Jodi's Reviews > Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

Appetite for Life by Noël Riley Fitch
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Aug 10, 08

bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended for: People who have trouble sleeping
Read in August, 2008

Man, did this book blow. How can you take a life like Julia Child's - worked in the early version of the CIA during WWII, started a new career as a chef at 39 and became a famous food author and presenter - and make it totally boring? I'm not sure how you manage to make Julia Child's life boring - but this author did it. Geez! I really couldn't finish this book and I would recommend ANY OTHER biography of Julia Child over this one. I think the author got bogged down in endless details of Julia Child's life (I really don't need to know what Julia and her friends enjoyed doing at age 8 OR every single club Julia joined while in elementary school!). The author also seems to be fascinated by people in the society pages and lists every single person of any "note" that Julia and Paul Child ran into during the course of their lives - whether they had any kind of lasting involvement with the Childs or not. Julia Child is an amazing woman - but this book is total crap.
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