My Life in France

Author: Julia Child,Alex Prud'homme

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307475018

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 414

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The legendary food expert describes her years in Paris, Marseille, and Provence and her journey from a young woman who could not cook or speak any French to the publication of her cookbooks and becoming "The French Chef."

My Life in France

Author: Julia Child

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 0715639927

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 364

View: 6066

When Julia Child arrived in Paris in 1948, a six-foot-two-inch, thirty-six-year-old, rather loud and unserious Californian, she spoke barely a few words of French and did not know the first thing about cooking. What's a shallot? she asked her husband Paul, as they waited for their sole meunière during their very first lunch in France, which she was to describe later as 'the most exciting meal of my life'. As she fell in love with French culture, buying food at local markets, sampling the local bistros and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu, her life began to change forever, and My Life in France follows her extraordinary transformation from kitchen ingénue to internationally renowned (and loved) expert in French cuisine. Bursting with adventurous and humorous spirit, Julia Child captures post-war Paris with wonderful vividness and charm.

My Life in France

Author: Patience Coster

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1502600463

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Follow a day in the life, from wake-up to bedtime, of a young person from France.

My Good Life in France

Author: Janine Marsh

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782437339

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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One grey dismal day, Janine Marsh was on a trip to northern France to pick up some cheap wine. She returned to England a few hours later having put in an offer on a rundown old barn in the rural Seven Valleys area of Pas de Calais. This was not something she'd expected or planned for. Janine eventually gave up her job in London to move with her husband to live the good life in France. Or so she hoped. While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Française, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating or proper rooms, and with little money and less of a clue, she started to realize there was lot more to her new home than she could ever have imagined. These are the true tales of Janine's rollercoaster ride through a different culture - one that, to a Brit from the city, was in turns surprising, charming and not the least bit baffling.

Living in France? Sacred Blue!

Author: Terence W. Lott

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1434929043

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 4575

Having decided to live in France on their retirement, the Lotts had many unforgettable and amusing experiences. They searched for the perfect home and found it in Conques-sur-Orbiel and spent six very interesting, enlightening and happy years there with their menagerie of two dogs and eight cats. With their only modest grasp of the language, initially they struggled to make meaningful everyday conversations. Setting up services in their home proved to be challenging - from buying furniture, to installing television and computer, and even to enlisting professional help. The author shares unexpected aspects of life in France that will amuse his readers but will surely bring back familiar reminiscences to anyone who has had such experiences. Living in France? Sacred Blue! by Terence W. Lott gives unusual and surprising insights into French living and the people of France and their ways which are not always obvious to the holiday visitor, but which are witty and entertaining for his readers.

Reign of Terror: Journal of My Life during the French Revolution (Abridged)

Author: Grace Dalrymple Elliott



Category: History

Page: 260

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The cost of love and intrigue for real-life Scottish socialite and courtesan, Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1758–1823), was nearly a trip to the guillotine. Mistress to the Duc d'Orleans and in the center of Paris social life, Elliott was arrested and spent 18 months in prison, all the while expecting to lose her head. Despite his support of the revolutionaries and his hatred of his cousin the king, d'Orleans was beheaded. Grace Elliott was devastated. She soon had more to worry about since her own monarchist sympathies got her rounded up with other aristocrats. After her release, she penned this insider's view of the upper crust of French aristocracy during the Reign of Terror that followed the French Revolution. It was first published after her death. Be sure to LOOK INSIDE or download a sample.

My Life in E-flat

Author: Chan Parker

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 164336278X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

View: 8571

A memoir of the Jazz Age and a life profoundly influenced by it My Life in E-flat is the remarkable memoir of a woman who witnessed some of the most important movements in the history of jazz. Through her autobiography, Chan Parker provides intimate insights into the music and into life with Charlie Parker, the key figure in the development of bebop and one of the most important of all jazz musicians. Born Beverly Dolores Berg in New York City at the height of the Jazz Age, Parker's father was a producer of vaudeville shows and her mother was a dancer in Florenz Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic. Parker became part of the jazz culture as a nightclub dancer and later as the wife of jazz saxophonists Charlie Parker and then Phil Woods. In a moving and candid portrait of Charlie Parker, the author describes in harrowing detail a man of incredible talent besieged with addictions and self-destructiveness. She painfully recounts his death at the age of 35 while married to her and its effect on her life as well as on the musical world. Parker's honest portrait of one of the most gifted musicians in jazz provides unique insight into the history of the music and the difficulties faced by African American performers during the 1940s. Parker also reflects on her struggle to find her own voice and on her work with Clint Eastwood on the film biography of Charlie Parker, Bird (1988).

Old Court Life in France (Complete)

Author: Frances Minto Dickinson Elliot

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465607803

Category: France

Page: N.A

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WE are in the sixteenth century. Europe is young in artistic life. The minds of men are moved by the discussions, councils, protests, and contentions of the Reformation. The printing press is spreading knowledge into every corner of the globe. At this period, three highly educated and unscrupulous young men divide the power of Europe. They are Henry VIII. of England, Charles V. of Austria, and Francis I. of France. Each is magnificent in taste; each is desirous of power and conquest. Each acts as a spur to the others both in peace and in war. They introduce the cultivated tastes, the refined habits, the freedom of thought of modern life, and from the period in which they flourish modern history dates. Of these three monarchs Francis is the boldest, cleverest, and most profligate. The elegance, refinement, and luxury of his court are unrivalled; and this luxury strikes the senses from its contrast with the frugal habits of the ascetic Louis XI. and the homely Louis XII. His reign educated Europe. If ambition led him towards Italy, it was as much to capture the arts of that classic land and to bear them back in triumph to France, as to acquire the actual territory. Francis introduced the French Renaissance, that subtle union of elaborate ornamentation with purity of design which was the renovation of art. When and how he acquired such exact appreciation of the beautiful is unexplained. That he possessed judgment and taste is proved by the monuments he left behind, and by his patronage of the greatest masters of their several arts. The wealth of beauty and colour, the flowing lines of almost divine expression in the works of the Italian painters of the Cinque-cento, delighted the sensuous soul of Francis. Wherever he lived he gathered treasures of their art around him. Such a nature as his had no sympathy with the meritorious but precise elaboration of the contemporary Dutch school, led by the Van Eycks and Holbein. It was Leonardo da Vinci, the head of the Milanese school, who blended power and tenderness, that Francis delighted to honour. He brought Cellini, Primaticcio, and Leonardo from Italy, and never wearied of their company. He established the aged Leonardo at the Château de Clos, near his own castle of Amboise, where the painter is said to have died in the arms of his royal patron. As an architect, Francis left his mark beyond any other sovereign of Europe. He transformed the gloomy fortress-home—embattled, turreted, and moated—into the elaborately decorated, manorial château.