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.”