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A Julia Child Children's Book

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Bon Appetit!

Tall, gangly Julia Child with her bird voice and oversized appetite was a character tailor-made for a children's book. At last, she has made her debut in Jessie Hartland's illustrated story of her life, "Bon Appetit!" Hartland begins with Child's youth in Pasadena and skips along to her time as a spy, as a newlywed in Paris, and through her years as a celebrity TV chef.

Hartland, who has a little Richard Scary in her style, spares no detail -- Julia's wild sister Dort makes an appearance, as does the Blue Flash (the big American car Julia and Paul shipped over to France); you meet Julia's pal Avis De Voto, and get a step-by-pickled-tongue-step explanation of how to make galantine. For my 5-year-olds, this was a 3-sitting book, but they came away knowing that if they want to hunt for truffles, they'll need a pig, and that moving from Paris to Marseilles to Oslo looks kind of exciting. They are now fully prepared for life.

Bon Appetit!

Now, your turn: we'd love to know your favorite food-centric children's books. Tell us in the comments section.

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

This book sounds great. Thanks for profiling it. Some of my favorite childhood books that have wonderful food scenes are the Francess Hodgson Burnett books, A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. My daughter has also enjoyed the more recent children's picture book, Fannie's in the Kitchen, all about the life of Fannie Farmer.


about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Some more children's books with great food scenes: All of the Little House books (especially Little House in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy); Strega Nona; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Heidi; The Boxcar Children; and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.


about 3 years ago Ileana Morales Valentine | a little saffron

This is fantastic.