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Reading Group: My Life in France

Fall 2017

Spring 2018 Schedule

Book Preview and French Cuisine
Feb. 12 | 7–9 p.m.
Qualia Room in TTU Foreign Languages Bldg 

Book Discussion: Part I, Intro–Chapter 4
Feb. 19 | 7–9 p.m.
University Library Room 309

Book Discussion: Part II, Chapter 5–end
Feb. 26 | 7–9 p.m.
University Library Room 309

Parking on TTU Campus

Speaker Bios

Speakers to be announced!
Feb. 12

Feb. 19

Feb. 26

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The joy and persistence with which Julia Child undertakes every challenge—moving across the world, learning French, enrolling in the Cordon Bleu culinary school, practicing cooking techniques, making new friends and writing Mastering the Art of French Cookingwill motivate you in the kitchen and in life. Join our reading group for a discussion of this cheery and inspiring memoir. 



This Reading Group is sponsored in part by the Humanities Center at Texas Tech, Dorothy Chansky, Director. The 2017–2018 theme is "Food and..."

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About Julia Child

Julia Child portrait by ©Lynn Gilbert, 1978
Julia Child portrait by Lynn Gilbert, 1978.

About the author, from My Life in France:

Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. She graduated from Smith College and worked for the OSS during World War II; afterward she lived in Paris, studied at the Cordon Bleu, and taught cooking with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, with whom she wrote the first volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). In 1963, Boston’s WGBH launched The French Chef television series, which made Julia Child a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. Several public television shows and numerous cookbooks followed. She died in 2004.

This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook—try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” - Julia Child (My Life in France, p. 328)