My Life in France- Book Review

By Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme

My Rating- 3.5/5 Stars — Genre: Biography, Autobiography — N. of Pages: 336

My connection to this book:

This book is written by Julia Child and her nephew Alex Prud’Homme. I began reading this book because I was about to move my family from Canada to an entirely different continent, Europe. I was very nervous about this move and a bit worried about what I would do without my family, friends and my job.  My sister bought me this book, the story of how Julia Child moved to Paris, France,for her husband’s work. She thought it would be an excellent book to read to prepare me for living abroad.

Although the book was a very good read, it didn’t do much in preparing me for our big move. Child discusses how she wasn’t very close with her father and that her mother passed away years before. Child was also very thrilled for the opportunity to live in Paris full time. So I learned pretty quickly that our stories didn’t really line up. However, I decided to keep reading because it was an interesting biography of a successful woman.

Book break down and my review:

This book discusses Child’s life beginning with the meeting of her husband, Paul. The book then maps out her life in Paris and her path to becoming one of the most well-known chefs of her time. The book discusses how her culinary journey in French food began and how she later made it into her cooking empire. Her story is very awe-inspiring and quite fascinating, especially being a woman during that time. This book could be used as a learning tool for women embarking on new and different careers. Her entrepreneurial skills, which she discusses in this book, can be transferred into any career. Therefore, for any women looking to begin a new career, I would highly recommend this book.

The reason I only gave this book 3.5/5 stars is because sometimes she goes into a bit too much detail about her recipes and the specific ways she cooked. I don’t have a significant interest in cooking, so I found those details to be a bit difficult to get through. There were some paragraphs I skimmed or read over because it focused on the break down of one of her recipes, and I didn’t find that very interesting. However, if you are someone who is looking to learn more about French cooking, than those parts of the book would be great for you!

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