Dearie

Dearie

The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

eBook - 2012
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It is rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It is 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 is 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. 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. She was already fifty when The French Chef went on the air, at a time in our history when women were not making those leaps. Julia became the first educational TV star, virtually launching PBS as we know it today. 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.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012
ISBN: 9780307961129
0307961125
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Julia Child ran off to join a spy agency during World War II. She eventually settled in Paris and learned to cook. At 50 her show French Chef went on air making her the first education TV star. Her story takes us from the Depression Era, through the turbulent 60’s through to the excesses of the ... Read More »


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candot
Jul 23, 2013

Remarkable life indeed. I really enjoyed this book about Julia. She was a wonderful woman.

Evamach Apr 10, 2013

While I did see some of her shows and have one of her cookbooks, what I really appreciated in this book is the tale of the development of Julia as a person, and the wonderfully evocative descriptions of her relationships, with her husband, her co-authors and more.

I am only mildly interested in cooking, so I was not sure I would get through this huge book but it held my interest throughout.

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orthogonal
Mar 09, 2013

Wow, I had no idea that Julia came from such a privaleged background!

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annekim9
Mar 04, 2013

A delightfully written and exhaustively researched biography on Julia Child. I laughed so much during the chapters on her childhood ... what a pistol Julia was even then! The book covers her entire life (Julia kept up an amazing work schedule even into her late 80s). Upon finishing this long biography, I felt like I had lost a very close friend. If you loved her memoir My Life in France, or the movie Julie and Julia, you will absolutely devour this book. It's just wonderful, dearie.

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sweetsoo
Jan 19, 2013

A truly amazing and enjoyable biography.

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hgibbins
Jan 03, 2013

What a life! This is an amazing biography of a cultural icon. She brought authentic French cooking into the homes of millions, and was the inspiration for all the cooking shows you see on television today. It would be so beneficial if the shows we have on today would actually review some of Mrs. Child's shows, and actually teach the viewers something, rather than just act a form of mindless entertainment.

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legadillo
Dec 05, 2012

coulda been shorter

VanessaCCL Oct 16, 2012

"Julia Child, cookbook author and television star, lived a rich and complex life even before she discovered French cuisine in 1948. In Dearie, biographer Bob Spitz recounts details of Child's California upbringing, her wartime service with the OSS, her loving relationship with her husband, and her friendships and professional ties. Her apparently inexhaustible energy, joie de vivre, and charm come to life on the pages of this biography." From Next Reads Biography & Memoir October 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=559052

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bucdrew
Sep 27, 2012

Fascinating story about a truly remarkable woman, that had me you-tubing clips from her old shows. I was already familiar with the overall Julia Child story (wealthy parents, worked for the agency that would become the CIA in WWII, moved to France where she fell in love with French cooking, attended Le Cordon Bleu and co-wrote a cookbook designed to introduce French techniques to American cooks, practically created PBS as we know it with her show The French Chef, etc.) but I was amazed at how hard she worked, what a perfectionist she was, how the TV persona was both natural and crafted, and many other details of her life. The only thing keeping me from giving it five stars is the author's over-reliance on cliches, and his obvious favoritism toward his subject.

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noseinbook
Sep 23, 2012

Since seeing her first TV show live on public TV in the '60s, I've been a huge Julia-phile and will read anything and everything about her. Lots of fascinating new background and information in this book, and I enjoyed reading it. Only complaint is the author's too-cute, somewhat flippant language in places, that felt like an intrusion in the account of an actual person.

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