Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child {Review & Giveaway}

Today would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday and in honor of that I wanted to share my review of a new illustrated biography, Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life Of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland.

Follow Julia Child—chef, author, and television personality—from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. This is a comprehensive and enchanting picture book biography, told in many panels and jam-packed with lively, humorous, and child-friendly details. Young chefs and Julia Child fans will exclaim, “ooooh la la,” about this book, which is as energetic and eccentric as the chef herself.

I love that this book is illustrated because I think it’s perfect for children who show an interest in cooking. The book shows them that through hard work and determination they can achieve their dreams just like Julia did. This is also a quick synopsis of Julia’s life for those {like me} who don’t know much more about her than the fact that she was a woman who had a cooking show.

This book is nicely illustrated and the colors in the photos go nicely together. I learned facts throughout the book about Julia, her cooking, and the time period that she lived in and enjoyed that they were told in story form. For instance, her first manuscript was 800 pages and just poultry and sauces. I learned this tidbit through an illustration that had a group of her editors sitting around the table talking about the book. It was much more interesting than if I was just reading her biography in words.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and found myself laughing throughout it. The book retails for $18. You can find more reviews of the book here.


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Giveaway ends August 31, 2012 at 1:59pm Central time. US Only.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of the book to review but all thoughts are my own.)


  1. Love cooking when I’m getting to try out a new recipe!

  2. I love cooking, baking, all of it.
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  3. Cooking is not my favorite thing….I like to cook.

  4. In my mind Julie Child is an institution that will be a long time coming before it is revisited. She was the original foodie and was a hoot, while still a lady. This woman had an incredibly inspiring life and you are so right that she sets an awesome example of being determined, setting out to accomplish your goals, not giving up when things are hard, and to can do anything. I love to cook, although do not always have the time to do what I would like. Thank you for sharing this bit of awesomeness today and for the lovely opportunity to win a copy of what sounds like a real treasure of a read.
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  5. i love cooking…baking even more!

  6. Erica Best says

    i love cooking

  7. I have just learned to cook and I love it!

  8. ELIZABETH C says

    I love to cook. It’s so relaxing.

  9. i love it, i just wish i had more time

  10. Charlotte Padgett says

    I like to cook, but I find it harder and harder to do as I am 77 years old and don’t have the stamina I used to have.

  11. I love to cook! and this book would be a great prize for anyone to win!

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  12. I love to cook and this prize would be great for anyone to win!

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  13. I love to cook. I just wish I had the money to buy more of the ingredients that I need when I am gourmet cooking.

  14. I remember watching Julia Child on tv when I was a kid. thanks for the review.

  15. I love cooking when everything goes as planned! Most of the time I mess something up though :)

  16. I love to cook and bake , and learn different types of recipes.

  17. I love to cook! I especially love to bake, but not in the summer. :)
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  18. Anita Yancey says

    I love cooking, but I hate the clean up.

  19. I love to cook but also do not like to clean up. My favorite thing to bake is bread from scratch. I think that this would be a great book for my grandson as he already loves to cook. Maybe he will become one of those Top Chefs on Bravo.

  20. I am horrible at it but I keep trying

  21. I love to bake. But cooking is not my best attribute. I try my best though!!
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  22. I love eating the food I cook. I hate actually doing it though.

  23. Diane Baum says

    I love to cook and bake!

  24. I love to cook!

  25. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    I love to cook! I just hate the clean up.

  26. Jessica Rose says

    Cooking is ok, but I love love love Baking!

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  27. I really love cooking!

  28. Kathy Pease says

    I love trying new recipes for my family

  29. Kathy Pease says
  30. pauline1501 says

    I was never much of a cook in the past, but one day, my kids got me a campbell’s cookbook at a garage sale and suggested I try it (yes, they’re blunt!) but it’s been alot of fun trying out new recipes and we all love it!

  31. pauline1501 says
  32. I LOVE to cook. I find it relaxing and fun!!

  33. Ed Nemmers says

    I enjoy cooking ( and eating )!

  34. peggy rydzewski says

    Love it….let the creative side come thru

  35. shanta spradlin says

    I love to cook, took 2yrs of culinary arts.

  36. I love to cook and try new things

  37. Big Julia fan here! I thoroughly enjoy cooking, although this week I managed to have a few meal disasters-it happens:) I find cooking to be relaxing, kind of an escape!

  38. I LOVE cooking, it is my passion and my zen. I am always learning new methods and cuisines and cant get enough of it.

  39. James Coyne says

    i love food, but i don’t know how to cook

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  41. I LOVE it!

  42. I love to cook when I have time. I love it even more when hubby cooks!

  43. Veronica Garrett says

    I hate cooking.

  44. I love to cook, it relaxes me!