Julia Child and the Chef Memoir

Julia Child is a legend. She’s inspired home cooks to try dishes they never thought they would be able to make on their own. On August 15, she would have turned 105. In honor of her, why not listen to one of these Julia Child memoirs and biographies?

My Life in France
Author: Julia Child
Read By: Kimberly Farr

Here in her own words is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found her true calling.
Listen to an excerpt MY LIFE IN FRANCE

The French Chef in America

Child’s great-nephew tells the enchanting story of her years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author, in this sequel in spirit to My Life in France.
Listen to an excerpt THE FRENCH CHEF IN AMERICA

Author: Bob Spitz
Read By: Kimberly Farr

An in-depth, intimate narrative biography full of fresh information and insights, Dearie is an entertaining, all-out adventure story of Julia Child by bestselling author Bob Spitz.
Listen to an excerpt DEARIE


Hungry for more chef books? Try listening to one of these memoirs:

32 Yolks

The winner of four James Beard Awards, co-owner and chef of a world-renowned restaurant, and recipient of countless Michelin stars, Eric Ripert embodies elegance and culinary perfection. This affecting coming-of-age memoir is the story of how a great chef began as a lonely little boy.
Listen to an excerpt 32 YOLKS

Yes, Chef

Marcus Samuelsson recounts his personal journey to becoming a celebrated chef. Adopted from Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, Samuelsson shares his experiences with family and food.
Listen to an excerpt YES CHEF

Blood, Bones & Butter

Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Gabrielle Hamilton has inhabited: the rural kitchen of her childhood; the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey; the soulless catering factories that helped pay the rent; her own kitchen at Prune; and the Italian kitchen of her mother-in-law.
Listen to an excerpt BLOOD BONES & BUTTER

Kitchen Confidential

Anthony Bourdain gives us a deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet that lays out his twenty-five years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.
Listen to an excerpt KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

Comfort Me with Apples
Author: Ruth Reichl
Read By: Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl recounts her transformation from chef to food writer, a process that led her through restaurants from Bangkok to Paris to Los Angeles and brought lessons in life, love, and food.
Listen to an excerpt COMFORT ME WITH APPLES