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As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto (edição: 2010)

de Joan Reardon (Autor)

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Presents more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent. This collection opens the window on Julia's deepest thoughts and feelings.
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Título:As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto
Autores:Joan Reardon (Autor)
Informação:Houghton (2010), 416 pages
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Etiquetas:Julia Child-Letters-Biography, Avis De Voto-Letters-Biography, Food writing

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This is an interesting insight into Julia's life and the times. She and Avis write back and forth about what food items are available in France vs the US, recipes, politics (both liberals - a lot of discussion about McCarthy), and about the process of getting a book published. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Hardly a book I expected to find so engrossing and detailed and personal; with very minimal bridging materials and introductions, this collection of letters between the title women is engrossing for their discussions of cooking, writing, contemporary politics (fascinating looks at the McCarthy era on both their parts), and more. A book of interest whether you're a fan of cooking or not.

I'd picked this up on a whim at the library for my wife to thumb through, and insomnia (and a well structured book with great voices in the letters) had me finishing this before she'd even looked at it. ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
I have been slowly picking away at this book. I love it while I am reading it but I think it is time to turn it in. I will come back to it, I love watching the friendship between these 2 women grow through letters. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
Really worthwhile but not a fast read. Through their correspondence, Julia Child and Avis DeVoto became not only the best of friends but also wildly successful publishing collaborators (in bringing to fruition arguably the most famous and influential cookbook of the mid-twenteth century). Reading these letters, which can feel uncomfortably intrusive at times, is a fascinating glimpse into their lives. Joan Reardon does an admirable job of filling in the background and including discreet footnotes identifying the many people who are mentioned in passing. The subject matter occasionally gets repetitive and tedious (particularly the political observations, which after a while tend to fall into the category of "more of the same"); personally, I would have been much more heavy handed about winnowing the letters. Nevertheless, the book is a real treat, a rare opportunity to observe the myriad circumstances which brought about publication of a seminal book and ultimately launched Julia Child into the public eye. ( )
  LizHD | Mar 25, 2015 |
Julia Child (1912-2004) is the well-known author, with Simone Beck, of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a comprehensive two-volume cookbook that demystified French cuisine for millions of American home cooks. As Always, Julia shows how this master work was discovered, created, and published, and tells the story through letters between Julia and Avis DeVoto. Without Avis, the cookbook might never have been seen by the major US publishing houses. And Julia and Avis might never have known each other, were it not for a letter from Julia to Bernard DeVoto, who wrote for Harper's Magazine. Avis was handling her husband's correspondence, and in replying to Julia began a friendship that blossomed and endured throughout their lives.

The letters between Julia and Avis are a delight to read. The two women chat amiably about their families, discover common ground in their political beliefs, and share their passion for fine cuisine. Their initial reserve melted away very quickly, and it's clear each had discovered a kindred spirit. As Julia developed recipes, Avis worked tirelessly to establish connections with the publishing industry. Also, since Julia was stationed in Europe with her husband Paul, Avis also provided valuable insight on the typical American cook, and ingredients commonly found in American supermarkets. The two women also routinely sent each other ingredients and equipment that the other could not find locally.

Having used Mastering the Art of French Cooking myself, it was interesting to see how some of the recipes developed over time, and the logic behind the book's overall structure. I'm eager to try my hand at some new-to-me recipes, and will enjoy doing so with Julia and Avis' friendship in mind. ( )
  lauralkeet | Mar 31, 2014 |
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The pleasures of “As Always, Julia” are modest but real. This book feels like chick lit — or should I call these women very game hens? — of an exalted order. The sound it makes is that of two housewives, each in her 40s, becoming pen pals and then ecstatic soul mates in the dreary 1950s. They let rip about all kinds of things, from shallots, beurre blanc and the misery of dried herbs to politics, aging and sex.
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To the trustees, administrators, and staff of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, whose vision made available the letters and special collections that have made all my publications possible including As Always, Julia.

And to William Truslow, the trusted lawyer, friend, and custodian of Julia Child's legacy, and Mark DeVoto, the beloved and accomplished son of Avis DeVoto.
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Almost three and a half years after arriving in Paris with her husband, Paul, Julia Child read an rticle in a 1951 issue of Harper's written by the historian and prolific journalist Bernard DeVoto.
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