Dearie: An Interview with Bob Spitz

Dearie The remarkable life of Julia Child Interview


A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview several authors in conjunction with the Miami Book Fair.  The first in the series is Bob Spitz.  Bob Spitz is a renowned biographer, working with everyone from rock stars to presidents.  His most recent book is Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child. 

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

A: I met Julia Child in 1997 in Italy and recognized she was one of the few beloved Americans without a full-scale biography about her. I thought she deserved the royal treatment.

Q: What do you hope people get from it?

A: I hope they realize what a remarkable contribution she made to our changing culture; she changed the way we ate and they way we lived.

Q: Do you have future writing plans?

A: I am currently ghost writing Graham Nash’s autobiography, and in 2013 I am going to be President Ronald Reagan’s official biographer.

Q: What would you like your audience to know about you?

A: That I look like George Clooney.

Q: What was your favorite part in writing this book?

A:  The research – I was up to my eyeballs in Julia’s archives at Harvard for over a year and her entire life was revealed to me.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?

A: The beach in Anguilla.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

A: Read, I am a voracious reader. I spent 11 years reading Trollope (not Joanne). I love mysteries.

Q: Absolute favorite food?

A: Julia Child’s beef bourguignon.

Thanks for your time, Bob!  You can pick up Dearie at Amazon,, or any other place books are sold.  Look for a full review of the Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child shortly. 


  1. krista grandstaff says

    I have to admit, when I read a biography, I'd often think about the author behind it… thanks for giving us a snippet to think about :) , especially since I'd already planned to read this…

  2. ANN*H says

    I have heard alot about Julia Childs life and I watched alot of her TV cooking shows . This would be a good book to read and learn a lot more about her. thanks for the review

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