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THE STORY

Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor 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 French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

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Julia Child

Julia ChildJulia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor 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 French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

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PRAISE

It’s impossible not to love Julia Child. Alex Prud’homme’s inspiring and engaging The French Chef in America celebrates the woman—who also happens to be the author’s great-aunt.
Anita Lo, three star chef at Annisa, The Wall Street Journal
Lively, infectious…. [The] elegant but unfussy prose pulls the reader into her stories.
Chicago Sun-Times
Delightful and ebulliently written…. [Child’s] joy just about jumps off the book’s pages.
Christian Science Monitor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ale Prud'homme

Alex Prud’homme

I became a writer the old fashioned way. In 1985 I embarked on a three-month trip to India, Nepal and Japan, after which I planned to return to the States to study architecture. Only, I didn’t return. I kept traveling for nearly two years, and eventually made my way around the world. Scaling the Himalayas, becoming deathly ill in India, crossing the USSR on the Trans-Siberian Railway, working as a fisherman in Australia, an English teacher- actor in Japan, and a janitor in Paris, I kept a journal. This daily recording of experience eventually led me to a career in writing.

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Alex Prud’homme

Ale Prud'homme

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I became a writer the old fashioned way. In 1985 I embarked on a three-month trip to India, Nepal and Japan, after which I planned to return to the States to study architecture. Only, I didn’t return. I kept traveling for nearly two years, and eventually made my way around the world. Scaling the Himalayas, becoming deathly ill in India, crossing the USSR on the Trans-Siberian Railway, working as a fisherman in Australia, an English teacher- actor in Japan, and a janitor in Paris, I kept a journal. This daily recording of experience eventually led me to a career in writing.

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Join me in Santa Barbara, Apr 7-9, to benefit the Julia Child Foundation

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Robb Report interview about my history of food at the White House

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February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Books, Food, Julia Child, News, The Ripple Blog|0 Comments

Who is celebrity chef Ted Allen’s mystery relative on “Twice Removed” podcast? Have a listen

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January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Food, Julia Child, News, The Ripple Blog|0 Comments

Ottawa Overdrive says Julia’s second act was as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first

Merci Ottawa! They say: Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her "French chef" persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Food, Julia Child, News, The Ripple Blog|0 Comments

The Star Tribune calls FCiA “inspiring, joyous and poignant”

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