My daughter gave me the book, "My Life in France" by Julia Child, which was written in her last days. It begins with her marriage to Paul Child and they resided in France in 1948 for several years in which she depicts in great detail (often with humor) the various areas of France, including the lives of the people they knew both in France and the United States. Julia Child graduated from Smith College but not with a culinary degree. After eating fine food in the local French restaurants, she became fascinated with the art and skill of cooking. She enrolled in the Cordon Bleu School of culinary arts and meticulously honed her craft with glorious days of cooking for her husband and friends.
What was also fascinating to me about the book was the way she describes the preparation of the dishes and the way they should taste. I was also intrigued by the years of recipe development for each dish, whereby it would be tested many times over to get it just right in terms of flavor and texture. This recipe testing was the basis for the tome, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," written by Julia and her two French culinary expert friends, which was considered by many well-known chefs of the time to be the best and most comprehensive cooking guide for beginners and experts alike.
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