Today is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Julia Child.
I’m thrilled that thanks to the big Julie & Julia movie/book craze of a few years ago, Meryl Streep’s lovely acting, and a plethora of new biographies and books, Julia has come back to the forefront of our cooking consciousness. Heck, today she’s even the Google Doodle!
When I was a kid, TV was not about limitless options. We had a small TV in the family room that got 5 whole channels…the 3 big networks, channel 41 which had all the crapola shows on it, and PBS. After Sesame Street and Captain Kangaroo finished, The French Chef with Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet (does anyone remember him?) came on.
No offense meant to Grover or Cookie Monster, but Julia was my favorite by a landslide. The family story goes that one day I came up to the kitchen (I was maybe 5 or 6 at the time and as you might imagine, quite theatrical) and announced to my mother, in my best Julia Child voice, that we should make “potato baskets” for dinner. Having just watched Julia shred pounds of potatoes and fry them into little potato birds nests, I thought that was a great weeknight meal idea!
Anyone who cooks, watches cooking shows on TV, owns a good cookbook, blogs about food, or enjoys a good meal probably has Julia to thank for paving the way. All of those folks making big bucks over at the food network should be holding a Juila Parade on this date every year.
She started it all. She was the original.
So thank you Julia. I loved you long before I could cook.