Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

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My Life in France by Julia Child

A love of no-to-low-fuss but adventurous cooking coupled with an extended kitchen renovation means I've been looking for other ways to satisfy my need for gustatory entertainment. My most recent solution : the audiobook of Julia Child's autobiography, My Life in France.

This memoir follows Julia and Paul Child through their first posting in France in 1948 all the way through their return stateside and beyond into the 1970s. Julia reminisces about her time at Le Cordon Bleu, the trials and joys through years of collaborative efforts in creating Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and how The French Chef came to be. Throughout her narrative, themes of family, friendship, and even a light smattering of global politics keep the story from becoming too mired in, to use Child's own phrase, "cookbookery."

Those interested in Julia Child's life and works, as well as fans of instructional cooking shows, will enjoy this biographical piece. A basic understanding of the French language will help, as not all French interjections and dialogue are translated into English.

If My Life in France interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.