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A biography perfectly suited to its subject~as lively, fascinating, and singular as Julia Child herself.

Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition


The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

A Time, Washington Post, and NPR Best Book of the Year

The stunning story of how Julia Child transformed herself into the cult figure who touched off a food revolution that has gripped the country for more than fifty years. Spanning Pasadena to Paris, acclaimed author Bob Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.

A genuine rebel who took the pretensions that embellished French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for a new era of American food—not to mention blazing a new trail in television—Child redefined herself in middle age, fought for women’s rights, and forever altered how we think about what we eat.

Chronicling Julia’s struggles, her heartwarming romance with Paul, and, of course, the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her triumphant TV career, Dearie is an extraordinarily entertaining account of a truly remarkable life.

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“An inspiring tale of picking up the pieces…with a spatula. … [T]he current adoration of foodie culture practically guarantees a large, appreciative audience for this warmhearted memoir/travelogue.”

Kirkus Review

The Saucier’s Apprentice

One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe

In the blink of an eye, Bob Spitz turned fifty, finished an eight-year book project and a fourteen-year marriage, had his heart stolen and broken on the rebound, and sought salvation the only way he knew how. He fled to Europe, where he hopscotched among the finest cooking schools in pursuit of his dream.

Spitz hit the fabled cooking-school circuit in a series of idyllic European villages, and The Saucier’s Apprentice is a chronicle of his exploits. Combining an outrageous travelogue with gastronomic lore, hands-on cooking instruction, hot-tempered chefs, local personalities, and a batch of memorable recipes, Spitz’s odyssey recounts the transformation of a professional writer—and lifelong kitchen amateur—into a world-class cook.

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“Juicy, detailed, well-written, and authoritative…What makes Spitz’s book a standout is his attention to visual detail…He has a knack for description and for cliffhangers.  Every chapter of The Beatles promises more misery for the lads, more pleasure, more surprise.”

David Kirby, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Beatles

The Biography

As soon as The Beatles became famous, the spin machine began to construct a myth–one that has continued to this day. But the truth is much more interesting, much more exciting, and much more moving. In this bestselling book, Bob Spitz has written the biography for which Beatles fans have long waited.

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“Mr. Spitz, who has written books on the first Woodstock Festival and on Bob Dylan, recounts the Knicks’ great season from various points of view, collective and individual.”

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times Book Review

Shoot Out the Lights

The Amazing, Improbable, Exhilarating Saga of the 1969-70 New York Knicks

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“The great strength of this biography, apart from the massiveness of Spitz’ research, is its respect for Dylan’s talent, and an understanding of his social and musical talent.”

London Sunday Telegraph


A Biography

Drawing on over 500 interviews with Dylan’s family, friends, lovers and associates, Bob Spitz portrays Dylan in all his guises — rebel, poet, musical innovator, cultural demagogue and Christian fundamentalist and recreates the music scene of the 60’s and 70’s.

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“Mr. Spitz has written a vast, toke-by-toke account … it makes for some outta-sight reading, man.”

New York Times Book Review

Barefoot in Babylon

The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969

The story of the creation of the Woodstock music festival was more complicated than the magical, peaceful portrait visitors recieved. Woodstock was as replete with scandal, graft, and corruption as it was with fellowship and high ideals.