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Dearie
Bob Spitz

The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

Knopf
August 2012
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Featuring: Julia Child
557 pages
ISBN: 0307272222
EAN: 9780307272225
Kindle: B007MDDDRU
Hardcover / e-Book
$29.95
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Non-Fiction Biography

Itís rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. Itís even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station.  And yet, thatís exactly what Julia Child did.  The warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off the food revolution that has gripped America for more than fifty years.

Now, in Bob Spitzís definitive, wonderfully affectionate biography, the Julia we know and love comes vividly ó and surprisingly ó to life.  In Dearie, Spitz employs the same skill he brought to his best-selling, critically acclaimed book The Beatles, providing a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time ó a woman known to all, yet known by only a few.

At its heart, Dearie is a story about a womanís search for her own unique expression.  Julia Child was a directionless, gawky young woman who ran off halfway around the world to join a spy agency during World War II.  She eventually settled in Paris, where she learned to cook and collaborated on the writing of what would become Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a book that changed the food culture of America.   She was already fifty when The French Chef went on the air ó  at a time in our history when women werenít making those leaps.  Julia became the first educational TV star, virtually launching PBS as we know it today; her marriage to Paul Child formed a decades-long love story that was romantic, touching, and quite extraordinary.

A fearless, ambitious, supremely confident woman, Julia took on all the pretensions that embellished tony French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for everything that has happened since in American cooking, from TV dinners and Big Macs to sea urchin foam and the Food Channel.  Julia Childís story, however, is more than the tale of a talented woman and her sumptuous craft.  It is also a saga of Americaís coming of age and growing sophistication, from the Depression Era to the turbulent sixties and the excesses of the eighties to the greening of the American kitchen.  Julia had an effect on and was equally affected by the baby boom, the sexual revolution, and the start of the womenís liberation movement.

On the centenary of her birth, Julia finally gets the biography she richly deserves.  An in-depth, intimate narrative, full of fresh information and insights, Dearie is an entertaining, all-out adventure story of one of our most fascinating and beloved figures.

Media Buzz

All Things Considered - December 28, 2012
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - November 22, 2012
Good Morning America - August 15, 2012
PBS News Hour - August 15, 2012
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - August 15, 2012

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