The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

Large Print - 2012
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" The definitive biography of Julia Child--with access to Julia's diaries and letters--written by the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed The Beatles and timed to Julia's 100th birthday. From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world, and altered the way America eats and thinks of food. There might not be a Food Network or even a PBS if Julia had not blazed the trail. Spitz chronicles Julia's friendships, her struggles, her heartwarming romance with Paul, and, of course, the story of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her triumphant TV career. A thorough, surprising, affectionate and extraordinarily entertaining account of a truly remarkable life."
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780307990839
Characteristics: x, 992 p. :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 23, 2013

Remarkable life indeed. I really enjoyed this book about Julia. She was a wonderful woman.

Evamach Apr 10, 2013

While I did see some of her shows and have one of her cookbooks, what I really appreciated in this book is the tale of the development of Julia as a person, and the wonderfully evocative descriptions of her relationships, with her husband, her co-authors and more.

I am only mildly interested in cooking, so I was not sure I would get through this huge book but it held my interest throughout.

Mar 09, 2013

Wow, I had no idea that Julia came from such a privaleged background!

Mar 04, 2013

A delightfully written and exhaustively researched biography on Julia Child. I laughed so much during the chapters on her childhood ... what a pistol Julia was even then! The book covers her entire life (Julia kept up an amazing work schedule even into her late 80s). Upon finishing this long biography, I felt like I had lost a very close friend. If you loved her memoir My Life in France, or the movie Julie and Julia, you will absolutely devour this book. It's just wonderful, dearie.

Jan 19, 2013

A truly amazing and enjoyable biography.

Jan 03, 2013

What a life! This is an amazing biography of a cultural icon. She brought authentic French cooking into the homes of millions, and was the inspiration for all the cooking shows you see on television today. It would be so beneficial if the shows we have on today would actually review some of Mrs. Child's shows, and actually teach the viewers something, rather than just act a form of mindless entertainment.

Dec 05, 2012

coulda been shorter

VanessaCCL Oct 16, 2012

"Julia Child, cookbook author and television star, lived a rich and complex life even before she discovered French cuisine in 1948. In Dearie, biographer Bob Spitz recounts details of Child's California upbringing, her wartime service with the OSS, her loving relationship with her husband, and her friendships and professional ties. Her apparently inexhaustible energy, joie de vivre, and charm come to life on the pages of this biography." From Next Reads Biography & Memoir October 2012 newsletter

Sep 27, 2012

Fascinating story about a truly remarkable woman, that had me you-tubing clips from her old shows. I was already familiar with the overall Julia Child story (wealthy parents, worked for the agency that would become the CIA in WWII, moved to France where she fell in love with French cooking, attended Le Cordon Bleu and co-wrote a cookbook designed to introduce French techniques to American cooks, practically created PBS as we know it with her show The French Chef, etc.) but I was amazed at how hard she worked, what a perfectionist she was, how the TV persona was both natural and crafted, and many other details of her life. The only thing keeping me from giving it five stars is the author's over-reliance on cliches, and his obvious favoritism toward his subject.

Sep 23, 2012

Since seeing her first TV show live on public TV in the '60s, I've been a huge Julia-phile and will read anything and everything about her. Lots of fascinating new background and information in this book, and I enjoyed reading it. Only complaint is the author's too-cute, somewhat flippant language in places, that felt like an intrusion in the account of an actual person.

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