Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life (2020)

Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life Karen Karbo Julia Child Rules Lessons on Savoring Life Many of us have dog eared copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in our kitchens or fondly remember watching episodes of The French Chef but what was behind the enormous appeal of this ungainl
  • Title: Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life
  • Author: Karen Karbo
  • ISBN: 9780762783090
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life Karen Karbo Many of us have dog eared copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in our kitchens or fondly remember watching episodes of The French Chef, but what was behind the enormous appeal of this ungainly, unlikely woman, who became a superstar in midlife and changed our approach to food and cooking forever In the spirit of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How GeorgiaMany of us have dog eared copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in our kitchens or fondly remember watching episodes of The French Chef, but what was behind the enormous appeal of this ungainly, unlikely woman, who became a superstar in midlife and changed our approach to food and cooking forever In the spirit of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How Georgia Became O Keeffe, Julia Child Rules dissects the life of the sunny, unpretentious chef, author, cooking show star, and bon vivant, with an eye towards learning how we, too, can savor life With her characteristic wit and flair, Karen Karbo takes us for a spin through Julia s life from her idyllic childhood in California to her confusing young adulthood in New York her years working for the OSS in Sri Lanka her world class love affairs with Paris and Paul Child and her decades as America s beloved French chef Karbo weaves in her own personal experiences and stops for important life lessons along the way how to live by your whims, make the world your oyster, live happily married, work hard, and enjoy a life of full immersion It celebrates Julia s indomitable spirit and irrepressible joy, giving readers a taste of what it means to master the art of living.
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  1. Chris

    Yet another Julia Child book that was a pure delight My only quibble was the author had lots of footnotes Now I know I need new glasses, but most of the time I missed the asterisk, so I ended up just reading them on their own or searching for the spot in the copy Really annoying I tried to let it go, but just couldn t.

  2. Karla Starr

    You know those times when a book magically appears at just the right time and place in your life Even if things are going fine and dandy, I guarantee you ll feel that way after reading Julia Child Rules I m not much of a cook, and don t know much about Julia Child beyond the movie Julie and Julia, but you don t have to in order to appreciate this awesome book Karbo s writing style is vivid, warm, and engaging.I devoured this book in little nibbles because every time I put it down, I had a spring [...]

  3. Jennifer

    This was a curious read At times, I was really bored when it became about the author s childhood and her lack of interest in cooking What did keep me reading was the interesting life of Julia Child She is a fascinating, fastidious in the culinary sense person who truly exemplifies joie de vivre, through out all of her many endeavors I loved hearing about Julia s process in writing the cookbook That was amazing and so insightful I am really inspired to find a copy of the second edition of her fa [...]

  4. Christina

    This Karen Karbo book was a delight to read.I read it after reading Julie Julia so I recommend you also read both books together.Karen Karbo details her infatuation with Julia Child The most memorable part of the book was when she and a friend rent an apartment in Paris to cook a Julia Child inspired meal in the kitchen.As a cook myself, I m drawn to any book that talks about a love of cooking Cooking a meal isn t sexist Men can benefit from cooking too It s a lost art to cook with love over a s [...]

  5. Libraryassistant

    Sigh I wanted to like it Unfortunately somewhere shy of half way, I tossed this book aside to pick up something enjoyable And I cannot make myself go back to it.I thought at first it was the way the author squints at Child thru the lens of her own life and self proclaimed neuroses, in order to derive Important Life Lessons for us all Then I thought maybe it was the way she spends half of each chapter whining about why she herself does not love to cook However, what finally drove me away was the [...]

  6. Marianne

    Poorly written Disjointed Expected to read about the life and times of Julia Child There was some biography of interest thus, the two stars Much ridiculous introspection and opinions from the author that were difficult to understand, especially how they related to Julia s life story Yet there they were like a red herring This was a thoroughly disappointing read and merely a vehicle for Karbo to stroke her massive ego Not a good read and definitely not in my wildest imaginings, a recommendation [...]

  7. Lesley Looper

    I really enjoyed this book, in part because Julia Child came across as someone very likeable, while living life on her own terms I enjoyed learning about Julia s persistence and tenacity when working on recipes, and how she considered herself a teacher I was inspired to complete this book after attending a Cookbook Club yesterday at the local public library, lead by my librarian friend, Jenny.

