Journalist/biographer Spitz does celebrities well; hes responsible for the hugely best-selling The Beatles: The Biography. This book, publishing on August 15, the 100th anniversary of Julia Childs birth, has the support of Childs estate and promises to be the definitive account. The 100,000-copy first printing says it all.

Julia Child, the warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery, became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off a food revolution. In Spitz's definitive biography, Julia comes vividly--and surprisingly--to life.