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Alex Prud'homme

Autor(a) de My Life in France

12+ Works 5,655 Membros 218 Reviews

About the Author

Alex Prud'homme has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Talk, and Time. His books include My Life in France (with Julia Child), The Cell Game, and Forewarned (with Michael Cherkasky). He lives with his family in Brooklyn.

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Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, USA
Child, Julia (great aunt)



A fascinating look at a number of the presidents starting with George Washington and finishing out with Joe Biden. It is not clear why those chosen were, but it was a good mix of personalities and preferences.

The most enjoyable aspect of the book was that it really got into some of the habits, foibles, and characteristics of these important men that would normally be hidden from us. There is quite a range of interesting topics and aspects to the men and their families I found quite entertaining.

The authors political orientation becomes quite apparent as he heaps praises on his favorites, hint starts with D, and semi-bashes that other party particularly Mr.T, No surprise there.

A good read for those curious about the somewhat human nature of these leaders and the power of food particularly in the political process.
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knightlight777 | outras 2 resenhas | May 24, 2024 |
This was a very enjoyable reread. I love being taken to France with Julia and I love thinking about all that wonderful food. I wouldn't want to do all that cooking, however. I think the writing is adequate, but the story it tells is brilliant.

(written earlier) This is a re-read for me. I just watched the film Julie and Julia (for the umpteenth time) and thought I'd take another look at the original Julia Child book. The other one, by Julie Powell, I didn't like when I began reading it a few years ago and never finished. But this one has been on my favorites shelf at home since I first read it, and those books usually do well with a second (or third) reading. So far, so good.… (mais)
dvoratreis | outras 202 resenhas | May 22, 2024 |
My Life in France is a memoir of France and the joys of cooking by the great Julia Child, assisted by her great-nephew, Alex Prud'homme. Through her eyes we dine at restaurants in Paris, Marseille, and Provence, learn to cook at the Cordon Bleu, and become an American celebrity after the publication of her best-selling cookbooks and the success of her TV show. She was also devoted to her husband, Paul Child, a career diplomat, and he to her; they seem to have had the happiest of marriages.

This is the second time I've read this memoir, and I loved it all over again. I watched a few episodes of her TV show The French Chef part way through reading it in order to get her sonorous voice into my head, and to revel again in her sense of fun, her love of food, her good humour, her height. (Child was 6'2".) Viewing made reading more fun as the joie de vivre present in her book I could now hear in her voice. I think I would have liked Julia Child very much, which is one of the marks of successes of a memoir, I think. You see things through the author's eyes, and approve her actions and thoughts.

Anyone who loves good food whether cooked in a restaurant or at home, any Francophile, anyone who enjoys an honest, quirky, and gently comic memoir will love this book. I did. Twice. There will be a third time, and maybe a fourth.
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ahef1963 | outras 202 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
I expected to enjoy this more than I actually did. Julia Child, French cuisine guru, arrived in Paris as a young woman with no particular cooking skills. But she became passionate first about eating, then about cooking - well and with understanding - the French classic repertoire. It became her life's work.

Though her enthusiasm is infectious, her deep knowledge obvious and admirable, and despite her francophilia, I rather wanted to get this book over and done with. I'm not the sort of cook who enjoys the fancy, rich classic cuisine of the time, or wants to have recipes in which every 1/4 teaspoonful matters, so she's not my sort of cookery writer. The story seemed sometimes disjointed, with episodes left up in the air.

For all that, she's a disarmingly warm and lively character, and her evocation of life in post-war Paris makes for an interesting read. But I probably shan't be looking out for more of her books, even though I could undoubtedly learn a huge amount.
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Margaret09 | outras 202 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |



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