Thursday, May 22

Minette's Feast by Susanna Reich, Illustrated by Amy Bates

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"A house without a cat is like a life without sunshine!"

The delectable tale of renowned cook Julia Child and Minette the poussiequette. While Julia is busy pursuing her culinary ambitions, her cat Minette has far more pressing priorities, such as catching mice.

Can Julia win over even her cat with her cooking?

Reich beautifully narrates the story of Julia and her husband Paul's life in Paris, with their tortoiseshell cat, Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child. The romantic wording of the story envelops the reader in delectable language, and incorporates plenty of French terms and dishes.

Coupled with Bates soft and sketchy illustrations, the reader is transported to an appetising corner of Paris. The atmospheric nature of the illustrations and the animation and expression of the characters - particularly the lively nature of Minette - helped to bring the story to life.

I am particularly fond of books about cats, as they are such wonderful creatures, and each have their own unique personality. As someone who has had her life impacted by felines, it was wonderful to read about the adoration Julia Child had for her own cat and the added pleasure it brought her and Paul.

The book also includes a short biography of Julia Child in the back, which gives the reader some background into the life that inspired the tale, coupled with a photograph of Julia and Minette. There are also direct references and sources for the dialogue used, and a translation guide for all of the French terms. Finally, there is a lovely author's note where Reich divulges her inspiration for the book.

'Minette's Feast' is a wonderful story, which I recommend to anyone who loves cooking, Julia Child, and above all - cats.

"Ooh-la-la! Magnifique!"

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