Dearie Julia Child Turns 100
August 15, 2012 marks the 100th birthday of Julia Child, so memorably portrayed by Meryl Streep in the film Julie & Julia. Her iconic and legendary wit, sense of humor and oh yeah, great cooking skills are as relevant today as they were in the early 1960’s when she first started making her mark in the world. The first “celebrity chef” paved the way for PBS, The Food Network and countless other shows that now bring cooking techniques into viewers homes across the world. She made cooking cool, before it was cool. She passed away in 2004 and her legacy lives on in kitchens across the world. Child ended her last book, My Life in France, with “… thinking back on it now reminds that the pleasures of the table, and of life, are infinite – toujours bon appétit!”
This culinary icon is being remembered at PBS, home of Child’s legendary series The French Chef, who is paying tribute to her legacy.
PBS is encouraging Julia Child fans to cook their own versions of her classic dishes and share the experience through pictures and blogs at PBS.org/food, and by using the Twitter hashtag #cookforJulia.
In addition, PBS.org is offering more than 100 exclusive episodes of Child’s shows — not only The French Chef, but also Baking with Julia, In Julia’s Kitchen, Cooking with Master Chefs and more. Her recipes and quotes, as well as tributes by famous chefs, can also be found on the site.
To give you a bit of history, within one year of publication in 1961, Mastering the Art of French Cooking sold more than 100,000 copies and by 1969 had sold 600,000; an unheard of number for a cookbook in the 60s. It is now in its 47th printing.
In honor of her 100th birthday, PBS remixed some her great moments. Don’t miss this tribute to a woman who truly changed the world, and still does today.
Vanity Fair’s article on her in August 2009 summed up her life, love and culinary journeys.
An excerpt follows:
“The French Chef officially premiered on February 11, 1963, and ran through 1973 (Julia did many other television shows, and won three Emmys). As the show caught on, a whole cult of Julia stories sprang up. That dropped potato cake soon became, in the retelling, a dropped chicken, a roast, a whole salmon on the floor, which she picked up while saying (not), “Your guests will never know.” And because Julia used wine in her cooking and toasted viewers at the show’s end, people thought she was drunk on-camera, not knowing her glass of wine was really Gravy Master mixed with water. In 1978, Saturday Night Live presented a Grand Guignol spoof of The French Chef, co-written by Al Franken and starring Dan Aykroyd as Julia, who slices off her thumb while making poularde demi-désossée, bleeds copiously, and then passes out crying, “Save the liver.” The skit is still aired today and still funny, a testament to Julia’s continuing stature in the culture. (She herself loved the skit, and kept a videotape of it under the television in her kitchen.)
The full article can be found at here.
Probably one of her most famous recipes is the boeuf bourguignon. Make it this weekend in honor of Julia Child.
Let’s continue living and cooking with Julia. It’s not too late to “Master the Art of French Cooking”.
Posted on August 15, 2012
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