You learn to cook so that you don’t have to be a slave to recipes. You get what’s in season and you know what to do with it… Julia Child


It doesn’t matter whether you are cooking, cooking the intelligence or presenting something on television – nothing is ever quite as it seems as this delightfully non culinary biography shows.

A covert affair : Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS  Jennet Conant  New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 395 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [363]-374) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Conant presents this  account of Julia Child‘s early life as a member of the O.S.S. in the Far East during World War II, and the tumultuous years when she and Paul Child were caught up in the McCarthy witch hunt.

When the news was first released in the fall of 2008 that Julia Child had secretly worked for the O.S.S. the announcement made headlines across the country. Julia Child’s legions of fans were shocked. Now, there is an enormous amount of new material available to flesh out this fascinating story. Julia Child’s O.S.S. files as well as those of her husband and many of her closest friends in the service, have recently been declassified.

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Conant has written a wonderful and meticulously researched account about three young women who were recruited by the O.S.S. in Washington and sent to remote outposts in the Far East.

The bright and often eccentric 6′ 2″ Julia springs to life, like a privileged and naÏve heroine out of an Edith Wharton novel and follows her personal and political coming of age in Ceylon and China, and the life altering romance at thirty-four with the much older and more worldly Paul Child.

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