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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noël Riley Fitch Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781455174256
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Meet the woman behind the apron in Noël Riley Fitch’s revealing biography of America’s favorite cook: Julia Child.

A household name, Julia Child has entered the hearts of millions of Americans through their kitchens. Yet few know the richly varied private life that lies behind this icon. Fitch takes us from her exuberant youth through her years at Smith College, where Julia was at the center of every prank and party. When most of her girlfriends married, Julia volunteered with the OSS during World War II and was an integral part of the elite corps. There, she met her future husband, Paul Child, who introduced her to the glories of fine French cuisine, art, and love.

Julia invested ten years of learning and experimentation in what would become her first bestselling classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Now her career is one of legend, spanning over half a century. Hers was a truly American life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book brilliantly profiles Julia Child’s gargantuan spirit and joie de vivre. Her genius as a cooking teacher is almost an aside; it’s her sheer exuberance for living that could teach us all a few things. It’s no wonder America has long been having a mad love affair with Julia.”

    Charlie Trotter, author of Charlie Trotter's Seafood 

  • “I thoroughly enjoyed reading Appetite for Life...Our admiration and love for Julia grows stronger as we keep reading...The narration reads like a thriller, vivid and engrossing...This well-written, lively tale brings to life a complex, multifaceted personality, endearing, and, at times, heroic.”

    Jacques Pepin

  • “Fitch’s richly detailed biography of Child describes how a plainspoken woman who loved food inspired millions to pick up a whisk and make a fine French dinner from scratch.”

    Newsweek

  • “Makes Julia [Child’s] evolution from high-security clerk to cook to writer to star an incredible adventure.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[Wanda McCaddon’s] lively reading brings the world of Julia Child—“the French Chef”—to life...Her zest for her subject, as well as her subject's engaging life, keeps the listener engrossed and satisfied as she artfully mimics Julia's high, shrill voice and maintains an even pace throughout.”

    AudioFile

  • “No one person in the US improved the nation’s standard of eating more than Julia Child…[Fitch makes] both Childs’ personalities come alive, from Paul’s meticulousness to Julia’s exuberant, even bawdy, gusto.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 2/19/2014

    " Julia is one of my all-time favorite people, but this book was horrible. Some great details, thank heavens, thus not a total loss. I don't know who is really to blame, the editor or the author, but someone should have been paying better attention. What a squandered opportunity! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 2/16/2014

    " I loved learning about her life. I think this author is a little boring in his style of writing, but her life is amazing, regardless of his style of writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/11/2014

    " I really do love what Julia Child represents. She was a lusty woman who loved great food, being surrounded by friends and teaching others to experience the joys of life. She was a fascinating woman who seemed to be generous with her time and her celebrity and wasn't afraid to share credit where it was due. Reading this book mad me appreciate the pioneer she was and made me wish I cooked more French food! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/31/2014

    " If Julia Child can go to culinary school at the age of 40, so can I "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/20/2014

    " I listened to this on audio--it had to be over 24 hours--so it was pretty long. I didn't realize that it was written back in 1997, while Julia was still alive. It is very detailed, and if you are a true Julia Child fan, then you will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/3/2014

    " I've watched her for years on PBS and gleaned very little about her life beyond television. This is a daunting, detailed look at her food, life and loves (Paul, family and food). Her energy and gusto permeate the pages. Glimpses of Paul and Charlie's relationship and their letters had me giggling. Reading about Julia's travels and tricoastal adventures are inspiring. She and Paul's devotion and friendship made my heart leap. Julia's time was well spent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 1/1/2014

    " Is it possible to know too much about Julia? I am beginning to think so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 12/25/2013

    " i enjoyed this book because i learned more about julia child, a most admirable woman. speaking about it to a fellow book group member, she mentioned how the author listed so many people in the text. one term that the author used at least twice was "close proximity." hey, ms fitch--proximity means closeness, so you are saying close closeness. a reader could flounder in names, and i'm not going to read any other noel riley fitch biographies if i can help it. a somewhat breezier approach would have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 12/17/2013

