Friday, February 16, 2007

My Life in France

I am about two thirds of the way through My Life in France by Julia Child.

Before starting the book, my knowledge of Julia Child was limited to the occasional pause on PBS during one of her cooking shows to listen to her very unique voice. And the commonly referred to tendency she had for using alcohol in the cooking process (whether this is true or not I can't say).

The book is excellent. It is well written and interesting, with enough humor and personal details to balance the cooking portions perfectly. I am not inclined towards cooking myself but I find it is a subject that appeals to me in print.

So far she's taken us through living in Paris and Marseilles. Now they are based in Germany and she's hard at work on writing her first cookbook. I didn't expect, but have enjoyed, her opinions on American politics or her war experiences. It's amazing how different life was just a half century ago.

One thing is for sure, I would love to be eating along side her as she feasts on all the French cuisine.


BerryBird said...

It definitely sounds like the personal details enhance the book. They often do. I'm glad you wrote about this book, because I doubt I would have stumbled on it otherwise. You should make this a regular feature.

Erin said...

I finished the book this morning and it was very good. I would certainly recommend it to people who read books in this or similiar genres.

What an interesting woman, worthy of respect and admiration!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Kate from England wrote to me to tell me that she enjoyed your book reviews of travel books and that you should write more of them. I like this post, too. I haven't read many travel books, but I would probably enjoy them. Among other things, she said, "I hope I find time to go back to Erin's reviews on Travel Writers. Always good to get recommendations from someone other than a professional critic." And by the way, she found them on her own, through Silk Creek Portal I guess.