Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Aug 18, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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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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Theirs is an incredible love story. - Goodreads
The writing can feel a bit slow and tedious at times. - Goodreads
And I loved their love story which spanned the world. - Goodreads
Well researched, but not very well written or edited. - Goodreads
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My first real intro to the life of Julia Child. - Goodreads

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I agree with a lot of other reviewers that this book grew really tedious with all the superfluous detail. For me, the first part of the book was great and it was enjoyable to read about Julia's ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1BEGINNINGS1945 1848 1912
Chapter 2A PLACE IN THE SUN1912 1921
Chapter 3EDUCATION OF AN EXTROVERT1921 1930
IVY WALLS AND JELLY DONUTS1930 1934
Chapter 5CAREER SEARCH1934 1943
Chapter 6INDIA INTRIGUE1944 1945
Chapter 7TO CHINA WITH LOVE1945
Chapter 8EASTWARD HO1945 1946
Chapter 18PROVENÇAL WINTERS1965 1967
Chapter 19THE MEDIA ARE THE MESSAGE1967 1968
Chapter 20CELEBRITY AND SOLITUDE1968 1970
Chapter 21RIDING THE SECOND WAVE1970 1974
Chapter 22A TIME OF LOSS1974 1977
Chapter 23THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS1977 1980
Chapter 24PACIFIC OVERTURES1981 1984
Chapter 25SEASONED WITH LOVE1985 1989

Chapter 9FLAVORS OF MARRIAGE1946 1948
Chapter 10À PARIS1948 1949
Chapter 11CORDON BLEU1949 1952
FISHING FOR REDS1953 1954
Chapter 13A LITTLE TOWN IN GERMANY1954 1956
Chapter 14BACK HOME AND COOKINGON THE RANGE1956 1958
Chapter 15I AM AT HEART A VIKING1959 1961
Chapter 16LAUNCHING THE BOOK1961 1962
THEFRENCHCHEF1963 1964
Chapter 26NOTRE DAME DE LA CUISINE1989 1993
Chapter 27DO NOT GO GENTLE1994 1997
TELEVISION SERIES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSAND SOURCES
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Noël Riley Fitch is the author of Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties and Anaïs: The Erotic Life of Anaïs 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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