall, I really enjoyed My Life in France. I found it interesting to learn about French cuisine, as well as the various cities that Julia Child lived in. I also found it interesting to learn how Julia Child came to be the famous woman that she is known as. However, there is one thing that I did not like about My Life in France. All of the French cuisine was written in French, which is completely understandable. However, at least 90% of the time there was no translation of the dish given so I often had to guess as to what the dish was and take clues from the context of the section. While this was bothersome for me, others (who speak French or are learning French) may find this to be completely fine and enjoyable. It could be a good way to practice your French!

toujours bon appétit!

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Check out My Life in France in paperback here and Kindle edition here.

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