Noel Riley Fitch is the author of Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties and Anais: The Erotic Life of Anais Nin, as well as other books chronicling the French-American artistic experience. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles and on the Left Bank in Paris. She has one grown daughter.
"Because Child allowed Fitch complete access to her papers, we get a real feel for the relentless work that went into the much-massaged Mastering."--Washington Post"Fitch's richly detailed biography of Child describes how a plainspoken woman who loved food inspired millions to pick up a whisk and make a fine French dinner from scratch."--Newsweek"Makes Julia [Child's] evolution from high-security clerk to cook to writer to star an incredible adventure."--Boston Globe"A delicious recounting of the life of the woman who has inspired confidence in generations of American cooks."--Town & Country"Entertaining and informative--represents the best of biographical writing."--Library Journal