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Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child [NOOK Book]

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You’ll love this intimate portrait of the inimitable Julia Child by Nancy Verde Barr, her executive chef and friend for twenty-four years. Brimming with anecdotes, memorabilia, and snapshots, Backstage with Julia conveys Julia’s generosity, her boundless energy, and her love of food and life. This loving memoir celebrates the adventurous, unassuming essence of the chef who seasoned American palates and heightened our appreciation of food.
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Overview

You’ll love this intimate portrait of the inimitable Julia Child by Nancy Verde Barr, her executive chef and friend for twenty-four years. Brimming with anecdotes, memorabilia, and snapshots, Backstage with Julia conveys Julia’s generosity, her boundless energy, and her love of food and life. This loving memoir celebrates the adventurous, unassuming essence of the chef who seasoned American palates and heightened our appreciation of food.
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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: 9780544177468
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 285
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

NANCY VERDE BARR worked with Julia Child for eighteen years, serving as executive chef for Julia's live demonstrations, TV shows, Parade magazine features, and helped Julia write two of her cookbooks. Barr herself is the author of one novel and two cookbooks--Make It Italian, a James Beard Award finalist, and We Called It Macaroni, a finalist for both the IACP and James Beard Awards.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Chapter 1.

Chapter 2.

Chapter 3.

Chapter 4.

Chapter 5.

Chapter 6.

Chapter 7.

Chapter 8.

Chapter 9.

Chapter 10.

Postscript.

Resources.

Index

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    I feel like I've been with Julia

    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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