National Reading Month

Did you know that March is National Reading Month? Well, in honor of that and my current drive to read books, I will start a series about books I recently read and finished.

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme

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Thoughts:

My fascination with Julia Child started with the movie Julie and Julia, a film that portrays her life in Paris in an “overview” manner.

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This book is an extension of the movie since it narrates her life in Paris in great detail. Half of the book gives you detailed descriptions of the places Julia and Paul Child called home. The thorough accounts of the restaurants they visited, the chefs Julia met during her time as a Le Cordon Bleu student, and her passion for food and cooking made me daydream about traveling around France.

The other half, involves Julia’s journey in creating, writing, and promoting her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This half shows how passionate and detailed Julia is, while disclosing the support she received from Paul.

What I got out of it:

As with the movie, this book solidified my interest in Julia Child’s personal and professional life. The book contains life lessons from both aspects of her life, which can easily be missed if one does not pay close attention.

When you have to do it, do it until you get it right.

Personal Life Lessons

1. Friendship is the most important thing. Not career or housework or one’s fatigue. And it needs to be tended and nurtured.

2. Support your loved ones dream and ambition.

Professional Life Lessons

1. When you find your passion, stick to it no matter how much rejection and hard work you have to go through.

2. Writing a recipe book is hard work. This book made me realize that translating French recipes for Americans involved great amount of detail. Did you know that French flour is different from US All Purpose flour? And when you use both in the same French recipe, the outcome won’t turn out the same?

3. When you have to do it, do it until you get it right.

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