“Every generation imprints on a slightly different Julia.”
That’s what Karen Karbo says in her new book, Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life. Karbo reflects on the fact that Child has been in the public eye for many decades, starting with her iconic cookbooks, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, volumes I and II. Many later came to know and love the “slightly goofy cheerleader, known as ‘the French Chef,’ first in black-and-white, then in color.” Karbo says more recently, the 2009 film Julie and Julia, “reintroduced Julia to a whole new, hip home-cooking crowd.”
Julia Child Rules is the fourth in Karbo’s Kick Ass Women series. It contains delicious tidbits from Child’s biography that you may not have heard before. Did you know, for example, that Child got married 24 hours after being in a car wreck? Or that she went ATV riding in her 70s?
The book also explores Child’s character to illuminate a woman who Karbo says was never afraid to be utterly and completely herself. Karbo asks:
“How did she turn out this way? And more important, is there any way we can reverse engineer our own lives in order to see whether we might extract any Juliaesque essence that will help us live as fully and gaily as she did?”
Are you a Julia Child fan? How has she influenced your cooking — or your view of life?
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OPB | Sept. 27, 2016