  8. Jan

    Julia Child was a woman who lived life to the fullest, celebrated every momemt, and was fiercely passionate about the people and things she loved Having watched her as a child on her PBS cooking show and Good Morning America, in addition to reading My Life in France and Julie and Julia, I thought I knew a lot about her This book proved me wrong I may not agree with the kind of food she loved to cook, since most of her recipes would add 50 to me in a flash, but her outlook on life and how to live [...]

  9. Joy Weese Moll

    In the latest of her Kick Ass Women series, Karen Karbo cooks up some Lessons on Savoring Life by examining the problems and passions in the biography of Julia Child Here s one reason Julia Child s life is so illuminating for contemporary women My theory is that our real attachment to Julia is less about her cooking, or even about what she did for the cause of serious cuisine, and about our admiration for her immutable aptitude for being herself Julia s real genius wasn t in breaking down the n [...]

  10. Jaki

    At times hilarious, at times informative, and thoroughly enjoyable at all times Looking at other reviews, it seems that some people went into this book expecting to get something in particular out of it, so my advice to the would be reader is to let go of any expectations and simply get cozy with this book Not particularly serious, not particular life changing, but fun.Entertaining, personal, well researched Some well played self deprecating humor Great footnotes, whether funny or illuminating o [...]

  11. Roxanne

    I disagree with some of her lessons and I always wonder about the accuracy of second hand biographies like this This is the only book about Julia Child I have read I am not interested in the kind of food she cooked either What is interesting about this book is that it s about the life of a free spirit and a great woman who refused to scramble to fit in with everyone else in her generation The tone is quite positive, and I learned a lot not just about Julia, but about Greatest Generation America [...]

  12. Blythe McGarvie

    You will find the best inspiration for how to be authentic and solve the problem in front of you while learning about the younger and unmarried Julia Child before she became famous I had not heard of the Karen Karbo, but I liked the way she interweaves her own story as a millennial into what was happening with Julia She creates ten rules which I wish I had written Not a preachy book, like a journal on how to have fun, find your passion and how to go from simmering about ideas to creating new pa [...]

  13. Ann Hipson

    This is a light weight book that is deceptive inside the fun chatter is some real meat on how to live your life with the gusto and zest of Julia Child Some of the advice is unattainable have rich parents, find a husband as supportive as Paul Child but the meat comes from looking at Julia s acceptance of herself as she was, her perseverance, her energy, her love of eating, and her failure to be what most people thought she should be That failure made her the icon she is to many of us Lovely, fun [...]

  14. Lisa

    This was the perfect book to read while in bed recuperating from a nasty virus I have always been a big Julia fan her life was interesting and inspiring in a time when women were not encouraged to be either Her biography was wonderful Seeing her kitchen in the Smithsonian is always fascinating yes, I really think that is the non hyperbolic description it is worthy of and I even started watching her old French Chef series, which streams live for free on the Roku with an prime account My son made [...]

  15. Melinda

    This is the fourth book I ve read in Karbo s series on strong women, and I loved it I ve always known the name Julia Child , but until this reading I did not really understand how she fit into America history The book is a witty and fast read, centered around Julia s 10 rules of life, such as Live with Abandon, Obey Your Whims, etc At the end I had a much stronger sense of who Julia was, where she came from, what she did for American cooks, and inspirational quotes and quips There was one aspect [...]

  16. Abby Halling

    This is pretty much my ideal book I love memoirs with humor, and Karbo humanizes Julia Child She may seem to be a goddess of cooking, but she has the right lifestyle I fine myself, after reading this, a bit obsessed with Julia.

  17. Beth

    Every time I read something about Julia Child I learn something new about her and I like her even This author had a nice angle How to live like Julia and she was very entertaining to read I think I will search out her other books too

  18. Linda

    I start off with I Loved This Book I wanted to give it 5 Stars and the only reason I didn t was I haven t considered what actually is a 5 Star read My only knowledge of Julia Child was in watching her TV show I love to watch people cook and have been known to spend hours watching a cooking show I didn t really think about Julia as a person who she was, how she became who she was I didn t read any of her bio s or that blogger who cooked her way through Julia s book.However, this book caught my ey [...]

