Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times


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Who more than Julia Child, brought the joy of cooking into our lives, and our lives back in to the kitchen.  From her we learned new skills, mastering the art of French Cuisine, even savoring moments over a hot stove for the satisfaction of gathering family and friends to share in epicurean feasts.

Julia worked for the Office of Strategic Services eventually married and when they were sent to France, in wonderment she said  “I was hysterical about everything in France. I thought it was so wonderful, and it took me several years at least to calm down and not be so pro-French. After one taste of French food, after our very first meal in France, at Rouen,…after that first unforgettable lunch, I was hooked. I’d never eaten like that before, I didn’t know such food existed. ….. It was simply a whole new life experience.” - Particular Passions:  Talks with Women who Have Shaped our Times.

The two volumes of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” she and her collaborators produced after 9 years are the most thorough teaching books on French cooking technique in the English language.  She transformed our lives, just as she had transformed her own.

“Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.” -  Brian Eno

Read the brief oral biography of Julia Child, whose love of French culture and cuisine brought a renewed appreciation for the culinary arts in America.


“One of those rare, rare books that pick your life up, turn it around and point it in the right direction.  —K.T. Maclay

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