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  • Hardcover: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702754
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Cat lover's will love this book as will fans of Julia Child.
Ansley Monaghan
I was delighted by this book as I love Julia Child's cookbooks and loved the movie about her life.
Mrs Annie Patterson
I read this book while on vacation and finished it within a week.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By steve lambros on July 24, 2012
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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!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jon Hunt on August 8, 2012
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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.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Isch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2012
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Kelly on August 6, 2012
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. A. H. on August 17, 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LOVES TO READ on August 15, 2012
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I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this book at my local bookstore. The dust jacket is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, and suddenly I saw a new Julia Child--Julia the cat lover! The authors have done a fabulous job of capturing her passion for cats through quotes, photos and fascinating true stories. Thank you so much for this invaluable addition to my Julia Child book shelf!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey G. Kaufman on September 4, 2012
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Review by my wife, Kate: I loved this book. Since the authors also work in documentaries, I would expect the research to be exemplary and it was. But what I loved most was the way the authors took the threads of the letters and interviews and wove them into something that felt so seamless. They created something that reads like an intimate and personal journal about so many aspects of Julia's life, without ever losing the unique perspective of her love affair with cats. I can't imagine how challenging that must have been. Her life was so much bigger than life and so full of so many things. I would imagine that it was a monumental task not to just go off on a tangent about Paul, or cooking or writing etc and then realize oh wait, the glue is the feline joy and come back home to that. I got done with the book and felt like I had a much better understanding of who Julia was as a person and what her life was all about. It amazes me that the authors were able to do that by exploring her love for cats. Just a fascinating concept, and it works so beautifully. I can't wait to share this book with friends who are foodies, cat lovers, and Julia lovers--one of those hits just about everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henri IV on August 11, 2012
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I've enjoyed Julia since the early 1960's, and I was pleased to learn that she was a cat lover. There is not a great deal new in this book, but the focus on her cats provides a charming slant to her charmed and delightful life. A cat in the kitchen certainly helps to lighten the tasks of the cook! This book also makes me wonder...what in the days before supermarket cat food and expensive, gourmet croquettes did we feed our cats?
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