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 power, and her love of nutrition and lifestyles. This loving memoir celebrates the adventurous, unassuming essence of the chef who professional American palates and heightened our appreciation of nutrition.
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She lived in south Ealing but wrote dozens of letters to the BBC – to avoid suspicion, she first mailed these letters to her friends around the country who posted them in from distant addresses to avoid detection. Before long, between his mum and the large amount of genuine fan mail and requests he received, James Royal was the most requested person on the radio anywhere in the world. Where did I fit into all this and how did my path cross with that of Mervyn Conn? Well, my path to James Royal’s door came via the Red Lion pub in Brentford, a great, old-school rock ’n’ roll pub where musicians from all over the place used to congregate and jam together on a Thursday and Friday night.
I was keen to play whatever the circumstances, so I left it at that. There was a bit of a strange atmosphere in there, that night. When our slot came I duly walked down the back of the hall and sat at this lonely upright piano, with 150 people between me and the stage. The band started playing and I couldn’t hear a bloody thing, Ken’s timing was all over the place, no one could hear me and it was a disaster. Then the most amazing fight broke out. In the crowd between me and the band. I carried on for a few bars, trying to peer over the fists and broken bottles of this fairly violent skirmish, but soon realised it was actually quite a dangerous situation and, besides, no one seemed to be listening.
The guy started to grumble something but then Igor took him into a little booth and whispered something in his ear. The customs man came back and waved me and my contraband suitcase straight through, unchecked. Next up was the currency desk where they examined your money. Including, in my case, $2,000 from a brown-paper envelope shoved down my pants. I looked up – and I mean up – at a woman who made Giant Haystacks look feminine. She said, ‘You came in with $100 and £130 sterling and you changed £30 into roubles and so you need to leave with £100 sterling and $100.