Julia Child was an inspirational television personality and cookbook author that is admired by many for her lively spirit and ever present class. She has inspired books, movies, and blogs and now has inspired this children’s picture book, Minette’s Feast. Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat was written by author Susanna Reich and illustrated by Amy Bates. The author and illustrator collaborated to bring together a beautiful and sweet introduction to the life of Julia Child for children.
The book begins with the love story of Julia and her husband Paul in Paris, where they had a small but happy home. But as Julia declares, “Une maison sans chat c'est la vie sans soleil.” (A house without a cat, is like life without sunshine.) When a cat finds a home with the couple, Julia treats the cat to special dinners, but the cat seems unimpressed. In fact the cat would prefer a tasty mouse or bird instead of gourmet entrees. It’s not until the cat feasts upon a 3 day marinated roast that, Oh la la, Magnifique! The cat is won over by Julia’s delicious cooking.
The story brings to life Julia’s spirit and love for cooking. Following the story is an afterword including a biography of Julia Child and a note from the author. Author Reich explains that the dialogue in the book was not invented but taken directly from Julia’s own writings giving this book a unique authenticity. Illustrations from Bates add to the lovely story with simple pencil drawings of the Paris that Julia loved and the Julia that we all loved. Food lovers, cat lovers, and those who love a good story all will take something from this delicious book. Highly recommended for ages 5 and up.