Monday, March 29, 2010

The Tenth Muse: Food

I've just finished reading The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones. The 'muse' title refers to food, or as Judith Jones writes, "Gasterea, is the tenth muse. She presides over all the pleasures of taste." This is a lovely memoir from the editor who first published Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and worked with many other celebrated chefs, including some of my personal favorites like Lidia Bastianich and Marcella Hazan.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about food. However, I was left wanting more: I wanted to know everything about Judith Jones and her husband Evan, to whom the book is dedicated. Luckily for me, Jones has another recently released book, The Pleasures of Cooking for One, which she wrote after her husband died. It's on my to-read list.

I would also encourage food lovers to read My Life In France, a memoir by Julia Child written with the help of her grandson. This wonderful book gives you a very complete picture of Julia Child's years in France and those spent writing Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It is an amazing record of how Julia Child became The Julia Child, and it is also a wonderful love story about Julia and Paul Child's beautiful marriage and lifelong collaboration.

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