Apetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child by Noel Riley Fitch is a 569-page softcover published by Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, 1999. The book appears to be in unread condition; however the glue binding along the spine of the front and back cover is dry. The inside pages are solidly attached. There is also a date written in ink on the front page. As ominous as this all sounds, this book is still in good condition.
Julia Child became a household name when she entered the lives of millions of Americans through our hearts and kitchens. Yet few have known the richly varied private life behind this icon, whose statuesque height and warmly enthused warble have become synonymous with the art of cooking. In this biography we meet the earthy and outrageous Julia. Fitch, who had access to all of Julia's private letters and diaries, takes us through her life, from her exuberant youth as a high-spirited California girl to her years at Smith College, where she was at the center of every prank and party. When most of her girlfriends married, Julia volunteered with the OSS in India and China during World War II, and was an integral part of this elite corps. There she met her future husband, the cosmopolitan Paul Child, who introduced her to the glories of art, fine French cuisine, and love. Theirs was a deeply passionate romance and modern marriage of equals.
Julia began her modern culinary training only at the age of thirty-seven at the Cordon Bleu. Later she roamed the food markets of Marseilles, Bonn, and Oslo. She invested ten years of learning and experimentation in what would become her first best-selling classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Generations love the humor and trademark aplomb that have made Julia a household name. Resisting fads and narrow, fanatical conventions of health-consciousness, Julia was the quintessential teacher. The perfect gift for food lovers and a romantic biography of a woman modern before her time, this is the story of a truly American life.