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  • Audio CD
  • Verlag: Blackstone Audio Books; Auflage: Unabridged (März 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1441744568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441744562
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 5,1 x 14,6 x 15,2 cm
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Noel Riley Fitch's savory new biography, Appetite for Life, reveals a woman as appealing as the good food and serious cooking she popularized. As a California girl and Smith College undergraduate, Fitch writes, Julia McWilliams was notable for her high spirits and voracious appetite. Performing intelligence work in Asia during World War II, she met Paul Child, and their marriage of mutual devotion and affection endured until his death in 1994. His postwar assignment took them to France, where she discovered her true calling.

Fitch reminds us that Child championed fresh ingredients at a time when frozen foods and TV dinners dominated American supermarket shelves, and that she demystified haute cuisine with her earthy humor and casual attitude toward mistakes. This affectionate portrait of the remarkable Julia Child reflects her fervent belief that the pleasures of the table are a natural accompaniment to the pleasures of life. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"Because Child allowed Fitch complete access to her papers, we get a real feel for the relentless work that went into the much-massaged  Mastering."
--Washington Post

"Fitch's richly detailed biography of Child describes how a plainspoken woman who loved food inspired millions to pick up a whisk and make a fine French dinner from scratch."
--Newsweek

"Makes Julia [Child's] evolution from high-security clerk to cook to writer to star an incredible adventure."
--Boston Globe

"A delicious recounting of the life of the woman who has inspired confidence in generations of American cooks."
--Town & Country

"Entertaining and informative--represents the best of biographical writing."
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 26. August 1999
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I bought this book so I could learn more about Julia Child, a person I admire greatly. While plenty of details about her life are presented here, they're thrown together in a manner unworthy of this hardworking, detail-oriented woman.
I was surprised and disappointed to find this book so poorly edited. Not only does the content lack cohesion, but there are actual typographical errors. For example, early in the text, the author makes a reference to the young Julia's twinkly, mischievous character: she calls this Julia's "twinkle" (with quotes), but the text reads "twinkle," -- with quotes and a comma inside the quotes -- which any editor should have spotted.
I'm not a writer, but I'm an avid reader and it's this kind of sloppiness which makes me lose faith in the author and turns me off to his/her book.
I still have lots of faith in Julia Child, though.
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My pleasure in this book has been enhanced by having actually crossed paths with Julia Child several times, after myself having moved to Cambridge from her own native Pasadena. She strode towards me once in the crosswalk at Harvard Square and made a similar impression on me as a basketball player once did at UCLA: monumental yet agile. Later, while going over the pre-wrapped meats at her favorite grocery, Savenor's, I glimpsed her in the sanctum sanctorum of the butcher, standing capably at the chopping block flanked by several relatively small men in blood-stained aprons, while she manipulated the ribcage of a steer. Noel Riley Fitch manages to convey the remarkable physical and emotional balance at the core of her subject. As Paul Child's letters to his twin brother proclaim, his Julia is "characterful." From her pre-school days at Montessori (whose alumni include Anne Frank) where calm, independent exploration in a "controlled environment" taught her dexterity and peacefulness, to her early adulthood in China (which helped to sever the bond with too-predictable Pasadena), we learn how she came to challenge the food Establishment. Nor was she one to become embroiled in the brushfires of political correctness. I envy her the post-War days in Paris where she and Paul arrived as benign conquering heroes. Then the French were happy to teach those who wanted to learn (with the exception of one lackluster head of Cordon Bleu). Perhaps the Julia's of the world can always find the lights on for them. In spite of her approval of their French fries, Julia had too much of the spirit of adventure to confine herself to McDonald's-type outposts in foreign lands.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Von dennisth@erols.com am 14. Januar 1998
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A friend gave me this book for Christmas -- and I will always praise him for his true talent at picking out the perfect gift for me. From December 26, the day I began reading the book, until I concluded last Friday night, I was captivated, enthralled, and swept away to the wonderful world of Julia and Paul Child. I grew up in the midwest, the son of a mother who believed firmly that if it came in a can or was frozen, it was good food. At about the age of 22, I became interested in food, preparing it, and why some food tastes so good and some is so flat, lifeless and dull. I was fortunate enough to visit Paris about 15 years ago -- and instantly fell in love with French food, French people, and the French love of food beautifully, simply, and elegantly prepared and served. Thanks to the cooking shows and the books of Julia Child, I have become quite an expert cook. And thanks to Julia Child, I have learned that simplicity of preparation, the freshest of ingredients, and care in the serving are the best things that you can bring to food. I found every page of the book interesting and compelling -- especially the part about the writing of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I. The details of what went into creating this masterpiece of cookery kept me reading, as if it were a mystery, and I was waiting to discover the solution. I recommend this book to all Julia fans and to all fans of fine food.
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While I must commend the author on her exhaustive and splended research, I came away from "Appetite For Life" more disappointed than pleased. Something is missing here. We have the facts, laid out in paragraph after paragraph replete with parentheses. But where is the spirit, the elan, the brio that is Julia Child? Where is the sensual, sexy soul of the man who cherished this gawky, coltish young woman and supported her in her career? They are hinted at, but never revealed. If only Fitch had given us the complete text of even one of Paul's delightful poems to Julia, it would have helped to capture that "thing" they had for each other. I was lucky enough to read the one about her warbling voice when it was published in the New York Times Magazine and I was so hoping to read it again here. In summary, do read this book - especially if you do not already know Julia's background. But, to really know Julia, watch the PBS reruns and read her own cookbooks!
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Von Ein Kunde am 3. März 2000
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With all the TV chefs, Julia Child will always be the best. Even though this book is tedious in parts, I'm glad it was written. I loved knowing more about her and learn all that went into the creation of my very worn, very stained copy of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"! I remember once making her Orange Crepes Flambé...a gazillion pots and pans, total concentration...and gobbled down with complete enjoyment...Julia knows what it's all about! I once watched Emeril Lagasse make a codfish appetizer... I found his recipe on Food TV.com... the recipe seemed incomplete and I had to wing it. I emailed Food TV about the recipe and the reply was that Emeril is not responsible for errors. Julia KNOWS what it was all about! She's dedicated, credible, and unique. I still watch her and even with the book's editorial flaws, it was a wonderul read.
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