In 1948, when Julia Childs was still a new arrival in Paris, an unannounced visitor arrived at her doorstep. It was a tiny French cat. The expatriate invited the orphan feline in, named her Minette, and made her part of her household. With that, Julia later said, "Our domestic circle was completed." With letters and original interviews, this incomparable book reconstructs the third of her three great loves in life: cooking, her husband, and cats. An intimate account of a much beloved icon.
Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Catsby Patricia Barey, Therese Burson
The world knows Julia Child as the charismatic woman who brought French cuisine to America and became a TV sensation, but there’s one aspect of her life that’s not so familiar. Soon after the Childs arrived in Paris in 1948, a French cat appeared on their doorstep, and Julia recalled, “Our domestic circle was completed.” Minette captured… See more details below
The world knows Julia Child as the charismatic woman who brought French cuisine to America and became a TV sensation, but there’s one aspect of her life that’s not so familiar. Soon after the Childs arrived in Paris in 1948, a French cat appeared on their doorstep, and Julia recalled, “Our domestic circle was completed.” Minette captured Julia’s heart, igniting a lifelong passion for cats equaled only by her love of food and her husband, Paul. All the cherished feline companions who shared Julia’s life—in Paris, Provence, and finally California—reminded her of that magical time in Paris when her life changed forever.
From Julia’s and Paul’s letters and original interviews with those who knew her best, Patricia Barey and Therese Burson have gathered fresh stories and images that offer a delightfully intimate view of a beloved icon.
Praise for Julia's Cats:
“A cat-centric biography of Julia Child? Why not? The back book jacket quotes Child herself as saying, ‘Really, the more I cook, the more I like to cook. To think that it has taken me 40 yrs. to find my true creative hobby and passion (cat and husb. excepted).’ This book ably braids these three strands of Child’s life. The many feline fanciers out there will surely enjoy the photographs of the cats, many taken by her husband, Paul Child.” —Chicago Tribune
“It's clear that all the cats that passed through her life gave her joy and comfort, probably in ways that food and even Paul could not. Having that perspective of this grande dame makes her seem all the more human and wonderfully admirable to me.” —Epicurious
“This compact, entertaining read is filled with personal photos and letters that document the role cats played in Julia's life as she moved from Paris to Provence, Cambridge to California.” —Shelf Awareness
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Meet the Author
Patricia Barey and Therese Burson own a media production company and have written, produced, and directed award-winning programs on a range of subjects. Barey’s program on Chicago as a food mecca won an Emmy. Burson, who holds a PhD in English, has taught creative writing to undergraduates and adults.
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Julia Child's 2 Volumes of mastering French cuisine are among my favorite cookbooks. Too, I have enjoyed a few books about her life. Couple my admiration of Julia with my love of all things cat and this book, "Julia's Cats," is an absolute delight to read. The story is a quick re-cap of her life, focusing on her kitt of the day throughout her adult life. This is a quick and pleasant read that would make a fun gift to that cat and food lover.
Having just recently been adopted by an abandoned cat but having been a Julia Child fan for several years, I totally enjoyed this book. The photos are small jewels tucked inside the chapters. While I have read books by Julia and others, I still learned more about her and her love of cats. There is a whimsical tone to the book that seems to mirror Julia's love of life in France and in all of her kitchens. Savor these stories and read them lightly and try the recipe at the end!