The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
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Now, in Bob Spitz's definitive, wonderfully affectionate biography, the Julia we know and love comes vividly and surprisingly to life. In "Dearie," Spitz employs the same skill he brought to his best-selling, critically acclaimed book "The Beatles," " "providing a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time a woman known to all, yet known by only a few.
At its heart, "Dearie" is a story about a woman's search for her own unique expression. Julia Child was a directionless, gawky young woman who ran off halfway around the world to join a spy agency during World War II. She eventually settled in Paris, where she learned to cook and collaborated on the writing of what would become "Mastering the Art of French Cooking, " a book that changed the food culture of America. She was already fifty when "The French Chef" went on the air at a time in our history when women weren t making those leaps. Julia became the first educational TV star, virtually launching PBS as we know it today; her marriage to Paul Child formed a decades-long love story that was romantic, touching, and quite extraordinary.
A fearless, ambitious, supremely confident woman, Julia took on all the pretensions that embellished tony French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for everything that has happened since in American cooking, from TV dinners and Big Macs to sea urchin foam and the Food Channel. Julia Child's story, however, is more than the tale of a talented woman and her sumptuous craft. It is also a saga of America's coming of age and growing sophistication, from the Depression Era to the turbulent sixties and the excesses of the eighties to the greening of the American kitchen. Julia had an effect on and was equally affected by the baby boom, the sexual revolution, and the start of the women's liberation movement.
On the centenary of her birth, Julia finally gets the biography she richly deserves. An in-depth, intimate narrative, full of fresh information and insights, "Dearie" is an entertaining, all-out adventure story of one of our most fascinating and beloved figures.
"From the Hardcover edition.
Beth Gutcheon is the critically acclaimed author of eight previous novels: "The New Girls", "Still Missing", "Domestic Pleasures", "Saying Grace", "Five Fortunes", "More Than You Know", "Leeway Cottage", and "Good-bye and Amen". She is the writer of several film scripts, including the Academy Award nominee "The Children of Theatre Street". She lives in New York City.