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France is a Feast

The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child

Alex Prud'homme, Katie Pratt

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An arresting collection of photographs by Paul Child documenting his life in postwar France with his wife Julia, the beloved doyenne of culinary arts

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France is a Feast documents, through intimate and compelling photographs, Julia Child discovering French cooking and the French way of life. It all began under the guidance of her husband, Paul Child, a passionate photographer. Paul and Julia Child moved to Paris in 1948 where he was the cultural attaché for the US Information Service in Paris, and in this role he first met Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Brassaï, 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 Paris and other French cities and towns and the French countryside photographed by Paul, would help lead to the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia Child’s brilliant and celebrated career in books and on television.

Though Paul Child was an accomplished photographer (his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, acquired by Edward Steichen), his photographs remained out of the public eye until the publication of Julia Child’s memoir, in which many of his photographs were included. In helping to tell Julia’s story, they also brought to light the remarkable photographic achievement of Paul Child.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 24.6 x 22.3 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 225

Publication date: 12 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500519073

Contents List

Foreword by Katie Pratt • Prologue: A Brimming Cup, Alex Prud’homme • Paris, 1948–1953 • Paris • Marseille, 1953–1954 • Marseille • ‘Behind the Shutter’ • France • A Curry of a Life • Epilogue: Everything Is Go

About the Author

Alex Prud’homme, the grandnephew of Paul Child, is the co-author with Julia Child of the New York Times #1 bestseller My Life in France, which also inspired half the film, ‘Julie & Julia’, starring Meryl Streep as Julia. He recently wrote a book about Julia Child during the 1970s, titled The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Katie Pratt is a photography curator raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose parents were among Paul and Julia Childs’s closest friends. She lives in Marin County, California.

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