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Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Monday, May 23, 2022

Born Hungry by Alex Prud’homme

                                                                                                                                                   Born Hungry:  Julia Child Becomes “the French Chef”.

Written by Alex Prud’homme; Illustrated by Sarah Green.  
Calkins Creek. An imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers. 2022

This picture book biography of famous chef, Julia Child, is written by her grandnephew. His grandfather was the twin brother of Julia’s husband, Paul Child. 

The book offers an uplifting tone with the message that practice is how we master any skill.  “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” 

The book follows the six feet, two inches tall Julia McWilliams as she was born hungry for adventures. During World War Two, she does have many adventures, but it was after meeting Paul Child that her interest in cooking incredibly yummy foods began.

The books colorful illustrations, done digitally by Green, are delicious and historically accurate. Included is an author’s note, an extensive bibliography of books, tv shows, podcasts, websites and more on Julia Child. The book even includes a bonus recipe for Oeufs Brouillés (Scrambled Eggs)!

Today, more Americans than ever consider themselves “foodies,” and Julia Child is one of the major reasons why. She was a revolutionary who taught America to cook with a smile.”

WARNING: Don’t read this book on an empty stomach.

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