Julia Child: A Life by Laura Shapiro

By Laura Shapiro

The scrumptious lifetime of some of the most liked figures in twentiethcentury American culture-soon to be performed through Meryl Streep in a big movement picture

With a swooping voice, an irrepressible humorousness, and a keenness for solid nutrition, Julia baby ushered within the nation's culinary renaissance. In Julia baby, award-winning foodstuff author Laura Shapiro tells the tale of Child's not going profession direction, from California social gathering lady to coolheaded leader clerk in a global conflict II secret agent station to bewildered beginner cook dinner and at last to the sous-chef in Paris, the varsity that encouraged her calling. A meals lover who used to be quintessentially American, down to her little-known recipe for traditional tuna fish casserole, Shapiro's Julia Child personifies her personal most famed lesson: that studying tips on how to cook dinner capacity studying find out how to reside.

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As a young boy, before puberty, I had been short and fat. That meant being teased by my classmates and, equally painful, always being last chosen for a team. Later, no longer short and fat, reaching an even six feet and weighing about 160 pounds, I still was not much of an athlete. Although I had considerable strength and endurance and lots of energy, it was not combined with much speed, physical skill, or agility. In a culture in which athletes were heroes and their exploits defined manliness, I felt as if I had Page 14 been passed over when such gifts were handed out.

Page 10 At my new home, I transferred from Pasadena City College to Los Angeles City College, which was just a fifteen-minute streetcar ride away. Because our family had a car and we paid more for rent than was allowed for those receiving public assistance, I was not eligible for government aid from the National Youth Administration. But I was able to get a job in the Bacteriology Department of the college where I was taking courses. It was a wonderful fit for me, and I began to think seriously of switching from a premedical to a bacteriology major.

I didn't think to ask him then, and I never found out the answer. In the personal, internal realm, the reasons for my going started with the fact that I was less than two months short of twenty-one, young, healthy, and full of energy, with my hormones surging and probably out of balance. " The sense of adventure was surely a factor. I had no serious commitment to a woman at that time, so there were no emotional or sexual ties holding me back. I was still a virgin, and my sexual turbulence was high.

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