The enchanting story of Julia Child's years as TV personality and beloved cookbook author--a sequel in spirit to My Life in France--by her great-nephew
ALEX PRUD'HOMME is Julia Child's great-nephew and the coauthor of her autobiography, My Life in France, which was adapted into the movie Julie & Julia. He is also the author of The Ripple Effect- The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century, Hydrofracking- What Everyone Needs to Know, and The Cell Game, and he is the coauthor (with Michael Cherkasky) of Forewarned- Why the Government Is Failing to Protect Us--and What We Must Do to Protect Ourselves. Prud'homme's journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and People.
"Joyous . . . poignant. . . . There was no one quite like Julia
Child, who changed the world with her wit and whisks."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Inspiring and engaging. . . . It's impossible not to love Julia Child." -The Wall Street Journal
"Child's voice comes through clearly in this affectionate account of the second half of her long career." -Richmond Times-Dispatch
"[An] intricately and intriguingly detailed biography of [Prud'homme's] delicious, good-naturedly opinionated great-aunt, Julia Child." -Mimi Sheraton, The Daily Beast
"[The French Chef in America] highlights flavors and philosophies that fueled [Julia Child's] style of cooking, the legacy of which would go on to change and shape the way we eat today." -Nylon
"A warm, nuanced celebration of 'Our Lady of the Ladle' . . . . [Prud'homme] delights with behind-the-scenes details of Child's later life in the U.S. after years in France. Through extensive conversations with many who worked with Child and those she's inspired, including Emeril Lagasse and Sara Moulton, Prud'homme explores [Child's story]. . . . With Prud'hommes's gentle hand, readers see the truth of Child behind her playful persona." -Publishers Weekly
"The French Chef in America shows us a newly famous Child, who at times struggles with her celebrity but manages nonetheless to define a new kind of food television and secure her own enduring legacy." -Smithsonian magazine
"Delightful. . . . Family photos of the personality-driven star add an intimate quality." -Tasting Table
"Prud'homme deftly chronicles the years after Julia Child left France. . . . As Child's grandnephew, Prud'homme is able to provide an intimate portrait of Child's life by sharing photographs, excerpts of key letters and daily journals, and personal memories. He dishes up the story of Child's life . . . in a manner as engaging as Julia Child herself and as delicious as one of her recipes." -Booklist