Celebrate Julia Child Birthday
We are big fans of good food, which means we are big fans of Julia Child. Birthday celebrations aren’t the same without remembering what she brings to the legacy of cooking in America.
Julia Child was an author, television chef, and the pioneer of French cuisine in America. Her debut cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” with its helpful illustrations and detailed instructions, made fine French cuisine accessible to every chef in every household.
In an interview with the New York Times, Julia Child recalled her first fine meal in France, a meal of oysters, sole meuniere, and fine wine, as a culinary revelation and an “opening up of the soul and spirit for me.” She was inspired to take classes at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and studied with Max Bugnard and a number of master chefs. Years later, she opened up an informal cooking school in her little Paris apartment with two other friends and tried to translate and refine the recipes to appeal to American tastes. By the time Julia Child and her husband eventually moved back to the United States, she already had accomplished most of the research involved in making her bestselling recipes as delicious and practical as possible.
Julia Child revolutionized the way America thought about food. She was the original “food network” star before the trend of TV chefs even existed. Her signature closing phrase, “Bon Apetit,” was a reminder to everyone that life is delicious, and that Julia Child wanted people to approach it with gusto.
To celebrate Julia Child birthday, Collaborate on her Everlasting Footprint to share your stories about her incredible life and legacy.
And check out the videos below to see fun tributes to Julia Child.
Julia Child Montage for her 100th Birthday:
Dan Aykroyd’s SNL Parody of Julia Child: The French Chef
Julia Child reportedly loved the above SNL sketch so much she would show it to her friends at parties!