I remember sitting on my grandparents sofa cushion, watching Julia Child with my grandmother. Not really understanding what she said or the ingredients she was using, but truly being in awe of a woman who seemed so comfortable in the kitchen.
Julia Child is a legend in the cooking world. If your any kind of foodie.. you already know that.
She’s inspired woman to be bold and confident in the kitchen and has made French recipes, American favorites.
As Always Julia is a collection of letters written between Julia Child and Avis Devoto. Back in the days when there were no emails or text messages, just good ole fashioned paper and pen, two married women are brought together through one letter about knives. Hundreds of letters latter, a best selling cookbook is published and a dear dear friendship is solidified.
As Always Julia, starts right at the beginning, with Julia writing Mr. Devoto, a journalist who had recently written a column in Harper’s on American knives. With Avis answering for her husband, the two women start a long running pen pal type relationship the evolves into the publishing of Julia Child’s first cookbook.
It was wonderful to sit and read Julia’s letters. It allows the reader to see sides of Julia that many people did not know. Political viewpoints, thoughts on recipes and how American’s REALLY have no idea how to cook the French way, and so much more.
Julia had a quick wit about her and never really seemed to mince words. She told it like it was.
“ I think one should get one’s vitamins in salads and raw fruits, and what is cooked should be absolutely delicious and to hell with vitamins. I think we have a phobia about vitamins in the USA.. and that the average person would have a horror of boiled and refreshed green vegetable.. and would rather have spongy stuff with water floating about, just because they think it has vitamins in it.”
At times I felt like I was almost eavesdropping on two close friends talking. Taking in all their humor, frustrations, and general life concerns.
If you are Julia Childs fan in anyway, I highly suggest turning the pages on this book..
* Thank you to Houghton Mifflin for the opportunity to review this book. All opinions and thoughts are 100% mine *