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Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child (1997 original; edició 1997)

de Noel Riley Fitch (Autor)

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Meet the woman behind the apron in Noël Riley Fitch's revealing biography of America's favorite cook: Julia Child.

A household name, Julia Child has entered the hearts of millions of Americans through their kitchens. Yet few know the richly varied private life that lies behind this icon. Fitch takes us from her exuberant youth through her years at Smith College, where Julia was at the center of every prank and party. When most of her girlfriends married, Julia volunteered with the OSS during World War II and was an integral part of the elite corps. There, she met her future husband, Paul Child, who introduced her to the glories of fine French cuisine, art, and love.

Julia invested ten years of learning and experimentation in what would become her first bestselling classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Now her career is one of legend, spanning over half a century. Hers was a truly American life.<… (més)

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Títol:Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child
Autors:Noel Riley Fitch (Autor)
Informació:Doubleday (1997), Edition: 1st, 569 pages
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A delightful look at the life of one of America's greatest cooks, Julia Child. The title of the book is an apt one, as Julia lived a rich, full life, just like her cooking. After attending Smith College, she began working for the OSS, and was privy to many top secret US intelligence documents. After her marriage to Paul Child, she took up an interest in cooking, which spawned a career.

The book is well-written. For me, the most interesting parts where Julia's time in France, the writing of her first cookbook, and the filming of her first TV series, The French Chef. Anyone with an interest in this larger than life lady will enjoy this book. ( )
  briandrewz | Sep 9, 2016 |
500 pages of Julia Child is a lot. Ms Child is worth 500 pages, though, and she offered up plenty of written material to base the book on, so it's an interesting read.

I'd say that unless you're really, really into Julia, reading "My Life if France" is enough. In fact, if you haven't read that one, you should.

Even though I'd already read about that portion of her life, I found the bits about her learning to cook and researching the recipes for Mastering the Art of French Cooking to be the most interesting part of the book.
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  periwinklejane | Mar 31, 2013 |
Didn't like the author's writing style. Might try to read again later. ( )
  E. | Oct 17, 2012 |
Over the top, almost worshipful book about how MARVELOUS and REMARKABLE Julia Child was. It spend way, way too much time on her family history, both sides, her childhood, her education, and then finally got to her adult life and service in the OSS. That was only mildly interesting, and I decided I just couldn't forge through the rest of this book. I really like and admire Julia Child, but this was flat and poorly written. 1 star. ( )
  cmbohn | Jun 25, 2010 |
I very much wanted to know about Julia Child and this book did not disappoint however, it so tediously details everything she ever did that I found it impossible to finish. I gave up after getting half way through and completed "My Life In France" by Julia Child instead. I agree with other reviews that it also come across as a "worship" book where the subject can do no wrong, which as a biography does a great disservice. ( )
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Meet the woman behind the apron in Noël Riley Fitch's revealing biography of America's favorite cook: Julia Child.

A household name, Julia Child has entered the hearts of millions of Americans through their kitchens. Yet few know the richly varied private life that lies behind this icon. Fitch takes us from her exuberant youth through her years at Smith College, where Julia was at the center of every prank and party. When most of her girlfriends married, Julia volunteered with the OSS during World War II and was an integral part of the elite corps. There, she met her future husband, Paul Child, who introduced her to the glories of fine French cuisine, art, and love.

Julia invested ten years of learning and experimentation in what would become her first bestselling classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Now her career is one of legend, spanning over half a century. Hers was a truly American life.

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