My Life in France

Lovely trip through Julia’s years in France; first posted in Paris for Paul’s diplomatic duties post-WWII, then to Marsailles, then briefly Germany before calling it quits in Oslo. While in Paris, Julia takes cooking classes at the Cordon Bleu, then sinks deeper into the culinary world than she ever would have imagined, creating a school of her own (the School of the Gourmettes, then the School of the Three Great Eaters), then collaborating on a cookbook with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle (although from her own descriptions it sounds as if she was the only one doing the heavy lifting). Eventually the glorious Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published in 1961. As part of the publicity tour for the book, Julia did cooking demonstrations on TV shows across the country, and the audience clamored for more.
A very tender look into a remarkable woman’s life. Her estranged father with this über-Republican pro-McCarthy ideas grated against her and Paul’s nerves, almost a relief when he passed. Julia jumped head first into any new situation, learning along the way, picking up languages, meeting people.