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Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

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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 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.

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