Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
A Time, Washington Post, and NPR Best Book of the Year
The stunning story of how Julia Child transformed herself into the cult figure who touched off a food revolution that has gripped the country for more than fifty years. Spanning Pasadena to Paris, acclaimed author Bob Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.
A genuine rebel who took the pretensions that embellished French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for a new era of American food—not to mention blazing a new trail in television—Child redefined herself in middle age, fought for women’s rights, and forever altered how we think about what we eat.
Chronicling Julia's struggles, her heartwarming romance with Paul, and, of course, the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her triumphant TV career, Dearie is an extraordinarily entertaining account of a truly remarkable life.
pieces of the manuscript during a visit to Cambridge. Without even waiting for Julia’s approval, she’d ordered Houghton Mifflin to send it to him. “Do not despair,” Avis declared. “We have only begun to fight.” But Julia wasn’t so sure she had it in her. THERE WERE CERTAIN realities that Julia needed to come to grips with. Literary pursuits were fine for dilettantes, but she was a practical person, not a dreamer, and refused to romanticize her prospects. Was the book, as Brooks claimed, too
Colorado, and then further south and west, spending his free time wherever they turned up next. Caro made it clear that Dorothy’s health was her priority, and that nothing—neither romance nor marriage—would hinder her goal. She didn’t discourage John, per se, so long as he knew where everything stood. Otherwise, they enjoyed a mutually exclusive, if rather arm’s-length, relationship. To John McWilliams Jr., this ritual of courtship seemed more like a war of attrition. Caro seemed disinclined to
were made to be broken. There was a persuasiveness about her even then, an irresistible rascally streak that lapsed into mischief, with her intriguing proposals for unsupervised play. They could smoke or play pranks, even “take things” that didn’t exactly belong to them but were nevertheless up for grabs, like fruit left unattended at the posh Raymond Hotel or plunder from one of the many construction sites nearby. In no time, Julia and Babe were inseparable. They formed the McHall gang, which
colleagues. She was in a swoon over them. They were everything she wanted to be in life—they were smart, sophisticated, opinionated, imaginative, adventurous, and witty; they were free spirits, highly competitive but in a challenging way, so that one’s probing question stimulated another’s thoughtful response. And what minds she encountered in Kandy! Professors, engineers, artists, anthropologists, ornithologists, biologists, cryptologists—why, every kind of ologist one could think of was there.
paradigms, were undergoing upheaval. The arts, politics, fashion, values were all breaking out of the narrow concept of everyday life. Julia, being an iconoclast herself, was eager to shake up the norms. She took up arms alongside the other cultural guerrillas who were busy knocking down walls: Andy Warhol, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, Hugh Hefner, Philip Roth, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Gurley Brown, Allen Ginsberg, the Beatles. The Kennedys: their sophistication and youthful exuberance gave all