Dearie the remarkable life of julia child

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Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

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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Chef, author, and television personality Julia Child was passionate about long-form cooking in an era when most American women were deeply in love with their can openers. It is easy to see her as ahead of her time, but it is more accurate to say she was right on schedule for ours. It helped shaped them. Without her, US food culture would be very different. What was it about Child that made the nation adore her — enough to collectively drop the can opener, take up the whisk, and buy a proper omelet pan?

But as Spitz weaves her story through narratives of McCarthyism, feminism, the rise of television a medium she conquered, though her 6-ft. Non-foodies will love her abiding affection for Goldfish crackers. Next Wild , Cheryl Strayed. Top 10 Nonfiction Books The Black Count , Tom Reiss 9. Wild , Cheryl Strayed 5. Are You My Mother?

This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Even when publishing industry insiders and reviewers declare a topic completely played out, there are a few topics that always seem to bounce back just fine. To name a few of the perennials: Jane Austen, vampire romances, technology CEO hagiographies, zombie apocalypse stories, outliers, zombie Jane Austen, vampire Jane Austen and, of course, soft-core porn. Readers never seem to tire of these. Especially now, since her th birthday coming up on August 15 is thrusting her back into the spotlight. Spitz, who, in the past, has chronicled The Beatles, Bob Dylan and his own mid-life decision to chuck it all and cook his way through Europe, has done it again. Dearie is the kind of momentous and comprehensive biography most writers could never dream of compiling.

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Sign up for our newsletters! Late in her life, Julia Child spoke at the National Press Club, where she answered questions from a group of admiring journalists. One of them asked her to reveal the secret to her longevity. Finally, the journalist got around to asking Child to account for her stamina. If you enjoy loving descriptions of French cuisine and want to re-experience the novelty of a six-foot-three woman with a fluty voice bringing French cooking to the masses, then this book Julia McWilliams was born to privilege in Pasadena in Her mother Caro was an indifferent cook who made baking-powder biscuits and Welsh rarebit and little else.

She was neither French nor an actual chef. Her recipes, while not always simple, were guaranteed to work, and had a flavor that couldn't be imitated by food from a can. She made mistakes too, endearing millions of home cooks who saw in her a little bit of themselves. Read an excerpt of his book. We've also posted videos of Child from our archives --interviews from with John Callaway and with Phil Ponce.

Knopf August I knew Julia up close: I cooked with her, and for her; shared dozen of meals in a variety of cities; drank vintage wine and listened to music together, and celebrated with friends at book parties, engagement parties and restaurant openings sometimes our own. I worked in the industry dominated by Julia's spirit and accomplishments for most of my career as a professional chef. So it was with avid interest that I devoured her life's story whole. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child -- told with affection and reverence by author Bob Spitz - lifts an American icon from the cauldron of celebrity into a dish of comfort food. The book chronicles an appealing personal journey defined by obstacles, perseverance, and an endearing quest to satisfy her many appetites. Not only were they colleagues who traveled, ate, and gossiped a bit, but Mr.

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