Thursday, September 6, 2012

Delicious Dearie

 "Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." - Julia Child

I have to thank Véronique from French Girl In Seattle for recommending an absolutely delicious read - Dearie: The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child

I didn't plan to pick up Bob Spitz's biography of America's favorite chef because I thought nothing could top Julia's own My Life In France. But a steady diet of page-turners had left me a little sleep deprived, so I thought a nice quiet bio would allow me to turn out the light at a decent hour for a change. 

Vanity Fair 

Happily I was wrong. Reading the book is almost as delightful as I imagine sitting down to a meal with Julia might be. Her contagious joie de vivre, relentless quest for fun, and fearless energy jump off the page. She makes me want to roast a chicken or whip up a cozy pot of Boeuf Bourguignon even though temperatures are supposed to climb well into the 80s today - or better yet hop on the next flight to France.

But what I'm loving most about this book is how well it describes the long road full of bumps, curves, stops and starts that led Julia to "her true calling." Julia felt lost, directionless, adrift and on the outside for much of the first three decades of her life, but she never gave up on finding her passion and place in the world - and never surrendered her outright love for living during her grayer days. In that I feel a kindredness to Julia and find in her story just the right ingredients for inspiration.

Who is inspiring you these days? 


  1. Great review! Thanks for the recommendation. I loved the film 'Julie and Julia' and I have the book 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' so I'm sure I would enjoy this too!

  2. It's going on my hold list at the library now. I love it when someone reminds us to keep searching for her passions, and it sounds like another great read about this wonderful woman!

  3. Loved My Life in France so I will definitely pick this up. Isn't Julie Child the greatest?
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Thursday.

  4. So glad you decided to pick up the book and are enjoying it, Jeanne. I only have a couple of chapters left (it is one long book!) and will miss "Madame Julia" when I read the last page. What I found very interesting on top of her life, were all the descriptions of American society (especially during Julia's "country club years.") They made the perfect backdrop for this great story, don't you think? Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  5. I agree, Véronique. I didn't know much about her early life and found it fascinating. I just arrived in Paris with Julia and we just started cooking lessons so I have several pages still to go (it is quite a long book) but think I will savor every word! Thanks again for the recommendation! XO

  6. i'll get it! i used to watch her tv show as a kid, just mesmerized by her presence. what a gem.


  7. So glad to hear you enjoyed this - felt the same way about it because I too loved My Life in France. Now I just have to decide whether I dare buy another book to sit on the pile next to my bed!!

  8. So glad I stopped by your blog today. What a great review! I adore all things Julia and am thinking it will be a nice preview to our Christmas in Paris this holiday.
    Happy Weekend!



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