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Dearie : the remarkable life of Julia Child

Author: Bob Spitz
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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It is rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It is 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, that is exactly what Julia Child did. The warble voiced doyenne of television cookery became an iconic cult figure  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Julia Child; Julia Child
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Spitz
ISBN: 9780307272225 0307272222
OCLC Number: 769424529
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book."
Includes index.
Description: viii, 557 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Paradise --
"On her way" --
Julia of the almost spring --
Only a butterfly --
Keeper of the secrets --
Paul --
A diamond in the rough --
Lucky to be alive --
Devouring Paris whole --
Lady sings the bleus --
What she'd gotten herself into --
A memorable feast --
Frenchy French --
This elephant of ours --
Julia's turn to bloom --
Taking everything in stride --
A monstrously busy life --
A law unto herself --
The mad women of La Peetch --
A household name --
We are not all eternal --
Looking forward --
Enough --
The end of an era --
No one gets out alive --
The beginning of the end --
The raft.
Responsibility: Bob Spitz.

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It is rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It is 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, that is 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. 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. She was already fifty when The French Chef went on the air, at a time in our history when women were not making those leaps. Julia became the first educational TV star, virtually launching PBS as we know it today. Julia Child's story, however, is more than the tale of a talented woman and her sumptuous craft. It is also a saga of America's 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 women's liberation movement. On the centenary of her birth, Julia finally gets the biography she richly deserves. --From publisher description.

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