FOL Meet the Author Series: Alex Prud’homme


Tuesday, June 13

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The FOL welcomes Alex Prud’homme, author of The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act. Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France co-author vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America’s first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is part of the FOL’s Meet the Author Series, which has featured such luminaries as Colm Toibin, Roger Rosenblatt, Nelson DeMille, Susan Isaacs, Hilma Wolitzer, Gail Sheehy, Eric Fischl, George Vecsey, Michael Gross, and Dr. Sandeep Jauhar.