August Book Club | My Life in France
Written by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme (2007)
Date & Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LDCW (OEC 103)
Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But as she dove into French culture, buying food at local markets and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life changed forever with her newfound passion for cooking and teaching. Julia’s unforgettable story – struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook, a wonderful, nearly fifty-year long marriage that took them across the globe – unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer, brilliantly capturing one of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years.
This month’s discussion will be led by Dr. Young-ok An, LDCW Director, and Shannon Scott, who often teaches the topic of food in literature. To celebrate the end of our 2016-2017 book club, and to nurture any inspiration sparked by My Life in France, this book discussion will also be a potluck! If you wish, feel free to bring a light dish to share. The LDCW will be providing fruits and beverages. We hope to see you there!