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Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Cats [Hardcover]

Patricia Barey , Therese Burson
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Aug. 1 2012
The world knows Julia Child as the charismatic woman who brought French cuisine to America and became a TV sensation, but there’s one aspect of her life that’s not so familiar. Soon after the Childs arrived in Paris in 1948, a French cat appeared on their doorstep, and Julia recalled, “Our domestic circle was completed.” Minette captured Julia’s heart, igniting a lifelong passion for cats equaled only by her love of food and her husband, Paul. All the cherished feline companions who shared Julia’s life—in Paris, Provence, and finally California—reminded her of that magical time in Paris when her life changed forever.
From Julia’s and Paul’s letters and original interviews with those who knew her best, Patricia Barey and Therese Burson have gathered fresh stories and images that offer a delightfully intimate view of a beloved icon.

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“A cat-centric biography of Julia Child? Why not? The back book jacket quotes Child herself as saying, ‘Really, the more I cook, the more I like to cook. To think that it has taken me 40 yrs. to find my true creative hobby and passion (cat and husb. excepted).’ This book ably braids these three strands of Child’s life. The many feline fanciers out there will surely enjoy the photographs of the cats, many taken by her husband, Paul Child.” —Chicago Tribune

“It's clear that all the cats that passed through her life gave her joy and comfort, probably in ways that food and even Paul could not. Having that perspective of this grande dame makes her seem all the more human and wonderfully admirable to me.” —Epicurious
“This compact, entertaining read is filled with personal photos and letters that document the role cats played in Julia's life as she moved from Paris to Provence, Cambridge to California.” —Shelf Awareness


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Patricia Barey and Therese Burson own a media produc­tion company and have written, produced, and directed award-winning programs on a range of subjects. Barey’s program on Chicago as a food mecca won an Emmy. Burson, who holds a PhD in English, has taught creative writing to undergraduates and adults.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A total joy and surprise May 1 2014
By Jacque
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This just makes you fall in love with Julia all over again. Such a kind wonderful woman combined with my other kindred spirits, cats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGHLY DELIGHTFUL! July 24 2012
By steve lambros - Published on Amazon.com
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This treasure is every bit as charming, playful and witty as Julia herself. I read it in one delightful sitting. The book is thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, and is studded with photos of Julia's beloved kitties. It's obvious the authors had great fun researching and writing this sweet book -- there are many whimsical grace notes throughout. I plan to give this as a gift for the cat lovers and Julia-philes in my life. I highly recommend it!
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minou, Minette, meow! Aug. 8 2012
By Jon Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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On the eve of the hundredth anniversary of Julia Child's birth, I read this delightful reminiscence of Julia's life with her cats. While many recent books have chronicled her life with Paul through France and elsewhere, this short volume focuses on her adorable "poussiequettes".

Julia and Paul seemed to have had as many cats as cats have lives and the book is complementary to her life in the kitchen with each cat assuming a knowledge of how to win her affection...or how to get around the rules. There are many accompanying photos of their different cats but two back-to-back ones at the end are really a testament to her love. The first shows Julia, a week before her death, with Minou on her lap. The flip side pictures her with Minette in Paris, more then fifty years before.

Authors Patricia Barey and Therese Burson have compiled a warm, loving book about the relationship between human and feline. It's a wonderful summer read...or for that matter...at any time of the year.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good choice for a book for a cook with cats? Well, maybe...3.5 stars Oct. 18 2012
By Sharon Isch - Published on Amazon.com
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This small book explores the life of Julia Child, from her days as a 36-year-old newlywed in postwar Paris until her death in California, two days before her 92nd birthday in 2004. It runs a mere 149 pages, with lots of black and white photos and a focus that's way more on Julia--her happy marriage to Paul and how she went from learning French cooking to teaching French cooking, to writing French cooking cookbooks, to becoming America's French Chef--than it is on her "poussiequettes." Yes, there were many of them over the years--but that was in large measure because every time "JuPaul," as they were known, pulled up stakes and moved, which was often, their "poussiequette(s)" got left behind and replaced with new ones.

Although the telling sometimes became a tad too twee for me, I enjoyed reading about Julia Child's life. I probably would have enjoyed it more had "JuPaul" packed up the cats along with the cookbooks when they moved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cat lovers plus Aug. 6 2012
By Nancy A. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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A delightful book for Julia Child fans and cat lovers everywhere. This book gives you some insight as to where Julia and Paul lived, there love affair with France, cats, food, friends, relatives and life. It makes one want to read more about her life in depth. I know I'm eager to find out more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a treasure! Aug. 17 2012
By P. A. H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Full of surprising stories about Julia's love of poussiequettes, and charming photos that make you feel as though you're paging through her own scrapbook. Lots of quotes from Julia's letters -- I could almost hear her warbly voice. I've read other biographies, but this one best captures Julia's zest for life. It's beautifully written, funny and very touching, and will make a great gift for all my friends -- Julia lovers, food lovers, Paris lovers, and most of all, cat lovers.
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