France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and


France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child Beautiful photography and very well written combine to make this book a five star read This book is stunning visually and emotionally Some of the photos took my breath away, and Paul s poem at the end brought tears to my eyes I ve always loved Julia Child, but after reading My Life In France I came to also love her relationship with her husband, Paul This book is a very touching look at their lives and relationship through Paul s eyes with his words and photos he took, and with his story as told by his nephew He was an extraordinary man and half of an extraordinary couple This book is stunning visually and emotionally Some of the photos took my breath away, and Paul s poem at the end brought tears to my eyes I ve always loved Julia Child, but after reading My Life In France I came to also love her relationship with her husband, Paul This book is a very touching look at their lives and relationship through Paul s eyes with his words and photos he took, and with his story as told by his nephew He was an extraordinary man and half of an extraordinary couple best friends, lovers, and partners Beyond expectation and the photography was sensational. Mostly a book of P Child s photography, which I found moderately okay If he weren t J Child s husband I don t think the book would have been written or the pictures published, or the NYT doing a book review, which is what got me to buy the book. A gorgeous book, where Paul Child s finally gets his place in the sun as well. This is a lovely and thoughtful biography maybe tribute is a better word to Paul Child, a fascinating figure in his own right A great book for either a Francophile or a French chef devotee I am always interested in Europe as it was after WWII, and this is a little glance I loved being able to see. Through intimate and compelling photographs taken by her husband Paul Child, a gifted photographer, France is a Feast documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life Paul and Julia moved to Paris inwhere he was cultural attach for the US Information Service, and in this role he met Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa, Brassai, and other leading lights of the photography world As Julia recalled Paris was wonderfully walkable, and it was a natural subject for Paul Their wanderings through the French capital and countryside, frequently photographed by Paul, would help lead to the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia s brilliant and celebrated career in books and on television Though Paul was an accomplished photographer his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art , his photographs remained out of the public eye until the publication of Julia s memoir, My Life in France, in which several of his images were included Now, with thanof Paul s photographs and personal stories recounted by his great nephew Alex Prud homme, France is a Feast not only captures this magical period in Paul and Julia s lives, but also brings to light Paul Child s own remarkable photographic achievement Some might not be aware, but Julia Child s husband did most of the photography and art for her books While working chiefly for the State Department overseas, and the OSS during WWII where he met Julia , he had a lifelong passion for photography and this book is a homage to his work reflecting the years he and Julia lived in France, starting in the late 1940 s into the mid 1950 s From Paris, to Marseilles to Provence All pictures are in black and white and many of Paul Child s philosophies a Some might not be aware, but Julia Child s husband did most of the photography and art for her books While working chiefly for the State Department overseas, and the OSS during WWII where he met Julia , he had a lifelong passion for photography and this book is a homage to his work reflecting the years he and Julia lived in France, starting in the late 1940 s into the mid 1950 s From Paris, to Marseilles to Provence All pictures are in black and white and many of Paul Child s philosophies and theories about the art of picture taking are revealed Three pictures stood out the most for me Julia in her tiny Paris kitchen standing over a steaming sink, Julia, in nude silhouette in front of a curtained window in Florence, Italy, and Julia s splayed legs, hidden in a nook all you see are her 6 2 legs, inside a telephone nook in their home You have the horrible feeling if these two hadn t met, they never would have had the marriage they did They were a true partnership that respected each other s abilities, and they supported each other through thick and thin This is written by the same author who co wrote along with Julia Child, one of my favorite books My Life in France and it is a pictorial journey thru the years that Paul and Julia spent in France from 1948 to 1954 Most of the photographs were taken by Paul, a remarkable photographer, and the text tells about their life and also about Paul s upbringing and his life before meeting Julia in 1945 when he was 42 It is fitting that he should be honored with such a book that showcases his photos as This is written by the same author who co wrote along with Julia Child, one of my favorite books My Life in France and it is a pictorial journey thru the years that Paul and Julia spent in France from 1948 to 1954 Most of the photographs were taken by Paul, a remarkable photographer, and the text tells about their life and also about Paul s upbringing and his life before meeting Julia in 1945 when he was 42 It is fitting that he should be honored with such a book that showcases his photos as he was Julia s partner working behind the scenes in her TV show later on and always encouraging her career He also took the photos for her later cookbooks Julia Child, the woman who seemed to bring about a culinary transformation in America, would never have become the phenomenon she was without the behind the scenes efforts of her husband Paul Child Anyone who has read the memoir My Life in France that Julia wrote with her great nephew Alex Prud homme, will want to have this new book, France is a Feast, where Paul Child is finally given his due A relentless and talented photographer and artist, his photographs present an insightful and eleg Julia Child, the woman who seemed to bring about a culinary transformation in America, would never have become the phenomenon she was without the behind the scenes efforts of her husband Paul Child Anyone who has read the memoir My Life in France that Julia wrote with her great nephew Alex Prud homme, will want to have this new book, France is a Feast, where Paul Child is finally given his due A relentless and talented photographer and artist, his photographs present an insightful and elegant view of France in the post WWII years This book will be enjoyed not only by fans of Julia s cooking shows and books, but by lovers of photography A very welcome book


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About the Author: Alex Prud'Homme

Alex Prud homme is Julia Child s grandnephew A freelance writer, his journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and People He is the author of My Life in France with Julia Child and The Cell Game and the co author with Michael Cherkasky of Forewarned He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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