Thursday, April 7
Julia Child Before She Was The French Chef
Before Julia Child was a trailblazing American culinary icon – she was an awkward, insecure 30-year-old who had failed at early forays into advertising and writing. When World War II broke out she finally managed to find a job. And in numerous interviews later in her life, with characteristic Yankee modesty, she would describe her wartime career as "a clerk.” But in 2008 – four years after her death – it was revealed that Julia Child had secretly worked as a spy for America’s first intelligence agency, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The news made headlines across the country and Julia Child’s legions of fans were shocked. Her recently declassified OSS files have unearthed an enormous amount of new material… documents that expand upon her personal and political coming of age… and life altering romance at thirty-four with the much older and more worldly Paul Child. It’s all chronicled in painstaking detail in my next guest’s new book, A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS. Best-selling author Jennet Conant will be at Porter Square Bookstore at 7pm tonight.
Check out video of Julia Child on PBS.org