I was at the local library the other day and saw "As Always, Julia - The Letters of Julia Child." Since seeing the recent movie "Julie & Julia" starring actress Meryl Streep, I have become an avid fan of Julia Child.
This new book of letters was complied by Joan Reardon and is delightful to read. It is like experiencing the movie all over again, only with more details that the movie was not able to provide at length. The movie does convey much of the spirit of these letters that Reardon has selected and edited.
In his review for the Wall Street Journal Christopher Kimball noted that Child for all her love and praise of French cooking was the quintessential American. As I understand Kimball to say, she was American in the democratic sense that her love for French cooking was eager to share it with the world and not keep it so secret.
And, as I think of it, Child in many ways made the art of French cooking available to all without taking away any of its finer points. This book of letters conveys Child's wit, humor and enthusiasm very much as it was wonderfully portrayed by Streep in the movie "Julie & Julia."
So, for all the fans of the movie and of Julia Child, take the time to read Reardon's selection of the letters between Child and cookbook collaborator Avis DeVoto.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, New York, 2010