  19. Jean

    This book was dessert topping after reading another Julia Child biography I enjoyed interesting facts and anecdotes about Julia s California background and her ultimate raison d etre as America s French chef, but I would have preferred even about Julia and a bit less of Karen Karbo s experiences and philosophies However, I enjoyed the author s adventures in Paris, trying to follow in Julia s footsteps without an oven and reminders of Karbo s own mother who was a Julia devotee, while her daughte [...]

  20. Jan Priddy

    After explaining the Jewish tradition of a funeral procession giving right of way to a wedding procession, Karbo explain Julia Child this way Once you reach a certain age you basically have two choices You can be the neighbor who yells Get off my lawn and houses about kids today, or you can let the wedding procession pass Or, you can do as Julia did, and leave the funeral procession and join the wedding procession 216 This is the latest in a series of inspirational bios, which was handed to me b [...]

  21. Cheryl

    Disclaimer first I received my copy free as part of a , first reads giveaway.Being from the Boston area and raised on PBS for television, Julia Child was someone I knew well and was proud to say was local Okay, she wasn t exactly local, but living in Cambridge for as long as she did and during my lifetime , I claimed her as do a great many Bostonians I learned a great deal about Julia from this book Honestly, I had no idea about her upbringing and I found myself having some truly mixed feelings [...]

  22. JoAnn

    My theory is that our real attachment to Julia is less about her cooking, or even about what she did for the cause of serious cuisine, and about our admiration for her immutable aptitude for being herself Julia s real genius wasn t in breaking down the nine million steps in cooking a mind blowing beef bourguignon, or assembling a thousand page cookbook, but in having the confidence to stand in front of a camera, week after week, without trying to change one thing about herself p 10I think this [...]

  23. Gayle

    I did not like this book and am glad I won an advance reader copy and did not pay for it I certainly don t agree with the reviews that it was enlightening or entertaining It was like watching paint dry, which is why is took me this long to read it The parts about Julia Child were informative, but what I learned was she was a rich socialite, who had too much time on her hands and she loved to cook She was tall and even though she was born in California, seems to have very little grasp of the Engl [...]

  24. LillyBooks

    I love Julia Child and have long before Julie and Julia made her famous all over again for my generation I loved watching the elderly version of her every Saturday morning on PBS When asked to qualify that, perhaps I would have said some short and simple like for her joie de vivre, but, while true, it was a gut reaction than a thought process In this delightful book, Karbo has done the thought process for us Her theory, which I completely agree with, is not that we loved Julia Child for her foo [...]

  25. Debbie

    This is the second book I ve read in the Kick Ass Women series by Karen Karbo These are entertaining biographies written in an easy to read, conversational tone The author attempts to draw out applicable lessons of life for her readers by looking back on the lives of outstanding women And she does a good job at that One of the great satisfactions of casting our gaze back on the whole of someone s life is being able to see where the twists and turns led, and how events given scant attention durin [...]

  26. Dora

    I liked the part where the author took examples from Julia s life as rules for life I did find the tone of the book somewhat confusing because I could never tell if the author really appreciated Julia Child and her accomplishments or if she resented them Does she still resent all the pots and pans she washed as a teen after her mother experimented with Mastering the Art of French Cooking Does she still resent having to eat beef bourginon when all she wanted was tacos I thought that the book was [...]

  27. Nicole Fox

    Disclaimer first I received my copy free as part of a , first reads giveaway.I am so glad that I was sent this book I grew up on PBS, so I used to love watching Julia Child create in the kitchen.This book was a great easy read Learning about the woman that I grew up watching was so much fun I absolutely loved the rules To me, alot of them are ones that I already try to follow Look foward to incorporating others in to my lifestyle.I am thankful that I received this book and hope to be sent to g [...]

  28. Debbie

    A fun biography of a world class chef The book is divided into ten chapters or rules for life, according to Julia Child For example, one of them is titled Every Woman Should Have a Blowtorch Covering most of her life, Julia s love of life and energy abound When she entered a French cooking school following WWII, she and her classmates had to purchase their ingredients to cook She maintained long hours, striving to perfect each recipe This quick read will make the reader laugh and cry over her an [...]

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