The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food
Living in Paris after World War II, Judith Jones broke free of the bland American food she had been raised on and reveled in everyday French culinary delights. On returning to the States--hoping to bring some "joie de cuisi ...more
This book is mostly about what it was like to publish these amazing cookbooks and how American tastes have evolved.
But her memoir als ...more
But despite it's shortcomings I really liked reading about the great chefs she met and about her time in Pari ...more
Jones doesn't dwell too long on any one ...more
Beginning her career after World War II, working for Doubleday in Paris, where she socialized with the likes of Capote and Baldwin, and got permission from Otto Frank to publish his late daughter's diary, and now still editing for Knopf, Jones's book is a history of her world and the truly creative geniuses she welcomed into it....Jul ...more
I wouldn't call this a memoir in the traditional sense, she kind of skips around in her life, and what a life she's led. I would maybe sa ...more
I wish Jones had spent a bit more time on the actual editing process rather than on food's role in society, but I suppose that's because I come from publishing. Reading about how these cookbook authors - the fabulous Julia Child being the catalyst - introduced America to a whole bevy of new foods and flavors and tastes was fascinating - I realized, but only half-heartedly, just ...more
Judith was the editor for Julia Child and others. She and her husband Evan brought french cooking into the mainstream. (as well as Thai, Indian, Chinese and American) Her commentary later in the book about how American's taste in food is being manipulated by marketing is on target. She quote ...more
This was an interesting book about Judith Jones love affair with food and cookbook authors. As the editor who brought Julia Child to the attention of the American public, she was involved in all stages of book and recipe production. She and her husband were both accomplished cooks themselves, and her friends included most of the most famous cookbook authors and chefs in America. An interesting side note early in the book has her rescuing Anne Frank's diary from a slush pile and fighting ...more
I'm not sure it's nice to serve tripe to a kid used to mac and cheese from a box, but I admire her zest for life. It seemed particularly zesty as I was in bed sipping theraflu while I read it.
I really want to give it 4 stars, partly influenced by my good friend Anne, who loves it (and, I believe, gave me my copy!), and partly because I really did enjoy it. But I just don't think it's a standout--as I often say, time will tell. The book ended abruptly this evening because I hadn't realized how many recipes were included. I ...more
Judith Jones, now a senior editor and vice president at Knopf, has long been a major force in the cookbook world. Her foodie fans might not know that she also played a role in bringing Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl to America or that she has edited literary stars like John Updike and Anne Tyler. Two reviewers faulted Jones's style, but none denied her interesting and influential career. Indeed, if it weren't for Jones, American consumers might have a hard time purchasing such basics as f...more
"Only in America! There is something about us that still nurtures a love-hate relationship with food that is hard to dislodge." p. 131
"It seems to me that with all this experimental, high-t ...more