Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and iconic television show "The French Chef" required a team of innovators to bring out her unique presence and personality. "Warming Up Julia Child" is behind-the-scenes look at this supporting team, revealing how the savvy of these helpers, collaborators, and supporters contributed to Julia's overwhelming success.
... ebullient ... Horowitz does justice to all six of Julia's warriors and elucidates their connections by supplying excerpts from their written correspondence, made more endearing by Julia's hopeless misspellings. Warming Up Julia Child is, like its subject, a charmer; it's hard to imagine a reader who won't leave Horowitz's book on Team Julia.
Horowitz’s liberal use of Julia’s notebooks and diaries adds telling detail to this biography. The chef’s many fans will deeply appreciate Horowitz’s intimate insights into how Julia developed a network of talented, nurturing colleagues who helped transform her into a highly revered cultural icon.
... serviceable ... Unfortunately, the workmanlike prose tends to give the narrative a textbook feel, while little to no new revelations are offered about the chef’s life. While it’s a solid recap, this covers mostly familiar material.