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Julia Child and her husband spent many years living abroad in France and other places, traveling when necessary to accommodate Paul’s employer. While they were living in France, Julia took cooking classes and met two other women – Simca and Louisette – who were trying to create a book of French recipes for American cooks. Together, the friends started their own cooking school and Julia became involved with the cookbook. Ten years later, they managed to perfect the recipes AND publish their book,
This book is not only a biography of Julia Child, it is also a work of art. Carefully crafted and designed (even the end papers are decorated with objects whose names are translated in English (front) and French (back)), this book is busy with activity and enthusiasm – some spreads even have numbered panels, so you can clearly follow the action. Julia’s passion for cooking and her determination and tenacity are evident. After reading this, you may be inspired to try out some of her recipes (one for crepes is included in this book), or catch an episode of her cooking show.
On one side I liked this book, as it is jam packed with interesting stories about a fascinating character. I loved reading about Julia Child’s travels and long journey to publish her cookbook. This is really mostly about her professional life, not her personal life, but is really quite an interesting story.
That said, it was hard to read. The book was somewhere in between a graphic novel and a picture book, and the text was hard to follow around the page. In one spread there were actual numbers t
The book’s subject is fascinating- I love Julia Child. I like the fact that a children’s biography was published for a famous chef (usually they’re all politicians, singers and athletes) and I like biographies about strong women. That being said, the writing in this book was so jumbled. Each page has multiple illustrations, scattered around the page with text that looks handwritten. The book is so BUSY, it’s horribly distracting. I have great reading comprehension skills and read really quickly,