By Gemma Simko
In honor of the one and only Julia Child’s birthday (the famous chef would have been 104 years old today!), we’ve put together list of our favorite novels regarding Julia and her very interesting journey through life. In addition to revolutionizing the American culinary scene and pioneering the food television industry, Julia Child led an incredibly fascinating personal life. There’s so much more to her story than Mastering the Art of French Cooking- check out our top picks below!
If you’ve always dreamed of catching up over cocktails with Julia Child at her Cambridge kitchen table, this is as close as you’re going to get. This intimate collection of letters between Child and Avis Devoto (Child’s close friend, loyal penpal, and unofficial literary agent) invites the reader to peer into Julia’s most inner thoughts during the process of writing her most famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Featuring over two hundred letters spanning a little over nine years, these letters showcases Child’s absolute dedication, perseverance, and undeniable sense of humor.
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child (2012)
By Bob Spitz
This book invites the reader to learn about Julia Child’s childhood and adult life before her success, including her stuggles to find her purpose in life. This is an inspiring read, especially for a reader who is unsure of what’s next in life and could use a little inspiration. This book exposes a bit more of Child’s vulnerability, something hard to imagine considering Child’s fearless attitude on her cooking show, or directness in her writing.
My Life in France (2006)
By Julia Child
What better way to learn about the remarkable life of Julia Child than directly from the chef’s mouth? This memoir paints a beautiful and very personal picture of her incredible life, detailing her intense romances with both her husband and the country of France. Her personal reflections on her struggles, breakthroughs and triumphs are a fascinating read, and her wit, honesty and humility are a refreshing and inspiring voice. This one is definitely a must read for any Child fan.