Julia Child Loathed French Dogmatism, Republicans: Book Review

In March 1952 Julia Child, the 40ish wife of an American foreign-service worker in Paris, sent the writer Bernard DeVoto a small French knife in appreciation for his recent diatribe against American knives in Harper’s. DeVoto’s wife and secretary, Avis, herself an avid cook, answered with a warm letter of thanks. The two women recognized something kindred in each other, and a correspondence began.

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