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France Is a Feast


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Foreword by Katie Pratt * Prologue: A Brimming Cup, Alex Prud'homme * Paris, 1948-1953 * Paris * Marseille, 1953-1954 * Marseille * `Behind the Shutter' * France * A Curry of a Life * Epilogue: Everything Is Go

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An arresting, intimate collection of photographs taken by Paul Child to document his life in France with his wife Julia, the beloved doyenne of culinary arts in America.

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Alex Prud'homme, the grandnephew of Paul Child, is the co-author with Julia Child of the New York Times #1 bestseller My Life in France, which also inspired half the film, 'Julie & Julia', starring Meryl Streep as Julia. He recently wrote a book about Julia Child during the 1970s, titled The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. Katie Pratt is a photography curator raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose parents were among Paul and Julia Childs's closest friends. She lives in Marin County, California.


France is a Feast lives up to its name, presenting a rich treasure-trove of photography, biography, history and culinary lore... While Paul's arresting, artful images offer a fascinating glimpse of the couple's life in France between 1948 and 1954, it's the photos of Julia that are strikingly intimate: Julia kneeling near her cat in the couple's apartment; her nude silhouette in front of a sunlit window in Florence; Julia talking on the phone, with only her long, outstretched legs visible, but her warm, hearty laugh so easy to imagine.-- "BookPage"
France Is a Feast showcases Paul Child's black-and-white photography, and offers the most complete biography of Julia Child's husband to date... A "visual extension" of Julia's memoir... [France is a Feast] features more than 220 black and white photos from Paul's lens, plus the most detailed biography to date about the man behind Julia Child.-- "Boston Magazine"
Before she was the renegade chef, maven of the kitchen, and beloved culinary icon, Julia Child was simply... herself. [France is a Feast] offers an intimate insight into the chef's time in the country she came to love.-- "Food52"
Before Julia Child became Julia Child, she and her husband, Paul, a career diplomat, lived from 1948 until 1954 in Paris and Marseille. In addition to his work in the civil service, Paul was an accomplished photographer who continually documented his surroundings. France Is a Feast... captures the bygone world the couple inhabited.-- "Travel + Leisure"
Full of illuminating photographs, the book is also suffused with personal insight into the couple. The volume is written by Alex Prud'homme, Paul's great-nephew, and the man who coauthored Julia's famed My Life in France. And what's more, Katie Pratt, photo curator of the book... is the daughter of dear friends of the couple. So from text to photographic vignettes, this publication is an intimate look inside the life of one extraordinary couple living in 1950s France.-- "Vogue"
Paul's photographs of their years in France are included in France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child, a handsome, large-format book... Author Alex Prud'homme writes about Paul (his great uncle), Paul's passion for photography, and for his wife, Julia.-- "Omnivoracious"
Thoroughly delicious... Comprised of 225 black-and-white photographs by Paul Child, the husband of Julia Child, taken during the couple's time in France beginning in 1948, this intimate photo album delivers mesmerizing visual addenda to Julia Child's memoir, My Life in France. Zeroing in on postwar Paris, the book covers the couple's early years in France and yields a unique perspective on postwar Europe as well as on the backstory of the woman whose name is synonymous with French cuisine in 20th-century America. The collection includes photos of Julia's days at the Cordon Bleu with fellow chefs, as well as snapshots of her at work amid pots and pans in the tiny kitchen of the couple's Paris apartment. In other photos, Paul plays with shadows and angles while shooting the streets of Paris or the fields of the French countryside. There are also the more everyday traveler's shots featuring a leggy Julia that illuminate the love story between the photographer and his muse.-- "Publishers Weekly"

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