Lopaus Point, Maine, 1951

Lopaus Point, Maine, 1951

When Julia Child first visited the Child family cabin in Lopaus Point, Maine, her cooking skills were non-existent. She began gradually with KP duties like peeling potatoes and chopping onions. A self-professed “social butterfly,” Julia took flight in that rustic kitchen until she and her sister-in-law Freddie began churning out delicious banquets.

The New York Times, August 26, 2012

Inside the List

“Spitz has previously written about the Beatles and Bob Dylan, and he evinces the music fan’s pleasure in arcana and turning up picayune personal quirks and peccadilloes…


The book contains a bald disclaimer: “If I have to admit to one prejudice confronting this book it is that I had a powerful crush on her,” Spitz writes. “Sorry. Deal with it.” (He fell for the then 80-year-old Child in 1992, while on a magazine assignment in Italy.) He’s not alone. “Dearie” describes just how profoundly Child changed the culinary landscape, but her public persona made her beloved. With her odd diction, her comforting and comical presence, she resembled nothing so much as a “jolly, highly cultured Muppet,” [Devra] First writes.”

The McWilliams sisters in Paris, 1950


At 6’3”, Julia Child was the shortest of her siblings. Her sister Dort was 6’6” and her brother John was 6’5”. What did Julia think about her height? In the new biography, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, available on August 8th, she bemoans the hardships of her gargantuan size and debilitating physical obstacles that eventually led to her death.