As Always, Julia edited by Joan Reardon

Reading Julia Child’s letters is such a treat! I wish I had known her and we could have corresponded by letter. Her personality shines through in her letters to Avis Devoto. They wrote about everything! Politics, literature, kitchen gadgets, nothing is off topic. You learn about the creation of MTAOFC which took many years. You also get a real sense of life during the McCarthy era, the anger and frustration of Americans. Plus, I love hearing about the new innovations–dishwashers, blenders, etc. It seems like a dark era in the American kitchen. Shallots were a luxury!

This book of letters is simply fantastic. It confirms Julia Child’s status as an American treasure in my book.

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