As Always, Julia

As Always, Julia

The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto

eBook - 2010
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"An absorbing portrait of an unexpected friendship." -Entertainment Weekly "The spirit of the indomitable Julia Child lives on in Joan Reardon's AS ALWAYS, JULIA, a saucy soup-to-nuts compilation of the correspondence between Child and lifelong friend Avis DeVoto. As Julia said, 'Life itself is the proper binge.' Let's live it up!" -- Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair, Dec. issue "The women's frank, tender letters are an absolute delight to read, as much for their mouthwatering discussion of cuisine as for the palpable fondness they portray for one another. In an early note, DeVoto calls Child's evolving manuscript "as exciting as a novel to read," and, indeed, so are their conversations." -Booklist, starred review "This epistolary testament to a close friendship will surely appeal to Child fans." - Kirkus Reviews "Witty, enlightening and entertaining, these letters serve as a compelling companion volume to Mastering the Art of French Cooking." - Publishers Weekly
With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But despite that familiarity, how much do we really know of the inner Julia? Now more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably introduced in the hit movie Julie and Julia, open the window on Julia's deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women and the turbulent process of Julia's creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show Julia, first as a new bride in Paris, then becoming increasingly worldly and adventuresome as she follows her diplomat husband in his postings to Nice, Germany, and Norway. With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon, and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in the United States, McCarthyism, and sexual mores, these astonishing letters show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
ISBN: 9780547504834
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (432 pages)
Additional Contributors: Reardon, Joan 1930-
Call Number: eBook


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ChristchurchLib Jul 15, 2014

"Chef and author Julia Child wrote scholar Bernard DeVoto a fan letter in 1952, long before her Mastering the Art of French Cooking appeared in print. Avis DeVoto replied on behalf of her husband, and soon Julia and Avis became enthusiastic pen pals -- a relationship that lasted over three decades. Avis' papers were unsealed in 2006, and biographer Joan Reardon read them and discovered an enchanting record of their relationship. In As Always, Julia, Reardon selects from their correspondence and adds enough context to help readers follow the train of their exchanges. Fans of Julia Child and anyone interested in cooking or literary memoirs will be thrilled by this volume." Biography and Memoir July 2014 newsletter

Feb 14, 2011

I saw the Julie/Julia movie, and was tempted to read Julia's letters. I was very interested for the first third of the book, but then didn't feel like I was getting much out of the subsequent letters.

I stopped reading half-way through the book, as I didn't feel like I was going to get to some kind of conclusion at the end. The pre-face lead me to believe that once Julia was back in America, they communicated rarely through letters.


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