Dearie: An Interview with Bob Spitz

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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. 

About Greta Brinkley

Greta is a newly minted 30 year old, originally from the West Coast. Now living in the Midwest, she loves hockey, sparkles, nail polish, and bright colors. She also cannot resist anything that has peanut butter and chocolate together. And she hates filling out bios. Yep.


  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. 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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