Warming Up Julia Child: The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend

Helen Horowitz

Pegasus , 2022

Agent: Jill Marr

Julia Child's monumental Mastering the Art of French Cooking and iconic television show The French Chef required a team of innovators to bring out her unique presence and personality. Warming Up Julia Child is behind-the-scenes look at this supporting team, revealing how the savvy of these helpers, collaborators, and supporters contributed to Julia's overwhelming success. 

Julia is the central subject, but Helen Horowitz has her share the stage with those who aided her work. She reveals that the most important element in Julia Child’s ultimate success was her unusual capacity for forming fruitful alliances, whether it was Paul Child, Simone Beck, Avis DeVoto, Judith Jones and William Koshland (at Knopf), and Ruth Lockwood (at WGBH). Without the contribution of these six collaborators Julia could never have accomplished what she did.   

Filled with vivid correspondance, fascinating characters, and the iconic joie de vivre that makes us come back to Julia again and again, Warming Up Julia Child is essential reading for anyone who adores Julia and her legacy.


"Horowitz’s (A Taste for Provence, 2016) liberal use of Julia’s notebooks and diaries adds telling detail to this biography. The chef's many fans will deeply appreciate Horowitz’s intimate insights into how Julia developed a network of talented, nurturing colleagues who helped transform her into a highly revered cultural icon." -- Booklist, starred review