Monday, August 13, 2012

100th Anniversary of Julia Child's Birthday


American cook, author, and television
personality Julia Child
(August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004)
August 15 marks the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth.  The tall (6-foot-2 inches) woman from Pasadena served in the OSS during World War II, married Foreign Service officer Paul Child and followed him to Paris, where she discovered-and learned- French cuisine.  Her cookbook Mastering the art of French cooking opened a new world for American cooks.  Her appearances on PBS expanded her audience’s appetite for French food.  Dan Ackroyd channeled her on Saturday Night Live; her kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachusetts home found a new home in the Smithsonian. 

Mountain View has several  of her cookbooks:  


On dvd, she ably demonstrated her culinary skills in French chef with Julia Child and French chef 2 .

Her experiences in France learning to cook were the basis of My life in France, completed by her grandnephew after her death (available on cd and in paper).  A collection of her correspondence,  As always, Julia: the letters ofJulia Child and Avis DeVoto  traced her friendship with Avis DeVoto and the struggle to publish Mastering the art.
We also have many books about her: Covert affair: Julia Child and Paul Child inthe OSS, (Jennet Conant) ; Julie andJulia: my year of cooking dangerously (Julie Powell); Julia Child  (Laura Shapiro); Backstage with Julia: my years with JuliaChild (Nancy Barr) and Appetite forlife: the biography of Julia Child (Noel Fitch). All currently available copies of these books can be found on the Julia Child display on the second floor.   

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