Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child by Nancy Verde Barr

By Nancy Verde Barr


You’ll love this intimate portrait of the inimitable Julia baby via Nancy Verde Barr, her govt chef and good friend for 24 years.

Brimming with anecdotes, memorabilia, and snapshots, Backstage with Julia conveys Julia’s generosity, her boundless strength, and her love of nutrition and existence. This loving memoir celebrates the adventurous, unassuming essence of the chef who pro American palates and heightened our appreciation of nutrients.

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