Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Review: Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz


Bob Spitz has written an in depth, well researched biography of Julia Child, most of the focus is on her development as a mostly directionless young woman to a strong writer and business woman. At times she's contrary between who she wants her readers and views to see her and and who she really is underneath the facade.

This was a difficult read, at times, because Julia Child was truly a product of her time. Her personal views on equal rights for women, people of color and the LGBT community, as well as her language make it difficult to like her at times from a contemporary place. That said, she was a product of her time; as a reader, viewer and home cook I have to give her credit for changing the landscape of American cooking. She elevated chefs in a way I don't think anyone else could have and she made it possible for average people to share there love of food, cooking and food related products on the blogs of today.

Over all I enjoyed this biography and would recommend for anyone interested in food history.

4 spoons out of 5.

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