I am so very excited about this collaboration with Julie Morstad (the illustrator of the book) and Scott Richardson (the designer.) They are both incredibly talented people and the book they’ve created is virtually edible. May a thousand chocolate éclairs rain down on their wonderful heads.
So what is this book? Julia, Child is the tale of two little girls (Julia and Simca) who are best friends, who love to cook and who decide that they really don’t want to grow up. As far as they’re concerned the adult world is a boring place full of constant rushing and endless worrying. (Why would they think that? Don’t ask me.)
One of my very favorite drawings in the book shows a parent whisking a child along a busy street. The story is a bit surreal and Julie Morstad does a perfect job of capturing its whimsy and oddness…and its joy! Yes, the good news is that it all ends well.
Another thing you should know about this book is that it is only loosely based on its subject. There are other wonderful kids books out there about Julia Child that are full of pertinent facts and useful knowledge. This is not that book. What I’ve tried to do here is forget the facts and capture something about Julia Child’s spirit. And by spirit, I mean her gusto, joyful abundance and joie de vivre. Julia’s message—that to be a happy eater is to be a happy human—seems both a timely and timeless one to me.
Finally, let me share one last thought. When I was much younger, I worked at a French patisserie in Toronto. I worked there from ages 15–18 and it was by far and remains the most enjoyable work experience I’ve ever had. It was there, under the tutelage of a very Parisian woman named Nadine, that I learned the difference between a macaron and a Madeleine. And it was there that I learned that something austere is always best accompanied by something frivolous. And, lastly, it was there that I learned that even the most modest and miniature thing (a pain au chocolat, a hazelnut dacquoise, a simple picture book) can contain layers and depth.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you like Julia, Child and find a way to share it with others.