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Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

    Lessons Julia taught us

    The Biography of Julia Child is not only a story of her very interesting and inspirational life, it is the story of early television and the blooming contemporaty publishing industry in the mid to late 1900's. Julia Child was on the leading edge of a wave of cook book publication from which many have benefited. She was the leading edge of the cooking show industry in a way that is unmatched today. The book gives us a view of her youth and maturity, her world travels and government service, her broad and bright personality and her courage in the face of many challenges. Julia was truly a giant among people and this book shines for her. An enjoyable read spanning nearly a centry.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Bigger and Better

    Julie Child was a large women with an matching appetite for good food, adventure and a 'well-lived' life. This book is filled with small details of her many associations in the diplomatic and foodie world. A leisurely journey through her childhood, early work experiences and married life. While it includes no recipes it does follow the evolution of several of her more famous recipes, notable her Queen of Sheba cake, as they evolve along with Child's own tastes. The book glosses over some of the more bitter struggles in the food world as I imagine did Julie herself. Although a California girl, she adopted the 'Northeasterner' attitude of acknowledging a problem, solving it to the best of one's ability and then getting on with life. Everyone can learn something from this book, in food or life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

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    Such a Let Down

    The book was a dreadful who's who look at the intelligencia of the era rather than an exploration of the character. I was bogged down from the first 20 pages with who sat next to who at dinner. Most of the members of my book club were unable to finish.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    Almost every day in Julia's life accounted for.

    I enjoyed the first part of this book tremendously but as it went into her cooking career and involved ALL the people she met and worked with the author had some trouble putting it all together. There were some awkward sentences, quotations that added little, and numerous items in parenthesis that became so cumbersome that the text had to be re-read to figure out how the additional bracketed information related. The detail was so tremendous that it will never be improved upon, however for a recreational read it was as if each day of Julia's life was accounted for. It pays a lovely tribute to Julia's spirit and ambition but perhaps a few less ingredients would have made a better recipe.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Highly recommend--a must read!!

    I knew who Julia Child was, and had seen her on TV, but was never really that interested. After seeing the movie Julie/Julia, and reading the book I was curious. This woman had a very interesting life! This is a great biography-very detailed. For biography lovers like me this is definitely the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Julia lovers will relish this book

    While not as engaging as Julia Child's own biography "My Life in France", this book is chock full of the details that Julia herself left out. Fitch clearly worships at Child's altar and paints a loving portrait of a truly unique woman.

    The book could have been edited a little more in order to remove some of Fitch's lists of friends, dinner companions, what everyone ate, etc. Some big events in Child's life are a bit glossed over, such as her professional break with Simca Beck. Paul Child's views on Beck are repeated, but there is little from Julia's point of view. To get a more complete understanding of some events, "My Life in France" is the better resource.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it kept my interest throughout. If you're interested in the complete Julia Child, from cradle to grave, "Appetite For Life" is a must. Pair it with "My Life in France" for a complete picture of a fascinating woman.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Just beginning the book

    I'm only in the first 50 pages of the book, but I'm finding it poorly written. More than once the author begins a paragraph that sounds as though it is going to have a further thread, but just stops and has no reason to be there. And she keeps referring to Julia's size. Heavens....we get it. I'm terribly disappointed in it so far. I find myself skipping whole chunks out of boredom.

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