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What We’re Reading: Julia’s Cats

Since the first edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking appeared on bookstore shelves in the 1970s, Julia Child has been recognized as the preeminent figure responsible for bringing French cuisine to the American tabletop. Though she passed away in 2004, Child’s legacy is secure as a master of French cooking and one of history’s most passionate chefs. In Julia’s Cats: Julia Child’s Life in the Company of Cats, authors Patricia Barey and Therese Burson explore Child’s other passion: Her love of cats.

In 1948, Julia Child arrived in Paris—she was 36 years old, newly married, and soon to begin the cooking journey that would define her life and make her into an American icon. One day, she opened her front door and found an adorable stray kitten, who she named “Minette.” From that day forward, Minette, and the cats that were to follow, formed an integral part of Child’s life.

Julia’s Cats is a riveting story, full of intimate details and brought to life with photographs and correspondence between Child and her husband, Paul. Barey and Burson did a wonderful job conveying just how deep Child’s love and respect for cats was, and we really enjoyed discovering a new side to one of our favorite chefs. Whether you’re already a fan of Child’s, or you’re just now getting interested in her story, check out Julia’s Cats. You’ll love this beautiful story.


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