I'll confess, I picked up "My Life in France" after seeing the movie "Julie and Julia" but only recently delved into it. I don't have any of Julia Child's cookbooks (yet) but remember being captivated by her PBS cooking show when I was young. She'd always impressed me as a woman with a great joie de vivre, sense of humor and amazing tenacity. Reading her memoir, written with her grandnephew Alex Prud'Homme, this image of her is only reinforced.
Julia's voice comes through on every page; one can almost hear her describing her first taste of sole meuniere, wildflowers in the French countryside, or the powerful mistral winds in Marseilles. Her recounting of the painstaking experimentation with recipes (including reconciling the differences and/or availability of ingredients between France and the U.S.), editing and re-editing and desire to explain not only the "how" but the "why" of classic French dishes inspired me to order a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, with hopes of improving my cooking skills as well as trying some of the recipes for our favorite French dishes.
One doesn't have to be an expert or even aspiring cook to enjoy "My Life In France." If you enjoy travel, France, eating, or reading about people who have lived full and interesting lives, I think you will enjoy this book.