Easier to get through than the book. Jucier than the movie "Julia and ..."
Julia, of course is the favorite. Too charming and straight forward to keep in France.
Enough like Julia's voice to be "authentic", but easier on the ear.
Cooking, swearing and laughting are three good courses. Makes it easier to understand and appreciate a good cook and a good cookbook.
So good it will make you hungry.
The story of Julia Child is definitely interesting and this book provides a lot of information previously unknown to me -- particularly Paul's life before he met Julia.
Unfortunately, the writing is slapdash in the extreme. While I was listening to this book the great line from The Princess Bride kept coming to mind: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Many, many words are misused and not for effect. The author sometimes attempts to be matey with the reader, describing an ordinary freshman-in-college-level discussion as "high-falutin." He seems to think that "intellectual" is a sort of job title. He finds word combinations that appeal to him, whether or not they're appropriate. Julia and Simca are the "countesses of cuisine" at a time when they were anything but. Julia feels the first "pangs of interest" in television. Pangs? Really? There are dozens more, which I found both distracting and annoying. Apparently, book editing has essentially disappeared because all this book really needed was a scrupulous editor.
The subject matter remains interesting and the reader is quite good. If the writing doesn't irritate you, the book can be enjoyable.
This chirpy sing-song biography needed someone to go through and edit out all of the archaic, overblown phrasing. I half-exoected to hear her say *23-skidoo!".
The narrator was shrill and irritating.
Compared to Julia's memoir co-authored by her nephew, this tells a fuller story of Julia Child's life since the other, as the title says, focuses on her life in France with some description of the years that followed, but less detail. This includes the challenges she faced in later years including Paul's illnesses and her adjustments in the decade after Paul died. If you are interested in the breadth of Julia Child's life, you will find all the details interesting.
Julia Child had always been my hero both on the kitchen and in life. I enjoyed this book immensely and felt her bigger than life in the snippets and telling a of the various aspects of her life and career.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
This is TRULY a horrible waste of time and money! First of all, much of it contradicts Julia Child's OWN memoirs in "My Life in France"... and the author makes Paul Child out to be a really awful man... He was talented... He and Julia were madly in love with each other.... My great Aunt was a friend of the Child's and I grew up watching her on TV.... Bob Spitz has really done a disservice to Julia's legacy. And... She is not a real controversial character. Plus, most of the "impersonations" were just awful along with terrible French pronunciation... This book makes me wanna toss my cookies....
Read My Life In France or almost ANYTHING other than this book!
This book was lengthy but never became boring. Although cooking was Julia's passion and predominated her life, she was a daughter, wife, sister, friend, and woman, and the author of this well-written book brought out each facet as well as her views and personality. He also presented Julia in the context of the world in which she lived, and I learned more about the politics and lives of women in her era. I was surprised to find that the book helped me to better understand my own mother and realize that her cooking, which I thought was awful, was due to the unavailability of foods and produce that I take for granted. A delightful read or listen!
Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.
I enjoyed this book which repeats a lot of the information from the film Julie and Julia and from the book "My LIfe in France", however, I didn't learn that much new information about Julia and her life other than the early part before she married Paul CHild (which isn't all that interesting) and the part after his death which is not that engaging either. The best parts of the book really do recount the same stories as have been earlier told, so that the book cannot be said to be boring, but it doesn't add much to understanding Julia and her talents.