Julia Child was born hungry, but she was not born a chef. In fact, Julia didn’t discover her passion for cooking until she had a life-changing luncheon in France and became determined to share her newfound love of food with everyone.

In Paris, Julia devoured recipe books, shopped in outdoor markets, consumed all kinds of foods, and whipped through culinary school. And although she wasn’t always successful in the kitchen, she was determined to “master the art” of French cooking. Through perseverance and grit, Julia became a chef who shared her passion with the world, making cooking fun, and turning every meal into a special event.

Alex Prud’homme’s firsthand knowledge paired with Sarah Green’s vibrant and energetic illustrations showcases Julia’s life and celebrates her enduring legacy.


Born Hungry" is a vivid portrait of Julia in all her glory. Unpretentious, fun, direct, and honest, it describes her love of cooking and teaching throughout her career, from Le Cordon Bleu, to cookbook author, to television food icon. An enjoyable read.”

—Jaques Pépin, author, artist, celebrity chef, and longtime friend and collaborator of Julia Child’s.

“Julia Child is the subject of this delightful picture book biography, told with lively text and charming illustrations….So many life lessons here, including one about following passion where it leads, make this an exemplary offering for the biography shelves.”

—School Library Journal


“… a charming, intimate biography of Julia’s discovery and realization of her culinary chops, interspersing plenty of quotations that illuminate her wit, common sense, and pedagogical skill that earned the all-American cook the moniker French Chef.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review.

“The colorful digital illustrations work in perfect tandem with the text, lavishly depicting the foods that seduced Child toward a life of cooking. By the story’s end, there is no mystery left as to what made her beloved by so many around the world. Readers will salivate over this scrumptious and inspiring picture-book biography.”

Kirkus Reviews


Alex is the grandnephew of Julia Child. His grandfather is the twin brother of Paul Child, Julia’s husband. Growing up, Alex and his sisters shared many meals with Julia and Paul, and loved their stories about living in France and discovering its excellent food.

A freelance author based in Brooklyn, New York, Alex has written on many subjects for magazines and newspapers, and is the author of 7 books. He is best known for co-writing Julia’s memoir, My Life in France, a #1 New York Times best seller that inspired the movie Julie & Julia.


Sarah Green was born in San Francisco, California, where she lived until recently moving to Vancouver, Canada. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated in 2014. Born Hungry is her 9nth children’s book about inspiring women. She has two cats, Goose and Kiki.