The French Chef in America

Julia Child's Second Act

Publisher: Appetite by Random House
The enchanting story of Julia Child's years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author, a sequel-in-spirit to My Life in France--by her great-nephew.

Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, Alex Prud'homme, Child's great-nephew and My Life in France co-author, vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America's First Lady of French Food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, the book uncovers the Julia Child beyond her "French Chef" persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.


Julia’s Second Act
In mid-July 1976, Julia Child attended President Gerald R. Ford’s bicentennial celebration in Washington, D.C., where she provided commentary for public television, interviewed the White House chef, and met Queen Elizabeth II. Then, as the somewhat raucous...
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Praise for My Life in France:
"Lively, infectious.... [The] elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories" -- Chicago Sun-Times
"Captivating.... [Child's] marvelously distinctive voice is present on every page" --San Francisco Chronicle
"Delightful and ebulliently written.... [Child's] joy just about jumps off the book's pages"
--Christian Science Monitor