Who doesn’t love Julia Child? That laugh, those recipes, that food—she paved the way for a new era of cooking, teaching a nation how to prepare the finest French cuisine in their own homes. Dearie by Bob Spitz is a charming biography of Julia, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, fought for women’s rights, and forever altered how we think about what we eat.
The book chronicles Julia’s struggles, her heartwarming romance with Paul, and, of course, the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her triumphant TV career. It’s a wonderful pick for book clubs who love biographies, as well as for book clubs who love foodie stories (and, of course, Julia!).
If your reading group picks Dearie, we’d invite you to use our Discussion Resources for Nonfiction. Plus, consider adding My Life in France to the meal—written by Julia herself, the book covers the years she spent learning about French culture and studying cooking at the Cordon Bleu.
Happy reading—and bon appétit!