Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child
  • Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child
  • Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child

Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child

by Nancy Verde Barr
     
 

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"Backstage with Julia is packed with endearing anecdotes."
The New York Times Book Review

From 1980 onward, Nancy Verde Barr was Julia Child's friend and associate—the executive chef who helped orchestrate the television shows, cookbooks, and articles that made Julia such a beloved figure. Now, Barr looks back over their long

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"Backstage with Julia is packed with endearing anecdotes."
The New York Times Book Review

From 1980 onward, Nancy Verde Barr was Julia Child's friend and associate—the executive chef who helped orchestrate the television shows, cookbooks, and articles that made Julia such a beloved figure. Now, Barr looks back over their long association and brings to life the real Julia—the adventurous, inquisitive, and often mischievous woman who was completely unassuming despite her fame. Filled with vivid anecdotes and stories—from prepping a cooking demonstration on Good Morning America to vacationing with Julia in Italy—Backstage with Julia offers a delightful behind-the-scenes portrait of America's most revered chef.

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Dorothy Kalins
Backstage with Julia is packed with endearing anecdotes…
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Barr (We Called It Macaroni) worked with culinary icon Julia Child for 24 years, starting in 1980 as an assistant to Child's monthly live segment on Good Morning Americaand remaining until Child's death in 2004. This delightful and sprightly backstage look at life with Child (a "Lucille Ball-with-a-rolling-pin character in the kitchen") describes Barr's work as an integral member of "the Julia team" that supported Child's "mind-boggling" schedule of demonstrations, media appearances and book signings. Barr skillfully illustrates Child's "extraordinary drive" in business, showing how "she never took her success or her audiences' acceptance of her work for granted," and how throughout her many ventures, "she maintained the integrity of what she was doing—teaching cooking." A delightful description of a day when the pair "gobbled down Double-Double burgers at the In-N-Out drive thru" illustrates how Child was "as down-to-earth, unguarded, and unselfconsciously outspoken in the company of friends as she was with the cameras rolling." By concentrating on the "memories of the Julia who was my mentor, my colleague, my friend; my story of what made her so special," Barr provides a sweet addition to Noel Riley Fitch's biography Appetite for Lifeand, recently, Child's autobiography with Alex Prud'Homme, My Life in France. (June)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470276372
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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