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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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LATEST NEWS

Thanks to Bobby Flay and Geof Drummond for a great Food Lab weekend at Stony Brook Southampton

The start of a great weekend in the Hamptons: Alex and the TV producer Geof Drummond with Bobby Flay, opening night of the 2017 Food Lab at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. A delicious time was [...]

June 12th, 2017|Categories: Food, Julia Child, News|0 Comments

Santa Barbara News-Press profile of Alex

I had a great time at the Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend, hosted by Bacara ("Be-CAR-ah"), a beautiful resort, with proceeds going to The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. We [...]

April 17th, 2017|Categories: Appearances, Food, Julia Child, News, The Ripple Blog|0 Comments

Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print

Well, here's an unexpected bit of good news for those of us who love physical books ...   Nielsen survey finds UK ebook sales declined by 4% in 2016, the second consecutive year digital has [...]

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Books, Future, News, The Ripple Blog|0 Comments

Q&A with Forbes Travel Guide for the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend

Julia Child’s Grandnephew Remasters The Art Of French Cooking Is there a personal anecdote you could share from your time working on the memoir? Julia and I shared a sense of humor, a love of [...]

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Julia Child, News, The Ripple Blog|0 Comments

As JC would say: Joyeuse journee de la femme (Happy Women’s Day)!

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March 8th, 2017|Categories: Julia Child, News, The Ripple Blog|0 Comments

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

  Santa Barbara's Food and Wine Weekend benefits Julia Child foundation Feb 27, 2017 Updated 20 hrs ago The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts and Bacara Resort & Spa host the fourth annual [...]

March 1st, 2017|Categories: Food, Julia Child, News, The Ripple Blog|0 Comments

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