Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

August 15, 2012

Julia Child would have been 100 years old today.  There is a nice tribute to her on the PBS site.

I loved Julia – both in her early TV appearances – she originated the television cooking show while revolutionizing American cooking – and in her later shows when she cooked with other master chefs.  This was reality TV in its infancy with all of the mistakes left in.  What is your favorite Julia moment?  The production line omelets?  The lobster dinner with the gargantuan lobster?

With over 300 cookbooks, I of course, have a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but I especially enjoyed My Life in France, written with Alex Prud’homme. In this book, Julia describes how she arrived in France with her husband Paul, after the war and to occupy her time, decided to enroll in the Cordon Bleu cooking school because she had no cooking skills at all at that point, nor did she speak French.  Needless to say the experience changed her life and ultimately influenced so many other peoples’ lives.  It is a warm and charming book, as was the author, herself.

So raise a glass today in a toast to this remarkable woman.

As Julia would say, “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream!” and “Bon Appetit!”

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