    " Not high literature, but fun as summer trash-reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 11/28/2013

    " Loved it! Painted such a vivid picture of Julia that I feel like I really got to know her as a person while I was reading it. Highly recommended for anyone who is passionate about cooking, life and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/24/2013

    " I just love Julia. She found her passion in life at the ripe old age of 35. Imagine a tall, "handsome" woman with a warbly voice getting her own cooking show now. She rocks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blanca | 4/11/2013

    " Loved it. Beautiful story showing that love blooms even for late bloomers like Julia Childs and is generous in sharing the letters that lay the foundation of a friendship that became a life-long love. My Life in France is an excellent companion piece to this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/5/2012

    " Some of the later chapters were a horrendous drag, but the earlier parts were so engaging that they carried the day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherop | 5/16/2012

    " I am currently on page 49. I am learning new things about Julia Child but the book seems a bit tedious and I still have hundreds of pages to go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 3/23/2012

    " Why a list of ingredients does not suffice as a meal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/6/2012

    " Julia Child has been my mentor in the kitchen since 1968 when James & I received her TV Series Cookbook as a wedding gift. I don't think the giver realized the impact that gift would have on me...it was the beginning of my education in the kitchen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cookingt | 10/24/2011

    " Not the best book, but because it was about Julia I couldn't put it down. I loved her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 9/10/2011

    " I loved this book. I learned so much about the life of Julia Child that I did not know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luz-Maria | 7/26/2011

    " lovely review of Julia's life....hope it was all true though...but in any case..i like the picture he painted of her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 7/23/2011

    " Who knew she worked for the early version of the CIA? Interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/7/2011

    " For 500 pages I lived in Julia's World, and I loved it... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 4/2/2011

    " If you want to read an encyclopedic account of Julie Child's life..this is the book for you. One fact after another with little or no "fun". I would not recommend this for an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blanca | 1/15/2011

    " Loved it. Beautiful story showing that love blooms even for late bloomers like Julia Childs and is generous in sharing the letters that lay the foundation of a friendship that became a life-long love. My Life in France is an excellent companion piece to this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 12/31/2010

    " Terribly written (with weird syntax and phrases such as "caramelized with fatigue"), but great stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/25/2010

    " It was good but way too long and detailed. I skipped over certain parts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 6/22/2010

    "
    Julia is one of my all-time favorite people, but this book was horrible. Some great details, thank heavens, thus not a total loss. I don't know who is really to blame, the editor or the author, but someone should have been paying better attention. What a squandered opportunity! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/19/2010

    " I was captivated by Noel Fitch's biography of Julia Child. The WWII years were fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette (hooked on the nook) | 6/14/2010

    " I love anything that has to do with Julia Child. What a fascinating woman with a lot still to teach those of us that aspire everyday to be better than we already are. To live life with our convictions and to believe in ourselves is the chi of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/21/2010

    " OK, Julia's an interesting person - but not 500 pages worth. I confess to reading the beginning, the end, and selected chapters in between. Enjoyable but too much detail for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeAnna | 4/3/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book at about a 3 star level. I liked learning about Julia Child, but it was a little TMI and at times a little dry. Maybe I just don't like this style of biography... Child is a really cool woman and this was a really great detailed account of her life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 3/31/2010

    " Not as well written as it could be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 3/8/2010

    " I had this book through inter-library loan and had to return before finishing it. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed with the writing. The stories from Julia Child's life were interesting. I'm looking forward to Julia's own "My life in France". "

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About the Author
Author Noël Riley Fitch

Noël Riley Fitch is the author of Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties and Anaïs: The Erotic Life of Anaïs Nin, as well as other books chronicling the French-American artistic experience. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles and on the Left Bank in Paris. She has one grown daughter.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.