The Tenth Muse

My Life in Food
Jones, Judith (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Tenth Muse

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From the legendary editor who helped shape modern cookbook publishing--one of the food world's most admired figures--an evocative and inspiring memoir. Living in Paris after World War II, Judith Jones broke free of the bland American food she had been raised on and reveled in everyday French culinary delights. On returning to the States--hoping to bring somejoie de cuisineto America--she published Julia Child'sMastering the Art of French Cooking.The rest is publishing and gastronomic history. A new world now opened up to Jones: discovering, with her husband, Evan, the delights ofAmericanfood; working with the tireless Julia; absorbing the wisdom of James Beard; understanding food as memory through the writings of Claudia Roden and Madhur Jaffrey; demystifying the techniques of Chinese cookery with Irene Kuo; absorbing the Italian way through the warmth of Lidia Bastianich; and working with Edna Lewis, Marion Cunningham, Joan Nathan, and other groundbreaking cooks. Jones considers matters of taste (can it be acquired?). She discusses the vagaries of vegetable gardening in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the joys of foraging in the woods and meadows. And she writes about M.F.K. Fisher: as mentor, friend, and the source of luminous insight into the arts of eating, living, and aging. Embellished with fifty recipes--each with its own story and special tips--this is an absolutely charming memoir by a woman who was present at the creation of the American food revolution and played a seminal role in shaping it.
Authors: Jones, Judith
Title: The tenth muse
my life in food
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 290 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Notes: Includes index.
Local Note: 1
Alternate Title: 10th muse
ISBN: 0307264955
Branch Call Number: 641.59 JON
Statement of Responsibility: Judith Jones
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Jones, Judith. Women cooks Biography. Cookery, International.
Topical Term: Women cooks
Cookery, International.
LCCN: 2007006789
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Jul 16, 2013
  • TealStockings rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have always loved to cook, but I have fallen prey to the hectic pace of day-to-day life. Jones has relit my enthusiasm for home cooking.

Jan 10, 2010
  • macierules rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable memoir by Judith Jones - an editor at Knopf, the famed publisher of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Definitely Ms. Jones has mastered the art of living. I loved the first section dealing with the early years of her career in Paris. Wonderful. Now, I must go and throw out all those boxes of Kraft Dinner in my cupboard...


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