The French Chef In America

Prud’homme, Alex. The French Chef In America: Julia Child’s Second Act. USA: Penguin Random House. Audiobook. 2016.


As a freelance writer for the New York Times and author of several books as well as Julia Child’s grandnephew, Alex Prud’homme follows up his bestselling memoir of Julia Child, My Life In France, with his newest book, The French Chef In America, chronicling the second half of Julia’s life from personal cook to celebrity chef. As a major influence in cooking, Julia was also a mentor, friend, wife and TV personality. Rubbing elbows with the elite at the White House while still making time at home for the love of her life, Paul, the continuation and impact of Julia is read by the author himself, in this eleven-hour, nine CD audiobook of the available same hardcopy book.

Remembering the significance of Julia Child on cooking throughout the years, I was interested in this memoir of her life. Not having read the first book, this stand alone version worked just fine. As an audiobook, it was easy to listen to the story while in the car, on the treadmill, or at home. With a serene voice, author Alex Prud’homme narrates the story. As an icon to the popular and current cooking craze, The French Chef In America was a nice addition to my many, many books. I definitely learned quite a bit while listening as well as developing a respect for a well-known name in America.

4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary audio-copy of The French Chef In America from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

The Elements of Pizza

Forkish, Ken. The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home. USA: Ten Speed Press Publishing. 2016.


James Beard Award-winning author, Ken Forkish, proves that the best pizza can be made at home. Starting with the crust, mixing the batter, shaping the dough, piling on the correct toppings, baking with care and finally enjoying the tastiest pizza in the comfort of your own home, The Elements of Pizza makes it understandable, enjoyable and achievable. With several different types of pizza crusts from which to choose, favorite flavorful sauces and delicious coverings, most anyone can be successful (and proud) of their pizza accomplishments.

As a family who likes to experiment with pizza, the Elements of Pizza was a scrumptious treat for us. With different dough ideas, sauce strategies, garnish suggestions and pizza history, this book will remain on our shelf yet will probably become full of flour, paste, and tomatoes as we use it again and again. Owner of three restaurants in Portland, Oregon, and an award-winning author, Ken Forkish definitely know his pizza. A beautiful book complete with directions, personal commentary, instructional pictures, recipes, photographs and lots of options, it is absolutely a must-gift for the pizza lover in life.

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Elements of Pizza from Blogging For Books for my honest review*