August 15 Birthday: Julia Child. MINETTE’S FEAST.

Julia Child, chef

August 15, 1912-August 13, 2004

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich, illustrated by Amy Bates, Abrams Books for Young Readers (2012)

Told from her cat’s perspective, the Parisian cooking exploits and adventures of Julia Child, chef extraordinaire-in-training are purrfectly described. Magnifique!

Visit Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian for a peek into the world of this culinary expert.

February 4. THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIA SOYER.

Alexia Soyer, chef
Feb. 4, 1810-Aug. 5, 1858

The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer by Ann Arnold (FSG, 2002)

French chef Soyer organized a soup kitchen during the Irish potato famine and worked with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.

To read more about Soyer, visit the Victorianweb.org site.