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.”
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!