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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 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
Well researched, but not very well written or edited. - Goodreads
There's good scholarship in this book. - Goodreads
And I loved their love story which spanned the world. - Goodreads
My first real intro to the life of Julia Child. - Goodreads
That said, the writing is a bit dry. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

This book deserves credit for establishing the chronology of Mrs Child's life and identifying the key figures. I think we wouldn't know quite so much about Mrs Child's (unremarkable) childhood in ... Read full review

Review: Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

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

Contents

17 W1 gems
17
ac India Intrigue
89
A To China with Love
105
18
121
w Eastward Ho
127
19
138
20
160
Launching the Book
271
Riding the Second Wave
359
A Time of Loss
381
23
397
24
415
25
435
Family Trees
506
Notes
513
Bibliography
547

The French Chef
289
Provencal Winters
303
The Media Are the Message
323
Celebrity and Solitude
341

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About the author (2010)

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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