"Like any self-respecting French cat, Minette wouldn't dream of eating food out of a can."
Luckily for Minette, she had Julia Child to cook for her. Even so, Child had to practice and improve her cooking to satisfy the discriminating taste buds of Minette. Lessons with Chef Bugnard at Le Cordon Bleu were essential. After months of study and testing, Child finally cooked a dish that was perfect for le poussiequette. "Ooh-la-la! Magnifique!"
With lovely illustrations by Amy Bates, Susanna Reich tells the story of a French cat wanting only the best and an American woman wanting to be a French chef in Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat. Of course, most children will not realize that Child was a famous author and television celebrity, but I imagine a few will be delighted years from now when they make the link. In the meantime, young readers can enjoy a sweet story about a demanding cat served by a faithful human.
Reich, Susanna. Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2012. ISBN 9781419701771.