Tidewater Review by Jodie Littleton
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz. Knofp Doubleday Publishing Group. 576 pp. $28.95.
some personality and joie de vivre. Entertainment value aside, Julia Child was the real deal. Long before a network station devoted to food was ever conceived, she cooked an omelet on a dry-as-toast public television program and in doing so spawned a career, a genre and, some may argue, an American interest in food and cooking that was sorely lacking in the early 1960s. And long
Growing up in the ’80s, I watched a lot of TV. I squirreled away in an upstairs bedroom for solo viewing of Happy Days and Three’s Company, or curled up next to my grandmother for the more risqué Dallas or Dynasty. Occasionally, though, the entire family watched a television show together. It happened so infrequently that I remember these times vividly. More often than not, the show was The French Chef. The French Chef was the great equalizer in our house. No matter what disparate task or interest was occupying us, we all gathered and cracked up as Julia Child beat the hell out of a mound of dough w ith her rolling pin or lov ingly caressed a chicken (or whacked it with a cleaver) while warbling a non-sequitur. I remember watching, rapt, as she f lambéed something or other ~ all the while assuring my young, awkward self that I, too, could make this perfectly delicious dish with some care and (I imagine) 41