Tammy's Reviews > As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto: Food, Friendship, and the Making of a Masterpiece

As Always, Julia by Joan Reardon
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Mar 30, 2011

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There was a lot in this I really liked--it was interesting to see the development of the cookbook and growing friendship between DeVoto and Child was warm and engaging. There were several interesting comments and insights into life in America in the 1950s. You already expect Julia Child's life to be interesting, but I was really surprised at how interesting (and likeable) I found Avis DeVoto to be. I particularly liked how well connected she was; her letters are peppered with famous names ("Ansel Adams is coming to dinner tonight..."). I thought it was funny how they both start most of their letters complaining about how busy they are. I guess not much has changed in that area in the last 60 years.

I felt a bit bogged down towards the end with the details and names...the book gets more detailed as the two women become better friends and have more to write about, so I glossed over many parts at the end. Overall, I think the editor did a good job at compiling and editing the letters for content and narrative. I was left appreciating these two women--I am so jealous about how interesting their lives were, and also ashamed that I haven't been doing as much with mine...but then again, they were very determined and motivated...

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M Oh, I thought this sounded good! I'll be curious to see what you think.

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