I’ve always been inspired by Julia Child—I mean, she didn’t learn to cook until she was middle-aged, how fabulous is that? Just goes to show it’s never too late to be who you were meant to be.
So when I heard about this new biography, I did something I rarely do: I bought a copy. There are a great many books I need to read but only a few I need to own. Dearie made the cut and I’m so glad it did. It’s fabulous, a warmly affectionate but clear-eyed look at an American icon.
It’s good value, too. Since I bought the Kindle version I don’t know how thick it is, but it took me weeks to read it. I knock off the average novel in 2-3 hours, so you see my point. Dearie is a comprehensive story and clearly well-documented; I kept looking at the little percentage number at the bottom of my Kindle thinking “I’m only 55% of the way through? She’s already in her eighties, for pete’s sake.” That’s because the last 40% of the book is references. The author did his research and has the notes to prove it.
While foodies are the obvious audience for this book, anyone who grew up in the sixties-seventies and remembers watching Julia on TV will enjoy the back story. Anyone who’s ever wondered if they’ll ever find their “place” in life will be inspired by this amazing woman. It’s not just Julia’s story, it’s the story of eating in America over the last century. Dearie may give you an “appetit” but it’s definitely “bon”.