Many would argue that Julia Child is one of the most loveable chefs in our recent history. And for good reason: her memoir My Life in France demonstrates her passion and sheer joy for food and life. She tells her story with such an earnest narration, it’s easy to get wrapped up in her descriptions of Parisian food, or to laugh at her dinner-party follies. She offers a much needed light-heartedness to the way we look at and think about food, insisting that we embrace the notion of surrounding ourselves with the best food possible. Her determined and sincere attitude is inspiring, and will certainly teach you a thing or two beyond just how to make the perfect scrambled eggs. This makes for a great late-night read, while traveling, or even just with breakfast. I’ve come to conclude that it’s 330 pages of inspiration, perfect for any time or place.