This month marks what would have been the 100th birthday (8/15) of iconic french chef and television pioneer JULIA CHILD. A former advertising copywriter who joined the Navy during World War II, CHILD spent much of her time in the military as a top-secret researcher for the OSS. After the war she married and moved to Paris where she developed an interest in cooking that soon developed into a passion. In 1951 she began teaching women to cook and in 1961 she published her landmark cookbook MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING to massive popular acclaim. After that, she debuted her television show THE FRENCH CHEF in 1963 and, over the decades countless variations and spin-offs were developed.
Her ability to connect with audiences as well as her sly sense of humor made JULIA a TV fave. During a press conference several years ago, she addressed critics of her penchant for rich foods and high fat ingredients while also taking on a popular diet fad. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
JULIA CHILD 1912 - 2004
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