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Book review: 'As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto' by Joan Reardon
Book review: 'As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto' by Joan Reardon

"As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto" Joan Reardon Houghton-Mifflin: 416 pp., $26 In 1952, a middle-aged American woman living in Paris responded to a complaint about the poor quality of American-made kitchen knives by one of her favorite magazine writers and sent him a couple of French-made ones from her neighborhood store. If you believe history turns on specific moments, you could say that impulsive act of generosity was the start of the American culinary revolution. The housewife was Julia Child, and if her "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and accompanying television shows weren't the catalyst for the change in American attitudes...

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