- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Mariner Books; Auflage: New (10. April 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0547577486
- ISBN-13: 978-0547577487
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,7 x 20,3 cm
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As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. April 2012
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"The spirit of the indomitable Julia Child lives on ... A saucy soup-to-nuts compilation."
“An absorbing portrait of an unexpected friendship.”
“Julia’s inimitable voice shines through ... These letters offer [a] glimpse of how the truly great can merge heart and soul in the pursuit of excellence.”
—Wall Street Journal
“[Child] comes booming back to life in these dishy missives ... A delicious read.”
—People (3½ of 4 stars)
“Blazingly alive and entirely irresistible.”
"This book feels like chick lit ... of an exalted order ... Two housewives, each in her 40s ... let rip about all kinds of things, from shallots, beurre blanc and the misery of dried herbs to politics, aging and sex ... Funny and forthright opinions about food and life."
—New York Times
"A testament to the fortitude that went into creating a classic."
"Just as interesting as the behind-the-scenes nuts-and-bolts on this culinary landmark is the far subtler picture that is painted of these two women, the times in which they were living, and the friendship that grew between them ... The letters take on the resonance of a plainsong kind of poetry."
—Los Angeles Times
"Delightful . . . Expertly edited by the culinary historian Joan Reardon, [it] fills in that period of hard work, uncertainty, cheerleading and deepening love."
"A pleasure both culinary and literary . . . A lesson in how to become an American original."
"An important piece of culinary history through the never-before-seen letters between these two witty women."
—New York Post
"A reminder of the power of persistence, of a dream or a friendship, and of the lost art of writing a letter."
"Fascinating and engrossing."
—Dallas Morning News
Winner of an International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for Literary Food Writing
An absorbing portrait of an unexpected friendship. Entertainment Weekly
Julias inimitable voice shines through . . . These letters offer [a] glimpse of how the truly great can merge heart and soul in the pursuit of excellence. Wall Street Journal
Julia is known around the world by her first name alone. But how much do we really know of the inner Julia Child? Through this riveting correspondence between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her pen pal and literary mentor, we hear Julias deepest thoughts and feelings and witness the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship. We see, too, the turbulent creation of one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, these astonishing letters show an America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation and two women deeply engaged in the making of that new world.
[Child] comes booming back to life in these dishy missives . . . A delicious read. People (3½ of 4 stars)
Blazingly alive and entirely irresistible. Boston Globe
JOAN REARDON is a culinary historian, cookbook author, and biographer. She publishes and edits a quarterly newsletter for Les Dames dEscoffier Chicago and serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica.
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You will really get to know Julia through her letters, she and Avis communicated about cooking, recipes, life, and politics. There is something very personal about reading someone's letters and I loved each and every one between her and Avis.
The author did an incredible job in putting these together to tell the story of these two powerful and intelligent women.
The correspondence is a wonderful snapshot of a period in time. We hear about the McCarthy hearings and US politics through their writings (both women being rabidly anti-McCarthy), and follow the travels of the Childs as Paul is re-posted first to Marseille, then to Germany, and finally to Norway.
And, of course, the correspondence is about cooking. Julia engages Avis (along with other family/friends) in trying out her French recipes in an American setting. Can they get the right ingredients? Do portions sizes translate? (The answer are 'not always' and 'no.') We learn a great deal about the palate and preferences of the 1950s American housewife, and surprising changes in food in the past 50+ years ( who knew that frozen chicken was uncommon in the early 50s?).
Even knowing the successful outcome, following along as Julia, Simca, and Louisette try to get their epic achievement published is fascinating. Rejected by one publisher as too much, too complicated, too long, they happily do find a home, courtesy of Avis, with Alfred Knopf. And we all know what happens after that!
Reading the correspondence made me pull out my copy of 'Mastering the Art...' and reconsider, with fresh appreciation, what went into making that grand volume that changed so many lives. I grew up with Julia Child, courtesy of my mother's love of cooking, and never really understood what a sea change she brought to the US.
Brava to Les Tres Gourmandes and brava to Avis, without whom we may have never known their work!