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Introducing the CHNI (Virtual) Culinary Book Club
As we are all at home more, the time seems right to explore and discuss the many varied aspects of the culinary book world. We at the Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois are busy compiling a list of books on culinary culture and history, culinary memoirs and biographies, food and ingredients, and some books just for fun.

Happy Birthday, Julia!
Julia Child would have been 108 years old on August 15. In her honor our first book choice is “My Life in France” written by Julia with her grandnephew Alex Prud’homme. It is one of two books that were the inspiration for the Meryl Streep movie, Julie &Julia.

Published in 2006, the book is readily available at libraries, book stores, and through the internet both in print and audio formats.

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In partnership with The Messenger Public Library of North Aurora we are hosting a virtual book discussion and early birthday celebration via ZOOM on

Tuesday August 11 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT.

The event is free. 

To register, simply

go the the calendar on the library's website

or contact the library at or call the library 630-896-0240

and you will be sent the information you will need to join the ZOOM Event.

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Restaurant La Couronne ("The Crown") in Rouen where where Paul took Julia and she experienced her first (life changing!) French meal.

Fun Fact: Sidonie Coryn, a longtime resident of St. Charles, Illinois, was the illustrator for both volumes of Julia Child's famous "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". Though she knew little about cooking, Paul Child would send her black and white photos of the dishes and preparations. She passed away in 2015.

Bon Appetit!

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Further reading about Julia Child....

... “As Always, Julia: the letters of Julia Child and Avis Devoto; food, friendship and the making of a masterpiece” edited by Joan Reardon

... “The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s second act” by Alex Prud’homme

... “Appetite for Life: The biography of Julia Child” by Nöel Riley Fitch

... “Julia Child” by Laura Shapiro

... “MFK Fisher, Julia Child & Alice Waters: Celebrating the pleasures of the table” by Joan Reardon

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