This week we're on chapters 6 and 7 in our Kitchn Book Club
selection, My Life in France
, by Julia Child and her nephew. First, a quick recap of the events in these two chapters... Chapter 6 immediately introduces Judith Bailey Jones, the editor who would launch Mastering the Art of French Cooking
into the stratosphere of American cookbooks, and who would go on to be a friend, muse, and best advocate on behalf of not only Julia Child but many other prominent American author-chefs.
It was such a relief, after reading about years of hard work and rejection, to see how The Book was finally brought into the publishing fold. Chapter 6 is a whirlwind journey through the galleys, publication, publicity tour and appearances promoting the book. We feel drawn into the new world of Julia and Simca as they figure out how to promote this ostensibly difficult book to American cooks.
Then a big thing in Chapter 6 too - Julia's first appearance on television - a medium she was nearly ignorant of! We loved the look back at this first trip into public cooking shows; what a treat!
Chapter 7 sees the research, planning, photographs, writing and illustration of the second volume of Mastering. We see Julia consult with a famous bread baker, take a trip back to France, and hang out with James Beard himself.
All right - that's the bare details. Now - what did you think about these two chapters?
The book club is open and it's not too late to join! Curl up with Julia's adventures in France this week.
• My Life in France, $10.17 at Amazon