It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Julia Child. She was a warm, effusive, inspirational food coach, and just as delightful in person as on TV.
Did you know Julia was a big cat lover? I remember watching an old episode of The French Chef when she talked people “who are lucky enough to have a pussy cat” can give them the fish trimmings.
When I visited her house in Cambridge during the Baking with Julia days, I spotted her cat-shaped cutting board in the kitchen, and a picture of cats in grass over the mantel in the living room, painted by Paul Child, a talented amateur artist along with many other qualities.
And now cat lovers and Julia fans have an entertaining picture book to gobble up.
I was thrilled when noted children’s book author Susanna Reich contacted me about her latest, Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat.
This charming story tells about Julia and Paul during their time in Paris, when they adopted a little stray cat and named her Minette.
The whimsical illustrations made me want to jump right into the book, something like that scene in Mary Poppins when Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and the children hop into the sidewalk pictures and spend a delightful afternoon.
Comment to win your copy
The good people at Abrams, Susanna’s publisher, sent me a copy, and they’re offering another to give to a lucky Rustic Kitchen reader and Julia Child fan.
Simply leave a comment between now and July 31. Tell me what you loved about Julia Child.
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