When someone mentions Julia Child’s name, I’m more likely to think of Boeuf Bourguignon or Lobster Thermidor than I am Torties, Tonkinese or Tabbies. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Julia was a bona-fide member of the Crazy Cat Lady Club!
It turns out Julia’s passion for French cuisine was equaled
only by her love of cats. “A house
without a cat,” Julia is quoted as saying, “is like life without sunshine.” Now
that’s our kinda gal.
Julia’s Cats is a charming weekend read. It
begins when Julia first steps foot on French soil and catalogues her life by
the many “pouissequettes” (Julia’s franglicizing of the English word) that she
You’re introduced to a post-war Paris where in the winter
one might or might not have heat or refrigeration, but the mice were plentiful.
Enter Minette, a discriminating tortie
who was recruited for mouse patrol but ended up as a beloved fur-child.
Minette religiously policed the kitchen floor for fallen morsels,
held court over Julia’s very first students in the Childs’ kitchen, and proudly
paraded through the apartment with her prized toy – a worn Brussels sprout tied
to a string.
In very short order, she had captivated the hearts of
“JuPaul” (as Julia and Paul called themselves). Minette became their entre´
into the world of French felines. Wherever they went, Julia sought out a French
cat to greet while Paul found them to be his new favorite subject to
“A cat – any cat – “ Paul once said, “is necessary to
Little gems are buried in this book, such as the origin of
the word restaurant (no spoilers here, sorry :-) and a peek inside the inner
workings of the world famous Cordon Bleu.
But every bit of this is couched within the framework of the
felines who purred, pounced and playfully wound their way into the Childs’
hearts and home.
We highly recommend this book. It’s a must-read for anyone
who loves both cats and cuisine.
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Child: born August 15, 1912. She would have been 100 yesterday.
Disclaimer: We were given a copy of Julia's Cats to review, but all opinions are our own.