The definitive biography of Julia Child - with access to Julia's diaries and letters - written by the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed The Beatles and timed to Julia's 100th birthday.
From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world, and altered the way America eats and thinks of food. There might not be a Food Network or even a PBS if Julia had not blazed the trail.
Spitz chronicles Julia's friendships, her struggles, her heartwarming romance with Paul, and of course, the story of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her triumphant TV career. A thorough, surprising, affectionate, and extraordinarily entertaining account of a truly remarkable life.
©2012 Bob Spitz (P)2012 Random House Audio
This book was lengthy but never became boring. Although cooking was Julia's passion and predominated her life, she was a daughter, wife, sister, friend, and woman, and the author of this well-written book brought out each facet as well as her views and personality. He also presented Julia in the context of the world in which she lived, and I learned more about the politics and lives of women in her era. I was surprised to find that the book helped me to better understand my own mother and realize that her cooking, which I thought was awful, was due to the unavailability of foods and produce that I take for granted. A delightful read or listen!
Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.
I enjoyed this book which repeats a lot of the information from the film Julie and Julia and from the book "My LIfe in France", however, I didn't learn that much new information about Julia and her life other than the early part before she married Paul CHild (which isn't all that interesting) and the part after his death which is not that engaging either. The best parts of the book really do recount the same stories as have been earlier told, so that the book cannot be said to be boring, but it doesn't add much to understanding Julia and her talents.
The title The Remarkable Life of Julia Child is a vast understatement. I found this book irresistible! I read Julia Child's "My Life in France", which was a wonderful excerpt from her life and have always craved to know more about this lively larger-than-life woman that I fondly remember watching on TV as a child and as an adult. I love to cook and her shows and cookbooks have inspired me for many years. I have wished many times that I could have known her personally. After this book, I almost feel as though I did know her. What a wonderful character she was! What a life she lived!
I don't know that I can name just one memorable moment. What I can say is that her tenacity is just awe inspiring. Once she found her passion she never let up! Amazing!
Hers and Paul's love and mutual admiration for each other!
This is a great book for the audio media. I listen during a long commute and I am transported to other countries and cultures....the descriptions of food are mouth watering.
Her French is fantastic.
I have read every biography of Julia Child published and this is THE one. This biography is a history of 20th Century America and how it shaped this remarkable woman. Beginning with the founding of Pasadena, Calif. in the late 19th Century as a backdrop for the family she came from through to her return to California's Santa Barbara coast at the end of her life - with a whole lot of living in between.
It was fun to learn about the life and challenges of Julia Child
Julie - it was her biography
No. Good all the way through
Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!
The details are interesting, but the going is slow.
I find Paul and her relationship with him extremely interesting.
I don't think she had quite the right character of voice to do Julia justice. She was a little too modulated and didn't capture a very wide variety of personalities. But it didn't ruin the experience for me, like a truly bad narrator or recording can.
lt spurred me to look up pics of young Julia and Paul on the internet.
it took me a really long time to get through it, but on the other-hand was a great fall-to-sleep book, which i always need one of in my library.
at the top of my list for biographies
the mention of so many other people that Julia new and worked with
THis is my first time listening to her.
The reader is excelent
This is a wonderful story! The reader is excellent. The story is excellent. I was not hungry listening, but was inspired to try to enjoy cooking (something that is a rarity for me). I read/listen to 100's of audible books, but never write a review. "Dearie" is just darling. It is so inspiring to understand that she did not become "Julia Child" until later in life. Get through the first part (it's a bit slow but necessary in understanding Julia), once you get to Paris, say goodbye to everyone and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
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