My Life in France - Yes I'm a little obsessed with all things related to food but this memoir, regardless of whether you admire Julia Child, was a great read. Besides being an accomplished chef and cooking show pioneer...she was also a government agent in a post-WWII era. For real. Bet you didn't know THAT.
Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child By Noel Riley Fitch. Awesome story to introduce children into cooking through this story based off of a real chef and the beginning of the culinary arts.