Okay, the full title of the book is Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, but that was just too many colons for one blog post title.
I just finished this one up on Tuesday, while sitting out on Joey’s deck and remarkable is right! It’s interesting to me that Julia Child is such a huge name in the cooking world, yet before reading this book I knew next to nothing about her. I didn’t know she grew up in California, didn’t know she was that tall, didn’t know she had a career with the secret intelligence agency before embarking on a career in cooking, didn’t know she didn’t begin that career until she was almost 40, didn’t know hard she worked and how much she did right up until her death just two days before her 92nd birthday. Remarkable.
While I’m not sure I loved the style of Dearie — it seemed like a lot facts and quotes and was a little dry for my taste — I totally fell in love with the character it depicted. By the end, I felt like I had been friends with Julia Child. And what a spunky and fun friend she was. I don’t think anyone who knows anything about Julia Child can deny that she was one of a kind. When I reached the end of the book, I was genuinely sad. Sad that I was too young to know who she was when she was still living, sad that I never got to watch her shows, sad that the world will never see another like her. But what a legacy she’s left behind.
P.S. Do not read this book while hungry 😛