I’m giving away a copy of this lovely book. Enter to win it for your favorite child—or for your own inner child. Details below.
Appropriately and charmingly enough, my review copy of Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat arrived on the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth.
Julia left behind her own tantalizing paper trail, with a mountain of cookbooks and the delightful memoir, My Life in France, that served as a source for Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia. (If you haven’t read My Life in France, do. It is wonderful.) And more than half a dozen authors have written books about her. There’s even a book about Julia and her cats—Julia’s Cats. But this is the first book about Julia’s first cat, Minette. And it’s for children.
Minette’s Feast is the delightfully told story of an energetic little cat that Julia and Paul adopted (or rather, she adopted them) during their time in Paris. More than that, though, it is the story of the Childs’ life in Paris—and of Julia’s transformation from someone who barely cooked into the woman who would one day change the way we think about food and cooking. Sprinkled with plenty of cat antics to entertain young readers, Minette’s Feast is an accessible introduction to Julia and the world of cooking—and to Paris, for that matter.
Award-winning author Susanna Reich did her homework. The story is peppered with Julia’s own tales of Minette in her letters and memoirs. And none of the dialogue is invented—its sources are carefully annotated in the back of the book. There’s even a glossary of the French terms that appear in the book, another teaching tool for parents—and launching pad for more adventures.
New York Times best-selling illustrator Amy Bates brings the story to life with detail-rich illustrations that feel as if they belong to the time and place of the story. They invite children, cat lovers, grown-up foodies and Francophiles alike to settle in and pore over them. It’s not surprising. The book is published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, the children’s imprint of Abrams, the first United States publisher to specialize in art and illustrated books.
If you can’t get enough of Julia (and who can?), Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat is a delightful addition to your kitchen bookshelf—and a great way to grow the next generation of Julia fans.
Win a copy of Minette’s Feast. Abrams has generously offered a copy of the book for one of my readers. To enter to win it, just leave a comment on this post. On Tuesday, September 4, I’ll select a random comment as the winner. Just one comment per person, please. Bonne chance!
Update: The contest is now closed. I’ll announce the winner next week. Thanks for entering!