Saturday, December 17, 2016

Setting the Table for the Second Act

The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act – Alex Prud’Homme (Author/Reader)(Random House Audiobooks)

Author and reader Alex Prud’homme is the great-nephew of Julia Child and co-authored her book, My Life in France and is now back with the follow up installment of her life story, The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act.

It is clear from the writing that Prud’homme has an intimate first-hand knowledge of the subject matter and has spent hours interviewing Child and combing through her voluminous notes, writing, correspondence and other ephemera.

While I tend to lean more towards reading book books rather than biographies of chefs, it is hard not to be attracted to Child’s story which has been well chronicled on a number of occasions and in a variety of formats. Prud’homme does a nice job of delivering that story for the audiobook form of this story.

Clearly the relationship and familial ties lend themselves well to this intimate and intriguing look at Child’s later years until her passing. 

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