I was provided with a review copy of Susanna Reich's book at no cost to me. I did not accept monetary compensation for writing about this book or about my experiences while reading the story. All opinions expressed are my own.
Now, with the publication of Minette's Feast, a children's book written by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Amy Bates, a whole new generation can be introduced to Julia's legacy through an endearing story about the chef's mouse-loving cat.
Bates' illustrations are stunning and draw you into Reich's story, crafted around quotations from source materials, including her autobiography, letters, and cookbooks. While the life Julia and Paul shared in Paris was full of food and love, they were missing something -- "Une maison sans chat, c'est la via sans soleil!"
("A house without a cat is like life without sunshine!")
As a cat-lover and a former cat-owner, I completely agree.
Julia and Paul decided to adopt a cat, and Minette became the best-fed cat in Paris, feasting both on her preferred meal of mice and birds and on the decadent leftovers from Julia's kitchen, including "chicken liver custard".
Not only did the story charm me into reading the book several times -- I'm not ashamed! -- but it also provided an opportunity to learn a few words and phrases in French. While reading about Julia's adventures in learning to master the art of French cooking, adults and children alike can learn to master some words and phrases in the French language. Fantastique!
If you haven't read Minette's Feast yet, then I highly recommend picking up a copy for your personal library or borrowing a copy from your local library. I promise... it'll be a treat!
Illustrations by Amy Bates.
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