Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child {Review & Giveaway}

Today would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday and in honor of that I wanted to share my review of a new illustrated biography, Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life Of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland.

Follow Julia Child—chef, author, and television personality—from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. This is a comprehensive and enchanting picture book biography, told in many panels and jam-packed with lively, humorous, and child-friendly details. Young chefs and Julia Child fans will exclaim, “ooooh la la,” about this book, which is as energetic and eccentric as the chef herself.

I love that this book is illustrated because I think it’s perfect for children who show an interest in cooking. The book shows them that through hard work and determination they can achieve their dreams just like Julia did. This is also a quick synopsis of Julia’s life for those {like me} who don’t know much more about her than the fact that she was a woman who had a cooking show.

This book is nicely illustrated and the colors in the photos go nicely together. I learned facts throughout the book about Julia, her cooking, and the time period that she lived in and enjoyed that they were told in story form. For instance, her first manuscript was 800 pages and just poultry and sauces. I learned this tidbit through an illustration that had a group of her editors sitting around the table talking about the book. It was much more interesting than if I was just reading her biography in words.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and found myself laughing throughout it. The book retails for $18. You can find more reviews of the book here.


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(Disclosure: I received a copy of the book to review but all thoughts are my own.)


48 thoughts on “Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child {Review & Giveaway}

  1. In my mind Julie Child is an institution that will be a long time coming before it is revisited. She was the original foodie and was a hoot, while still a lady. This woman had an incredibly inspiring life and you are so right that she sets an awesome example of being determined, setting out to accomplish your goals, not giving up when things are hard, and to can do anything. I love to cook, although do not always have the time to do what I would like. Thank you for sharing this bit of awesomeness today and for the lovely opportunity to win a copy of what sounds like a real treasure of a read.
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  2. I like to cook, but I find it harder and harder to do as I am 77 years old and don’t have the stamina I used to have.

  3. I love to cook. I just wish I had the money to buy more of the ingredients that I need when I am gourmet cooking.

  4. I love to cook but also do not like to clean up. My favorite thing to bake is bread from scratch. I think that this would be a great book for my grandson as he already loves to cook. Maybe he will become one of those Top Chefs on Bravo.

  5. I was never much of a cook in the past, but one day, my kids got me a campbell’s cookbook at a garage sale and suggested I try it (yes, they’re blunt!) but it’s been alot of fun trying out new recipes and we all love it!

  6. Big Julia fan here! I thoroughly enjoy cooking, although this week I managed to have a few meal disasters-it happens:) I find cooking to be relaxing, kind of an escape!

  7. I LOVE cooking, it is my passion and my zen. I am always learning new methods and cuisines and cant get enough of it.

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