Julia Child, A Life…Review and Giveaway

A month ago, I was asked to review the new Julia Child, A Life by Laura Shapiro from Penguin Lives. Penguin Lives is an” innovative series of biographies pairing celebrated writers with famous individuals who have shaped our thinking.” Laura Shapiro is a celebrated food writer who has done justice with this beautiful concise book on the life of Julia Child. Click here to read her take on the current film Julia and Julia for Gourmet. Penguin Lives timing of the release of this book naturally coincides with the release of the film. There are a few great books on the legendary Julia Child. Besides this, I have read Appetite for Life by Noel Fitch Riley, which Shapiro credits as a reference in her research. For those that want the gist and essence of what Julia is about, this book is for you. A perfect primer if the subject is new to you ands you want delve further.
Reading this book, I fell in love with Mrs. Child all over again. I find my inspiration in that she was late starter like myself, and had the support of a nurturing and supportive partner to cultivate her talent and mission in Paul Child. We share the same philosophy in that “People who love to eat are the best people’… for Julia loving food and loving life were the same”.
With all the hype surrounding the movie Julia and Julia, I suggest you read this gem of book to see who Julia Child was and what shaped and drove her to her success. A lot can be learned from her energetic attitude towards life love, and food.
I am giving away a copy of Julia Child, A Life. Just leave a comment reflecting on Julia child and I will draw one winner by Saturday September 19th. If you promote the giveaway on Twitter @glamah or Facebook with a link to this post, leave another comment to double your chances for winning. Bonne Chance and Bon Appetit!