Julia Child's Memories of Publishing Icon Alfred Knopf

Seira Wilson on February 20, 2017

FrenchChef200Julia Child wrote her memoir, My Life in France, with her great-nephew Alex Prud'homme, and in it she chronicled her early struggles and the genesis of a passion for food that she later brought to millions with joie de vivre.  Last fall Prud'homme penned The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act and it's a must-read for anyone wanting to know about Julia's life after Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the pressures of becoming the American grande dame of French food, and how she took re-tooled food television  into a style all her own.

Like other authors who ended up becoming famous the world over, Julia's attempts to get Mastering the Art of French Cooking published were met with multiple rejections.  It was the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house that bought the cookbook that is still widely beloved.  In the early 1980's and '90's, Knopf produced their own magazine called The Borzoi Reader, as a platform for additional content and pieces on contemporary and classic authors.  In one of those issues is a short piece from Julia Child herself, a remembrance of Alfred Knopf, one of the most powerful men in publishing who, albeit reluctantly, took a chance and published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and who once came to dinner at Julia and Paul's house in Cambridge...  Below is a reproduction of that particular page of the Borzoi Reader.  



Excerpted from the Borzoi Reader, June 1990

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