Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

Dearie The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

Book provided for my review.

When I grew up, my parents got maybe four television channels.  There was no cable and no satellite television.  You got the major networks and a public broadcast channel and that was it. I don’t recall television playing a huge part of my parent’s life when I grew up. There were a few television shows my parents regularly watched as their favorites.  One of the shows I recall my Mom watching all the time was Julia Child’s cooking show. I remember being fascinated by this woman who was so bubbly and outgoing and absolutely nothing like any of the women I knew my Mom to spend time with. She actually made cooking look like it was fun in her show.

 Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

If you’ve always been fascinated by Julia Child, you’ll be interested in reading Dearie The Remarkable Life of Julia Child. Dearie starts out with Julia Child’s first entrance into television when she prepared an omelet on a local TV station in 1962.  French cooking was something totally new to people at that time.  Most were fascinated by Jell-O molds, the new TV dinners and frozen vegetables. Her first appearance was a hit and was the beginning of her success.  Women at that time were expected to give up their interests to stay home and care for house, home and family. Not all were as fulfilled by this and Julia Child’s creativity and passion gave those women an outlet that was lacking in their own lives.

Dearie The Remarkable Life of Julia Child will give you a look at her life and her accomplishments but it will also give you an insight into how we’ve changed as a country since 1912 when she was born.  You’ll learn about her childhood in the 1920’s and watch her life and our country progress through the Depression Era, the sixties, and into the eighties and beyond. August 15th, 2012 was the 100th year anniversary of Julia Child’s birth.  Julia Child died in 2004 at the age of 91. If you’d like to learn more about her life, Bob Spitz does an amazing job of sharing it with you in a way that keeps you turning the page for more.



  1. I loved Julia Child as well Iove to hear her talk. Her voice was definetly the most recognizeable voice on tv
  2. This book sounds fascinating! How awesome that this  woman just went after her dreams...I've only seen a clip of her in-action on her cooking show...she was hilarious! =
  3. I heard about this book yesterday on GMA and I would love to read it! I hope there's not a long waiting list at the library. Thanks for the honest review.
  4. I love Julia Child! I'm definitely going to have to read this book :)
  5. She was such a remarkable woman. I loved her spirit and spunk. I hope to be that way :-) Thx 4 sharing! (Detroit Mom)
  6. a truly amazing woman! Thanks for sharing this!
  7. I remember watching this as a kid with my grandmother. They sure do have a new way of presenting these cooking shows now, huh? I'd love to find this!!

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