I grew up watching Julia Child on tv. I loved her enthusiasm for life and cooking which is evident in this book. My Life In France is about Julia and Paul Child’s time in France, living in Provence and in Paris. Paul’s governmental job took them to France (Germany and Norway as well) with Julia tagging along. One of my absolute favorite things about this book is that it shows you can never start anything to late in life. Julia was 32 when she moved to France and started to learn to cook. Julia felt a passion towards cooking and felt compelled to learn more. Julia never suggests that you move to France or join Cordon Blue cooking school. If you have a passion towards something, you should use what resources are around you to develop that passion.
I found Julia’s story to be encouraging. Often times in the kitchen I get upset that something I made doesn’t come out well. Julia says you should never apologize. As long as you try your best, it’s all part of the learning. I’ve been using Julia as inspiration in the kitchen and I’ve felt more at ease trying different recipes.
I love reading memoirs of folks who have lived in France and this has to be the best I’ve read so far. Julia describes the sights and smells of France in such an enchanting way I felt like I was standing along aside her.
Highly recommended to those who love food, memoirs or enjoy Julia Childs.
This is the first book off my TBR challenge.