Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser (Ages 12 & up)


DEAR JULIA tells the story of 16-year-old Elaine Hamilton, who spends her days trying to get through high school and her nights whipping up haute French cuisine for her congresswoman-mother, stay-at-home dad, and five rambunctious brothers.

While Elaine has always secretly dreamed of being a chef like her culinary heroine, Julia Child, Elaine's feminist mother believes a bright mind like Elaine's should be put to better use in public service than in the kitchen. With the help of her five brothers, father and determination of Elaine's new best friend, the quirky, self-confident Lucida Sans (yes, like the font), and even Lucida's moms, Elaine just might be able to make her dream a reality. All she needs is a little bit of Julia Child's signature ingredient: Fearlessness. In the spirit of Julie & Julia, DEAR JULIA is a must-read for young cooks, Julia Child fans, and any one craving little confidence and a delicious Caneton à l'Orange.

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