The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act

The French Chef in America Julia Child s Second Act The enchanting story of Julia Child s years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author a sequel in spirit to My Life in France by her great nephew Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking

  • Title: The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act
  • Author: Alex Prud'Homme
  • ISBN: 9780147530165
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The enchanting story of Julia Child s years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author, a sequel in spirit to My Life in France by her great nephew.Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper Now, Alex Prud homme, Child s great nephew and My Life in France co author, vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped hThe enchanting story of Julia Child s years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author, a sequel in spirit to My Life in France by her great nephew.Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper Now, Alex Prud homme, Child s great nephew and My Life in France co author, vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America s First Lady of French Food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, the book uncovers the Julia Child beyond her French Chef persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

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    About "Alex Prud'Homme"

    1. Alex Prud'Homme

      Alex Prud homme is Julia Child s grandnephew A freelance writer, his journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and People He is the author of My Life in France with Julia Child and The Cell Game and the co author with Michael Cherkasky of Forewarned He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


    1. It was great to spend a week in the world of Julia Child. Since I've read several biographies on her, I didn't learn anything new (except that Hugh Hefner had a hand in building the magazine Food & Wine :-o), but when I closed the last page and thought to myself, I'm not sure if I actually like her. At times, I find her pushy, obstinate, and close minded. Perhaps that explains her success. Despite that, I still find her an inspiration, as a woman who really made herself in the second part of [...]

    2. I found this book so fascinating! Of course I knew who Julia Child was before reading this book, but I don't think I understood what a profound effect she had on American cooking and food culture. It's gotten me interested in reading and owning some of Julia Child's cookbooks and watching The French Chef and her other shows. Although the author confusingly skips around in time occasionally and there were a few parts having to do with the history of culinary movements that I skimmed, this is well [...]

    3. I have been a great admirer of Julia Child ever since I first came upon her work in the 1970s when I was a young wife and mother. (When my older son was 5 years old he got a tape recorder for his birthday; the first thing he recorded was Julia Child.) Julia taught me so much. Not just about choosing and cooking good food, but about what it's like to be a strong woman in a man's field, how to persevere against difficult odds, how to stay true to yourself. Julia Child was a pioneer in so many ways [...]

    4. I don't know why I should enjoy reading about Julia Child (I don't cook and have no plans to start), but I do. One of my favorite books about her is Alex Prud'homme's previous book with Julia, My Life in France, about Julia's early life and her memories of living and visiting France. The French Chef in America, written without Julia, who died in 2004, picks up where My Life in France left off, with the Childs' return to America and Julia's increasing success and fame, as a TV personality and a c [...]

    5. An entertaining and pleasant biography covering Julia Child's years in America. Ultimately, this is probably a three-and-a-half star book. The sequence seemed a bit disjointed at times, but the content was entertaining. Alex Prud'homme read the book himself, and he was a competent reader. Recommended, especially if you are/were a fan of Julia Child.

    6. I'm afraid I found this sequel to lack the charm and "je ne sais quois" of My Life in France. I couldn't bring myself to read more than 60 pages as I just wasn't in love with the story or it's telling.

    7. Alex Prud'homme has done it again. This book is every bit as interesting and engaging as "My Life in France." I savored--pun intended--every word.

    8. I remember watching Julia Child on PBS as a little, little girl, sitting under my mom's ironing board. Even though I didn't know what boeuf bourguignon was back then, it was always clear that Julia was having a blast. That enthusiasm drove her message home for me, even though it was subconscious at such a young age: food is fun, food is to be enjoyed and not feared, food is something to care about and to share with loved ones. Food matters.It's full of behind the scenes stories, but my absolute [...]

    9. The French Chef in America is a fascinating look at Julia Child's later years. Most of it is centered around Julia's relationships—with Simca Beck, her Mastering the Art of French Cooking co-author; with chefs James Beard and Jacques Pépin; with PBS, the home of many of her cooking shows. The book paints a compelling picture of a fascinating woman.As the book is so focused on Julia's relationships, it doesn't always go in chronological order. It's not necessarily a problem, but I did find it [...]

    10. A must for anyone with a Julia obsession, and still fascinating for those less crazed. I am enchanted by Julia and Paul's relationship. Prud'homme does an excellent job of capturing how they managed Paul's aging and decline and you see here a subtle but heartbreaking picture of Julia's loyalty throughout. The book sometimes zooms out for snapshots of the Childs' environment- Cambridge neighbors, politics of representation at the White House, sexual harassment in the workplace. A short tangent on [...]

    11. After reading Julia Child's My Life in France, I was compelled to read The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act. Written by her grand nephew, Alex Prud'Homme, this book is written in the third person unlike the original book, which was written by Julia herself. The French Chef is based on Julia's life in her later years. Although the book is repetitive in many areas, the repetition of stories are a nice reminder of My Life in France, as well as a way to bring some of those stories fu [...]

    12. Nowhere near as fun or appealing as Julia Child herself. I was excited to read more about Child after liking 'My Life in France'. It's been quite a while since I've read it but I being disappointed there wasn't more there. But since that book was so charming it seemed like this would be a good pickup. This book picks up after the first one, but other reviews are right. There's a lot of rehashing of Child's book (which she also co-wrote with Prud'Homme) and unfortunately his voice here alone ju [...]

