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The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second ACT (Paperback)

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Alex Prud’homme was the person (and grandnephew) who helped Julia Child write My Life in France. Today he gives us a new take on the culinary master—an objective perspective on the woman whose soul embraced France, but who was by, of, and for America. A woman revered, talented, and flawed—and above all, beloved. Familiar stories are given new dimensions, and new tales open up further ways to know the cook who changed home cooking.

— Jocelyn


In this enchanting follow-up to My Life in France--Julia Child's beloved and best-selling memoir--her co-author and grandnephew, Alex Prud'homme, chronicles Julia's rise from home cook to the first celebrity chef. While at the beginning of her career Julia's name was synonymous with French cooking, she fashioned a new identity in the 1970s, reinventing and Americanizing herself. Here we see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, and ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. The story of a remarkable woman who found her true voice in middle age and profoundly shaped our relationship with food, The French Chef in America is a fascinating look at the second act of a unique culinary icon.

About the Author

Alex Prud'homme is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications. He is the co-author of Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France, and authored or co-authored four other books: The Ripple Effect, Hydrofracking, The Cell Game, and Forewarned. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. www.alexprudhomme.com

Product Details
ISBN: 9780804168793
ISBN-10: 0804168792
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English


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