A 500-plus page book, by Bob Spitz. The notes to the book are so extensive that they had to be published online. They make for as interesting a read as the book does.
It's a wonderful book. If you've read "My Life in France," you know some of the story Spitz presents, but the incredible number of facts, the background information, comments from friends and colleagues, and all of the late 20th century food world gossip add to Julia's legend.
It turns out that he was Julia's choice as a biographer, but other projects - see below - interfered with the writing of this book.
I am an avid reader. 500 pages is a big book. I ripped through this in about 2 1/2 days. It's terrific.
[Spitz also wrote "The Saucier's Apprentice", an 'I'm gonna go to Europe and cook' book - highly entertaining, He's also the author of a comprehensive biography of The Beatles.]