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Minette’s Feast:  The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat

  • Author: Pattertravelers
  • Date Posted: Apr 28, 2015
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  • Address: Saint-Clotide, France

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat written by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Amy Bates is a delightful biography of Julia Child told from the perspective of her cat, Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child.  In the story, Minette sits listening to the bells of Sainte-Clotilde  and contemplating her life in the way that only cats do.  As she tells it, Julia and her husband Paul were enjoying their life in Paris, exploring shops and little streets, and eating wonderful meals at restaurants like Les Deux Magots (which still exists).  But a house without a cat, well that just isn’t done, so Minette adopted Julia and Paul.  When she arrived, Minette was not impressed by Julia’s cooking skills, so Julia signed up for classes at Le Cordon Bleu.  Le Cordon Bleu offers a variety of short classes and workshops for children as well as adults in addition to their more formal diploma courses.  Minette appreciates the improvement in Julia’s cooking skills, but really it isn’t the same as a mouse.  Then one day, Julia prepares a new recipe which according to Minette was perhaps as good as a mouse…

This is a sweet story with wonderful illustrations that really captured Julia Child and made me want to start cooking immediately.  Watching Minette enjoy her meals and the raptures she goes into over the new dish is enough to tempt any child to try something new.  Both of my children enjoyed reading this book over and over again. They were surprised to learn you could make mayonnaise and they’ve even requested the cheese souflé!

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