Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child – Bob Spitz

Nov 04

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child – Bob Spitz

I wanted to love this book by Bob Spitz. I appreciated it, I found parts of it fascinating, but overall I had to really push through some sections of this biography. That is because this book is extensive. No small detail of Julia Child’s amazing life goes unnoted. Many parts could have been left out all together, and some aspects were redundant.

Julia was born into a wealthy family in California. She is shipped off to boarding school, then attends Smith College. She has no burning academic interests or love of cooking until later in her life, which was a fun fact. She spends a good chunk of her adulthood working for the government before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Paul. The end up in France, and the rest is history.

I loved Julia’s passion for learning and her extensive research into the culinary arts. She was also a sharp wit with a wicked sense of humor. I definitely now have goals of perfecting one of her French recipes and mastering the art of the omelet.

This is the quintessential book for the rabid Julia Child fan. I am just a fan in the cursory sense, perhaps that was why it was a bit too involved for my taste.

Also, don’t worry about how many times I tried out my Julia Child impression on my husband.


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