An Original

Beef stew cooked with red Burgundy wine French cooking

Julia Child was an unlikely celebrity. She walked away from a conservative east coast upbringing, married an unconventional man (Paul Child) and moved to Paris. She took a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu and the rest is history. The 2021 documentary Julia on Netflix is almost as lively and brilliant as Julia herself.

Child was 6’2”, not traditionally telegenic, and warbled her dialogue. She returned to the U.S. to tout her co-authored cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Child requested a hot plate on a PBS talk show and they said “We don’t do that.” She insisted, her omelet demonstration launched her media career and was the beginning of televised cooking programs. Before Child, women were only set dressing on commercials and food advertising. After Child, other women followed as celebrity chefs!

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