|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:
- Cooking at home
- Cooking with master chefs
- French chef cookbook
- In Julia’s kitchen with master chefs
- Julia Child & more company
- Julia’s kitchen wisdom
- Mastering the art of French cooking
- Way to cook
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.
Coming soon: Julia’scats: Julia Child’s life in the company of cats (Patricia Barey) and Dearie; the remarkable life of JuliaChild (Bob Spitz).