Minette’s Feast

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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

This is a story about Minette, Julia Child’s first cat in Paris. From another book we read (Julia’s Cats, you can read Jack’s review Here) I learned that every French kitchen had a resident cat in the 1940s-50s due to uninvited guests (mice). Julia adopted a beautiful tortoiseshell and named her Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child. Mrs. Child loved cats and doted upon Minette but after a few years in Paris, her husband, Paul, was reassigned and they could not (would not?) take Minette with them. Minette ended up with a good home in the kitchen of a charcuterie. But that is not the story here.

The book is supposed to be about Minette but it is mostly about Julia Child. Perhaps because the author was attempting write about a real cat in history and the life of Minette before she came to be in Julia’s home is pretty much unknown. That isn’t to say the book isn’t beautiful and well-written, it is. But I didn’t want to know so much about Julia Child as I did about the cat. Mostly, the thing we learn about Minette is that she loved to eat mice.

But if you love cats, especially tortoiseshell cats, and you love cooking or are want to cook, this book just might spark your imagination. And, it’s a book about a cat, so it can’t be all that bad!!

Rating: 3 paws out of 5

feb 26 05ab

Reviewer: Simon

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One thought on “Minette’s Feast

  1. My human read this book a few years back and thought it was sweet. She is a big fan of all things French so she didn’t mind it not having so much about Minette!

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