On the bookshelf: ‘The Tenth Muse’
By: By J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor
Few people outside the food world likely know who Judith Jones is. Probably fewer still realize the depth of her influence on our collective conscience and cuisine.
But this is the woman who gave us the writings of Anne Frank and Julia Child. And now she has given us her own story, a fascinating memoir of a life spent searching for and publishing great voices.
Today, Jones is senior editor and vice president at publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Her book tells the story of often entertaining happenstance that led not only to her career, but also to her discovery of some of our most treasured printed words.
The day, for example, when as a young publishing assistant in Paris she found in the reject pile a young girl’s diary. Or the month she spent cooking from and being wooed by a manuscript from an American woman who’d mastered French food.
Reading Jones’ book, one gets the sense she has many more stories to tell. Here’s hoping she shares them.
BOOK: Judith Jones’ “The Tenth Muse,” Knopf, 2007, $24.95
Published in The Messenger 1.3.08