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Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

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Julia Child became a household name when she entered the lives of millions of Americans through our hearts and kitchens. Yet few know the richly varied private life that lies behind this icon, whose statuesque height and warmly enthused warble have become synonymous with the art of cooking.

In this biography we meet the earthy and outrageous Julia, who, at age eighty-five, remains a complex role model. Fitch, who had access to all of Julia's private letters and diaries, takes us through her life, from her exuberant youth as a high-spirited California girl to her years at Smith College, where she was at the center of every prank and party. When most of her girlfriends married, Julia volunteered with the OSS in India and China during World War II, and was an integral part of this elite corps. There she met her future husband, the cosmopolitan Paul Child, who introduced her to the glories of art, fine French cuisine, and love. Theirs was a deeply passionate romance and a modern marriage of equals.

Julia began her culinary training only at the age of thirty-seven at the Cordon Bleu. Later she roamed the food markets of Marseilles, Bonn, and Oslo. She invested ten years of learning and experimentation in what would become her first bestselling classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Now, her career is legend, spanning nearly forty years and still going strong. Generations love the humor and trademark aplomb that have made Julia a household name. Resisting fads and narrow, fanatical conventions of health-consciousness, Julia is the quintessential teacher. The perfect gift for food lovers and a romantic biography of a woman modern before her time, this is a truly American life.

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"Because Child allowed Fitch complete access to her papers, we get a real feel for the relentless work that went into the much-massaged Mastering." Washington Post

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"Makes Julia [Child's] evolution from high-security clerk to cook to writer to star an incredible adventure." Boston Globe

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"A delicious recounting of the life of the woman who has inspired confidence in generations of American cooks." Town and Country

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"Entertaining and informative — represents the best of biographical writing." Library Journal

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"Fitch's richly detailed biography of Child describes how a plainspoken woman who loved food inspired millions to pick up a whisk and make a fine French dinner from scratch." Newsweek

About the Author

Noel Riley Fitch is the author of Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties and Anais: The Erotic Life of Anais Nin, as well as other books chronicling the French-American artistic experience. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles and on the Left Bank in Paris. She has one grown daughter.

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i8pixistix, October 14, 2009 (view all comments by i8pixistix)
Overall an enjoyable book... The heavy drawbacks are the amount of information to process - it basically gives a year by year account of Julia Child's life until the publication date. Plus, there are enough parenthetical statements to fill up their own book. A bit slow in the middle, yet still compelling enough to finish til the end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385493833
Subtitle:
The Biography of Julia Child
Author:
Fitch, Noel Riley
Publisher:
Anchor
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Cooks
Subject:
Child, julia, 1912-
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Cooks -- United States.
Subject:
Child, Julia
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1037
Publication Date:
19990413
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.22x6.18x1.22 in. 1.70 lbs.

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Product details 592 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385493833 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Because Child allowed Fitch complete access to her papers, we get a real feel for the relentless work that went into the much-massaged Mastering."
"Review" by , "Makes Julia [Child's] evolution from high-security clerk to cook to writer to star an incredible adventure."
"Review" by , "A delicious recounting of the life of the woman who has inspired confidence in generations of American cooks."
"Review" by , "Entertaining and informative — represents the best of biographical writing."
"Review" by , "Fitch's richly detailed biography of Child describes how a plainspoken woman who loved food inspired millions to pick up a whisk and make a fine French dinner from scratch."
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