Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Reading lists - Julia Child

Normally we stick to fiction and narrative non-fiction on this blog, but it's a special occasion! Today would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. To celebrate, why not read a biography about the great lady? How about cooking something special from one of her groundbreaking cookbooks, such as Mastering the Art of French Cooking? If you're in the mood for a laugh, you may want to read or watch Julie & Julia. Bon appétit!


Appetite for Life by Noel Riley Fitch
An account of Julia Child's life, from her youth as a California girl, to her years at Smith College and as a volunteer during World War II where she met her husband who introduced her to the art of French cuisine. (Bio Child Julia)

As Always, Julia by Julia Child and Avis DeVoto
Shares the previously unpublished correspondence between the iconic celebrity chef and her unofficial literary agent from 1952 to 1965, offering insight Julia's early experiences as a new bride in Paris, her support of her diplomat husband, and her views on period politics. (641.5092 Rea)

Dearie by Bob Spitz
Draws on the iconic culinary figure's personal diaries and letters to present a one-hundredth birthday commemoration that offers insight into her role in shaping women's views and influencing American approaches to cooking.(Bio Child Julia)

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
Here is the captivating story of Julia Child's years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found "her true calling." From the moment she and her husband Paul, who worked for the USIS, arrived in the fall of 1948, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Filled with her husband's beautiful black-and-white photographs as well as family snapshots.(Bio Child Julia)


From Julia Child’s Kitchen by Julia Child
One of Child’s first—and most successful—cookbooks. Using a very accessible approach to French cooking from an American point of view, here are recipes and techniques for the beginner as well as the more advanced cook, using easily available ingredients for everything from soups and appetizers to dessert. (641.5 Chi)

In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs by Julia Child
The popular television chef joined forces with twenty-six master cooks from across the country to present a collection of 150 recipes representing a variety of American and ethnic cuisine. (641.5 Ch)

Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home by Julia Child and Jacques Pépin
Two legendary cooks invited readers into their kitchen to learn the basics of good home cooking. Readers will sense the pleasure the two are having cooking together, tasting, exchanging ideas, joshing with each other, and raising a glass to savor the fruits of their labor. They demonstrate that cooking is endlessly fascinating and challenging and, while ultimately personal, it is a joy to be shared. (641.5944 Chi)

Julia Child & Company by Julia Child
Julia Child's inimitable ways of coping with common kitchen dilemmas are shared along with menus and recipes that range from a vegetarian caper and lobster soufflé to a country dinner of leek and rabbit pie. (641.5 Ch)

Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child
Julia Child gave extensive answers to countless common kitchen questions over the course of her career. Over the years she also developed some new approaches to old problems, using time-saving equipment and more readily available products. Find decades’ worth of answers compiled here. (641.5 Chi)

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck
“Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here is the book that, for more than 50 years, has been teaching Americans how. (641.5944 Chi)

The Way to Cook by Julia Child
Child blended classic techniques with free-style American cooking and with added emphasis on lightness, freshness, and simpler preparations. To help readers who lack the most basic knowledge, she organized the book by techniques rather than by ingredients. (641.5 Ch)

Julie & Julia

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
The blogger recounts how she escaped the doldrums of an unpromising career by mastering every recipe in Julia Child's 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a year-long endeavor that transformed her life. (641.5 Pow)

Julie & Julia
In the 2009 movie based on the book, Meryl Streep plays Julia Child and Amy Adams plays Julie Powell. The movie also draws inspiration from Child’s My Life in France. (DVD F Jul)

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