Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bon Appétit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland


by Jessie Hartland
48 pages
Schwartz & Wade, 2012





I love the idea of graphic nonfiction, especially biographies. They make so many subjects more accessible to children and more fun for adults. Just look at these wonderful illustrations... and who can resist Julia Child, France, and cooking? Whether you buy a copy for yourself or borrow it from the local library like I did, Bon Appétit!  is simply delightful. It made me want to reread  My Life in France, or pick up a copy of Dearie.


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39 comments:

  1. This looks adorable -- I have a niece who will be getting this for Christmas! Have you read Provence 1970, JoAnn? If not, you need to add it to your Julia Child list -- it was fantastic!

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    1. Col - Provence, 1970 looks so good!! This is the first I've heard of it, but it's on my wish list now. Thanks.

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  2. I love graphic nonfiction too -- it's so fun and beautiful. Lauren Redniss has done some amazing stuff along those lines too. She made me love Marie Curie an awful lot.

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    1. Jenny - Thanks for the recommendation! I just ordered Radioactive by Lauren Redniss through inter-library loan.

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  3. What a charming book! I love graphic non-fiction as well (I fell in love with Vivian Swift's work!). I know that if I read this book, all it would do though is make me need more Julia. My Life in France has to be one of my favorite books ever.

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    1. Sandy - I loved Le Road Trip and have been meaning to check out her other book for a while now, but keep forgetting. There is no such thing as too much Julia. Did you listen to My Life in France? Such a great audio.

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  4. I have never read graphic non-fiction (or graphic fiction for that matter) but you have intrigued me with this review.

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    1. Colleen - I didn't read any graphics before blogging, but now enjoy one or two a year. Sandy reminded me of Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift and I really liked French Milk by Lucy Knisley, too. Both are nonfiction.

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  5. LOVE it!! I will look for it the next time I am at the library. Thank you for the recommendation.

    I am also excited to read the new release, Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life - which I believe is due to be released October 1st.

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    1. Molly - Julia Child Rules is on my wish list, too. I hope my library already has a copy on order!

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  6. Love it! I have been gorging on cookbooks from the library lately - this will have to go on the list.

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    1. Carole - It's not exactly a cookbook, but it is a lot of fun!

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  7. I don't know how I missed this one, but I just requested it from the library.

    I loved My Life in France: http://www.joyweesemoll.com/2011/07/17/book-review-my-life-in-france-by-julia-child/

    Keep an eye out for Julia Child Rules by Karen Karbo. The release date is October 1. I'll have a review next week.

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    1. Joy - Thanks for the link to your review. I loved My Life in France, too, and find Julia very inspirational. Julia Child Rules is already on my wish list - if my library doesn't have a copy available right away, I may just purchase my own!

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    1. Lisa - It really is... definitely worth a closer look!

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  9. I thought that book was so charming!

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    1. Kathy - I thought it was great, too. You can never read too much about Julia :)

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  10. I love good graphic novels too. Have to get my hands on this one.

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    1. Margot - I hope there's a copy at your library. I'm sure you'd appreciate this book!

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    1. Diana - Aren't they wonderful? I love them, too.

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  12. Haha! Those illustrations are just too funny :D

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    1. Uniflame - So much fun to read, too.

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  13. Those illustrations are just gorgeous. I must see if I can find a copy of that book.

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    1. Couscous & Consciousness - Don't think you'll regret spending a little time with this book!

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  14. I just loved this book! Informative and so much fun.

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  15. I love the illustrations! Definitely want to look for this. BTW, I'd highly recommend the print or audiobook version of Laura Shapiro's short biography of Julia - I think it's just called Julia Child. Bon appetit!

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    1. Thanks, Audrey. I remember looking at that book in B&N last year and almost buying it... next time I will!

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  16. That looks so neat! I love just about anything Julia Child related, so I will have to check that out. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Danielle - Julia Child has become one of my heros :)

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  17. How fun! Love the illustrations - I think I'll look for this one the next time I make it to a bookstore.

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    1. Cecelia - Definitely take a look... this is such a cute book and very informative, too.

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  18. I adore this book! Thanks for sharing it here.

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    1. Deb Nance - I may need to own this one at some point...

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  19. What a cute book, I love it! (Off to Barnes and Noble to check it out)

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    1. Tina - It won't take long to read, but you may just want a copy of your own!

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