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It's rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It's even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station. And yet, that's exactly what Julia Child did. The warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off the food revolution that has gripped America for more than fifty years.

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.

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"A biography perfectly suited to its subject — as lively, fascinating, and singular as Julia Child herself." Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

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"It's a revelation." Lev Grossman, Time magazine

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"Spitz captures another side of [Julia's] complex personality: her fierce diligence in mastering the science as well as the art of cooking through detailed experimentation and her concern to translate the preparation of complex French recipes for readers in America....An engrossing biography of a woman worthy of iconic status." Kirkus Review (starred)

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"A rollicking biography that captures the vision, pluck and contagious exuberance that were the essence of Julia Child" People magazine

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"In this affectionate and entertaining tribute to the witty, down-to-earth, bumptious, and passionate host of The French Chef, Spitz (The Beatles) exhaustively chronicles Child's life and career from her childhood in California through her social butterfly flitting at Smith and her work for a Pasadena department store to her stint in government service, her marriage to Paul Child, and her rise to become America's food darling with the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her many television shows....Released to coincide with Child's centenary, Spitz's delightful biography succeeds in being as big as its subject." Publishers Weekly (starred)

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of The Beatles, a New York Times best seller, as well as seven other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He has represented Bruce Springsteen and Elton John in several capacities. His articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times Magazine; the Washington Post; Rolling Stone; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. He can be reached at dearie@bobspitz.com.

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Janice Schultz, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Janice Schultz)
We all new Julia Child as a cook book writer and television star showing us the ins and outs of French cooking. I wasn't sure this book would teach me anything new about her; but I was so pleasantly surprised! This book made her human to me. Her childhood, young adult life and marriage, and then finally her journey to cooking fame was a facinating read. I think anyone who is struggling with what to do in their life would be insprired by this woman who knew no age barrier and just went all out in life.
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hansen_carol, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by hansen_carol)
Julia Child made it okay to be creative and fun in the kitchen and not be scared. This biograghy makes the ever-so-lively Julia jump off the page.
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Tim Snider, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by Tim Snider)
Wonderful warm insightful account of Americas favorite chef.

Spitz's friendship and access to her files..gives us an amazing peek into all her diverse life..

This is a tome to own....or a treasured gift
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307272225
Author:
Spitz, Bob
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 PHOTOGRAPHS IN TEXT
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.6 x 1.7 in 2.14 lb

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Product details 576 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307272225 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A biography perfectly suited to its subject — as lively, fascinating, and singular as Julia Child herself."
"Review" by , "It's a revelation."
"Review" by , "Spitz captures another side of [Julia's] complex personality: her fierce diligence in mastering the science as well as the art of cooking through detailed experimentation and her concern to translate the preparation of complex French recipes for readers in America....An engrossing biography of a woman worthy of iconic status."
"Review" by , "A rollicking biography that captures the vision, pluck and contagious exuberance that were the essence of Julia Child"
"Review" by , "In this affectionate and entertaining tribute to the witty, down-to-earth, bumptious, and passionate host of The French Chef, Spitz (The Beatles) exhaustively chronicles Child's life and career from her childhood in California through her social butterfly flitting at Smith and her work for a Pasadena department store to her stint in government service, her marriage to Paul Child, and her rise to become America's food darling with the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her many television shows....Released to coincide with Child's centenary, Spitz's delightful biography succeeds in being as big as its subject."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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