I love Julia Child and have just finished her biography “Dearie”. At about 600 pages it includes everything from her childhood pranks to her eventful adulthood and I love it all. I thought I knew a lot about her. I own and have read all of her cookbooks, some with spines off and pages splattered. I learned to cook an omelet by reading Mastering the Art of French Cooking and shaking the imaginary skillet in my hand. This is a wonderful tribute for her hundredth birthday and I heartily recommend it. Amazing to think that she was such a late bloomer and didn’t find her passion for food and cooking until her sojourn in Paris with her husband Paul when she was almost 40. Her hard work not only in cooking but understanding the chemistry of cooking and then going on to a cookbook undertaking of heroic proportions is truly inspiring. Her travails with the publishing world and her tenacity and perseverance through it and life’s hardships is really a wonderful read. Though I read voraciously and most on my IPad these days I bought this in hardcover. It’s a keeper and will top that pile.