When Julia first appeared on television, as the insatiable 1960s unfolded, the marriage of fun and food were light-years apart. Most households remained devoted to Jell-O molds, frozen vegetables, and tuna-noodle casseroles.
-- Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz. I'm just wrapping up this fun and fresh biography of America's favorite queen of the kitchen. Spitz writes like people really talk, which sometimes feels overly casual (for example, he describes Julia's father as "hard-ass" instead of "authoritarian" like you would expect), but did make me feel like I really knew Julia Child.
Dearie is comprehensive, so makes a good overall biography to go along with Child's own My Life in France and the quirkier Julie & Julia (book and movie).
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