    13. I greatly enjoyed My Life in France, which Prud'Homme co-authored with Julia Child and which was presented in first-person narration in her voice. While this "second act" book is well written and researched by Prud'Homme, Child's great-nephew, it is a different beast: journalistic and almost painfully detailed/documented to the extent that it loses that special flavor of Julia Child's ebullience, curiosity, self-deprecation, humor, and love for life. This book reads less like a biography (and, o [...]

    14. You guys know that I loved My Life in France and the story of Julia Child, so when I saw that there was an opportunity to pick up more information about the famous chef, I immediately went for it.I didn't pay close enough attention to realize, I was being sent an audio book. That said, it was an awesome format to enjoy and learn more about this famous person. I learned more about what is was like as a result of the cooking show, about her personal politics, and so much more. I felt like it was a [...]

    15. One of THE best books on Julia Child and also on her husband Paul. I thought "My Life in France" couldn't be beat, but this is a close second. I loved how Alex Prud'Homme wrote this and how much detail was included. I would have to put it down and wait sometimes, because it was so interesting, so addictive, and I really didn't want it to end. Her life - her cooking - her love of life - meant everything to me and it was savored like a very good meal. If you love Julia, or you just love cooking fo [...]

    16. A force to be reckoned with. That's my best Julia Child description. when the audio for this book became available on the blogging for books site I though I'll take a chance on someone I know nothing about. I will say not having read the first part meant I did play catch up a little but this woman has lead an amazing life, constantly reinventing herself and her cooking along with the times. I didn't always like the storytelling way of themes instead of a timeline but understood the choice. It ma [...]

    17. I never watched any of Julia’s TV while she was alive, but she’s a fascinating character and I loved this peek at her life while she was becoming the Julia we all know and love. I appreciated her candor in general and loved learning about how closely she and Paul worked together; their marriage seems like a true partnership. I was sad for Julia that she had wanted children but “it didn’t take,” but it’s hard to imagine she could have had the life and career she had as a mother. I app [...]

    18. I love Julia Child! Her nephew, the author, does, tood after collaborating with her on My Life In France, he wrote this excellent follow up that explores her phenomenal television career and later career. I was thinking about my beloved Granny as I was reading thise passed away at 100+ earlier this year. Granny actually had a brief cooking spot on a local Maine television station at the same time that Julia Child's career was taking offI actually "starred" in one of the clips, helping to make a [...]

    19. This affectionate but clear-eyed memoir by Julia's husband's nephew is a very enjoyable read. It picks up where Prud'homme's previous book My Life In France left off and covers the Childs' return to the U.S. It was fascinating reading about the beginning of The French Chef tv show, and also hearing various anecdotes featuring Jacques Pepin, Sara Moulton, Emeril and others. Julia Child's importance to food culture in the U.S. is emphasized, but what really shines through is that amazingly contagi [...]

    20. This artful and affectionate memoir does a lot to explore Julia Child’s career. It will be mesmerizing for her fans. I occasionally found it annoying when Julia would come out with an old-school bit of stereotypical “history”, or when Prud’Homme revealed that she seemed to think that putting up with sexual harassment from chefs was just part of the dues women in the profession would have to pay. On the whole, though, this largely unsentimental look at a culinary pioneer makes very good r [...]

    21. The French Chef in America is the perfect cozy companion for winter crafts and cooking!  If you like to listen while you work, it's nice to have a book that, while fascinating and in depth, isn't requiring every bit of your concentration.  Which generally rules out non-fiction but for me, this was a perfect mix of humor and insight, reflection and inspiration.  I would definitely gift this book to others!Thanks to Blogging for Books for the review opportunity!

    22. Realizing that I had gotten an audio book hurt my heart. I LOVE Julia Child and she is one of my biggest heroines. So I just bought the physical copy of the book to go with it. Yay me! I love hearing about Julia's life and her bawdy, wonderful personality. I love this book.Booksource: I received a copy of the book from Blogging for books in exchange for review.

    23. I was so excited to hear about The French Chef in America, Alex Prud'homme's follow-up to My Life in France, the memoir of Julia Child that he co-wrote with her. Although Julia herself was not available to co-write this book, it's brought to life through her letters, her writings, her books, and interviews with her friends. Where My Life in France focused on the Childs' love of France and Julia's path as a culinary student to published co-author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, The Frenc [...]

    24. Vivid account of Julia's journey to becoming the first "Celebrity Chef" and beyond. Draws a well-rounded portrait of Julia Child through descriptions of her relationships with friends and family, her travels, and her thoughts on food, feminism and fame. Audiobook version is very well read/performed by the author.

    25. Well-written, interesting and complex. I loved how it was real and showed many sides of Julia's life, even the not so great. I especially liked their exploring her relationship with gay men and her private hate speech. This was very unique and challenged without being bias.

    26. A good continuation to "My Life in France"I learned a lot more about Julia Child: her life and her life's work. I can more fully appreciate her cookbooks and plan to re-read the ones I have. She has had a profound effect on American cooking.

    27. Love Julia. Love their last book. Julia was missing from this one. Just didn't have the same flair. Third person voice felt distant and lots of over-explaining about historical events didn't help. Re-inspired me to try her recipes though. Bon appetit.

    28. What is essential part two of "My Life in France." The later years of Julia Child. What a hard worker she must have been, and she truly believed in the importance of work. A fascinating woman who lead an equally fascinating life.

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