Julia Child (1912-2004) was an American chef, author and television personality. She’s recognized for introducing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.
The 734-page Mastering the Art of French Cooking was a best-seller and received critical acclaim that derived in part from the American interest in French culture in the early 1960s. It’s for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and want to reproduce savory delights of the classic cuisine at home, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. Composing 2 volumes, Mastering the Art of French Cooking is still in print and is considered a seminal culinary work thanks to its helpful illustrations and precise attention to detail.
Her famous television cooking show, The French Chef, had its debut on February 11, 1963, on WBGH and was immediately successful. The show ran 10 years and won Peabody and Emmy Awards, including the first Emmy award for an educational program. Though she was not the first television cook, Child was the most widely seen. She attracted the broadest audience with her cheery enthusiasm, distinctively charming warbly voice, and non-patronizing and unaffected manner. In 1972, The French Chef became the first television program to be captioned for the deaf, albeit in the preliminary technology of open captioning.
During this time, Julia Child’s second cookbook, The French Chef Cookbook, was published with a collection of recipes she had demonstrated on the show.
In the 1970s and 1980s, she was the star of numerous television programs, including Julia Child & Company, Julia Child & More Company and Dinner at Julia’s. For the 1979 book Julia Child and More Company she won a National Book Award in category Current Interest. During those years she also produced what she considered her magnum opus, a book and instructional video series collectively entitled The Way To Cook, which was published in 1989.
She starred in four more series in the 1990s that featured guest chefs: Cooking with Master Chefs, In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, Baking With Julia, and Julia Child & Jacques Pépin Cooking at Home. She collaborated with Jacques Pépin many times for television programs and cookbooks. All of Child’s books during this time stemmed from the television series of the same names.
Julia Child, with her famous cookbooks, helpful cooking series and DVD releases , became a legend in the food world. In August 7, 2009, Julie & Julia, a film adapted by Nora Ephron from Child’s memoir My Life in France and from Julie Powell’s memoir, directed by Ephron, was released to give us a further look at her life and also her influence to the next generations.
How about you, cooking lovers, are you inspired from this talented woman? Have you ever seen your mother watching her cooking series or tried her recipes at home? Please share your opinions in the comment section below 🙂
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