Thursday, January 14, 2016

Book Beginning: Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



"Now, dearie, I will require a hot plate for my appearance on Professor Duhamel's program."

-- Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz. This comprehensive biography moves along at a fast clip. Even the "main" parts that were covered in My Life in France and Julie & Julia (book and movie) seem fresh and new. I love it.


  1. uh-oh, another Julia Child book that I must read :)

  2. Julia child fascinates me...I loved Julie & Julia. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I never understood what a treasure Julia Childs was until she was gone and all these folks wrote books about her. Sigh.

  4. Julia Child is so interesting. Thanks for hosting!

  5. I'm definitely intrigued - I too loved the movie Julie & Julia and have always loved watching clips of Julia Child on tv

  6. Sounds like a great biography!

  7. Hi Gilion,

    Julia's name is one I haven't come across before, so it may be that she was rather US centric, although I never tended to follow many of the baking programmes anyway, either recently or historically.

    We had one or two of our own ground-breaking, early adopter chefs, here in the UK at about the same time as Julia appears to have been at her height of popularity and similarly, French food was the most accessible to us as a nation for sharing and learning from.

    Probably not a book for me, but thanks for sharing your opening lines and for hosting BBOF this week :)


  8. I can hear that voice. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  9. Sounds like a goodie. Thanks for hosting.

  10. I took a dislike to Julia in My Life in France but I've been thinking I need to give her another chance and this one sounds interesting.

  11. Hi Gillion,
    I love Julia Child, watched her show on PBS all the time
    I'll have to check this one out. Have a great day!

  12. Love that sentence, and love Julia Child.

    Have a wonderful reading weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  13. I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds amazing. I love Julia Child she's one of my all time favorites. My parents use to watch her on PBS when I was a kid. I hope you enjoy it adding it to my list.

  14. I saw the movie you're referencing. Her life seems very interesting. Should be a great read. Thanks!
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  15. I look forward to the book. It is waiting on my shelf, along with My Life in France, and As Always, Julia. Years ago, I read a biography of her that was very good - Appetite for Life by Noel Riley Fitch.

  16. Ooookaayyy... makes me wonder why on earth she'd want a hotplate for someone's show lol. I like it, it's quirky!


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