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Dorothy KalinsBackstage with Julia is packed with endearing anecdotes…
—The New York Times
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)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Posted September 27, 2009
This book is a clever accumulation of personal experience, loving tribute to Julia, and inspiration for any woman. Nancy's personal recollections of Julia were always vividly written and lively. She had an insider's look at all angles of Julia's personality and home life. The addition of personal photographs from her collection was like looking through a family photo album. I am considering volunteering this book for my book club since it was so highly entertaining and brought back delicious memories of both Julia and other home cooks in my life.
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Posted October 13, 2010
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