Legendary "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" chef Julia Child may be best known for her love of cooking, but did you know that she was also a lifelong feline fanatic?
LA Weekly reports that an upcoming book titled "Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Cats" by Patricia Barey and Therese Burson is set to offer an intimate look into her private world through letters exchanged with her husband and original interviews with those who knew her best.
"The world knows Julia Child as the charismatic woman who brought French cuisine to America and became a TV sensation, but there’s one aspect of her life that’s not so familiar," the description reads. "Soon after the Childs arrived in Paris in 1948, a French cat appeared on their doorstep, and Julia recalled, “Our domestic circle was completed.” Minette captured Julia’s heart, igniting a lifelong passion for cats equaled only by her love of food and her husband, Paul. All the cherished feline companions who shared Julia’s life—in Paris, Provence, and finally California—reminded her of that magical time in Paris when her life changed forever."
There's also an excerpt from the prologue that will have you tearing up before you even make it to the first chapter. Here, her assistant relates the touching scene that occurred the night of her passing in 2004 at the age of 91:
"A beloved dinner companion that night was a wild little black-and-white kitten named Minou, who shared Julia's home in a retirement community near Santa Barbara. Full of feline joie de vivre, Minou was the soul mate who brightened Julia's days. When she was ready for bed, the kitten curled up in his customary spot on the right side of the pillow. Minou kept watch through the night as Julia's charmed life ebbed away, where she said it all truly began, in the company of cats."
Is this the purrfect sequel to "Julie and Julia", or what? "Julia's Cats" is available now for pre-order on Amazon, and will be released on August 1st.
Via La Weekly