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Sep 18, 2012 08:52 PM

"Dearie" - a Julia Child biography

A 500-plus page book, by Bob Spitz. The notes to the book are so extensive that they had to be published online. They make for as interesting a read as the book does.

It's a wonderful book. If you've read "My Life in France," you know some of the story Spitz presents, but the incredible number of facts, the background information, comments from friends and colleagues, and all of the late 20th century food world gossip add to Julia's legend.

It turns out that he was Julia's choice as a biographer, but other projects - see below - interfered with the writing of this book.

I am an avid reader. 500 pages is a big book. I ripped through this in about 2 1/2 days. It's terrific.

[Spitz also wrote "The Saucier's Apprentice", an 'I'm gonna go to Europe and cook' book - highly entertaining, He's also the author of a comprehensive biography of The Beatles.]

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  1. Thanks for the recommendation, I love biographies and also really enjoyed My Life in France. I added it to my reading list.

    1. I too want to thank your for your review. Nice to see it on a food-oriented website. I am putting this on my "to read" list!

      1. Thanks nikki. I now know what book mom is getting for Christmas. (I'll read it when she's done ;)

        1. Thanks so much for the review! I am wary of reading bios of famous people after reading a few poorly done ones. Julia Child has always been a favorite of mine. I was thrilled to find it in my local library. I will be setting aside a couple of long afternoons to devour this book. Again thanks so much!

          1. I love Julia and ripped through My life in France so I downloaded the sample of "Dearie" to my Kindle and found it stultifying . I was very sad about that. Maybe it gets better as it goes along?

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              I don't know what the Kindle sample entails but I found the book is a bit of a slog at first, but the intensive background on her family does add perspective as it goes on. It's not as breezy as My LIfe in France, but it was worth it to me to hang in with the early chapters.