Book Review: Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child

Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

Adult Non-Fiction 641.5092 Child-S

I have always been a fan of Julia Child. I remember rushing home from school to watch The Galloping Gourmet and Julia and Jacques with my Uncle. We laughed and marveled through the show but, I must confess, I never tried a recipe. I read Julie and Julia by Julie Powell [Adult Non-Fiction 641.5092 Pow] and enjoyed the movie with Meryl Streep [DVD FIC Jul]. So it didn’t take much to persuade me to read Dearie.

The author, Bob Spitz, is obviously also a fan. He  has written a hefty 500+ page book detailing the extraordinary life of Julia Child. Her determination to make French cooking accessible to North American cooks and her insistence on accurate measurements and complete instructions revolutionized cookbook writing. Julia Child had a quirky personality that engaged the TV audience and encouraged them to try her new way of cooking.

Julia Child was well-loved by the American public and Spitz describes this fully. It appears that Julia became a bit of a curmudgeon at the end of her life but  she remained feisty, determined, opinionated and a remarkable advocate both for French cooking and accessible cooking for everyone.

I know that my next move will be to take home one of her cookbooks (the library has several) and maybe try one of the recipes – how about Crème Brule?

~ Liz Fenwick

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Young Adult Classics

Photo of colourful old book spinesAnnouncing a brand new collection, especially for high school students. YA Classics are major works of literature, perfect for Independent Studies. Award winners, timeless classics, important novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction, from Canada and around the world.  These are the books your English teachers want you to read and report on. All in one place – in the Teen District.

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New Adult French Collection

Image of door with oui written on it by Môsieur J., from flickrWe are pleased to announce the launch of our new collection of adult fiction and non-fiction books in French. We have gathered together the Adult French Collection of books and magazines on the second floor, next to the south wall of the Computer Lab.

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