Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child


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The stunning story of how Julia Child transformed herself into the cult figure who touched off a food revolution that has gripped the country for more than 50 years. Spanning Pasadena to Paris, acclaimed author Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.

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Jan 21, 2013

Fifty percent too long

This book would have been just as good if it had been cut by 50%. The author really repeats himself throughout, describing Julia as a kind of never-run-down windup toy. Her contributions were remarkable, beginning with the book she worked on for perhaps 6 years, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her first cooking show on the tiny, unfunded Boston PBS station. Nothing slowed her down: Age, non; her husband's Alzheimer's, non; her broken hip, non; their posting to remote locations such as Oslo, non; occasional financial difficulties, non; her father's non support, non; deaths of close relatives and colleagues, non! In fact, I got the impression that it would be impossible for her to slow down. Still, I had not known how many books she had written, how many types of cooking shows she had been a part of, and how many people she had offered support to.

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