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Julia Child: A Life


by Laura Shapiro

The delicious life of one of the most beloved figures in twentieth-century American culture-soon to be played by Meryl Streep in a major motion picture.

With a swooping voice, an irrepressible sense of humor, and a passion for good food, Julia Child ushered in the nation's culinary renaissance.

In Julia Child, award-winning food writer Laura Shapiro tells the story of Child's unlikely career path, from California party girl to coolheaded chief clerk in a World War II spy station to bewildered amateur cook and finally to the Cordon Bleu in Paris, the school that inspired her calling.

A food lover who was quintessentially American, right down to her little-known recipe for classic tuna fish casserole, Shapiro's Julia Child personifies her own most famous lesson: that learning how to cook means learning how to live.

About the Author

Laura Shapiro is a journalist and historian whose work has appeared in many publications, including Newsweek, The New York Times, and Gourmet. She is the author of ‘Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century’ and ‘Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America’.


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