Julia Child would have celebrated her 100 year old birthday today. PBS did their remix – a remix they have done for Mr Rogers and Bob Ross before her.
I became more interested in Julia Child as I read Julie and Julia – a book about one woman’s attempt to cook every recipe out of Julia’s tome – Mastering the Art of French Cooking – in one year. The book is awesome. The movie is sweet, but not nearly as funny as the book. Plus, the real Julie says the word Fuck as much as I do. But I digress….
Julia served in the government where her records were classified until a few years ago. Many speculated she had served as a spy – not just a secretary – while living in Asia. One thing we do know is that she met and married her husband while there.
Julia fell in love with France – she loved the food. She learned to cook – then was determined to make it easy for others to learn. Her book – Mastering the Art of French Cooking was her child – one she nurtured and grew until it took off. Her book, her show, her teachings – they all made her exciting to watch.
So, raise a stick of butter in her honor today. Or a glass of good wine. For not only she is a famous culinary figure – but an amazing woman whose determination continues to inspire.