Dearie: the Remarkable Life of Julia Child  begins with a hilarious description of the first show of the French Chef series on WGBH-TV when Julia Child prepared an omelet using her favorite pan and a hot plate. These were the days on cooking shows when ingredients were not prepared beforehand. What you saw was what was happening right at that moment. And Julia was a character with a big personality and presence. In this lengthy (Mastering the Art of French Cooking had to be separated into two volumes) and thoroughly engaging biography of the queen of the cooking show, Bob Spitz portrays Julia Child with warmth and humor and tells of her cooking in peoples' living rooms at a time when most American housewives were besotted with Cheez Whiz, Hamburger Helper and TV Dinners. With that unmistakable warble in her voice she became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule breaker who began a revolution in America's kitchens.