Now that is a woman that I could of been great friends with, anyone with a passion for food is someone who knows how to live life, and Julia Child knew how to live. She was a very popular TV chef and author who moved to Paris and while there fell in love with parisan food and wanted to learn how to cook it. She checked every bookstore in Paris and could not find a single English translated cookbook on French cuisine. She decided to create a cookbook that gave mainstream Americans a chance to discover sophisticated French cuisine and enjoy it just she did. Julia collaborated on a two-volume cookbook called Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which was groundbreaking. She also become a television icon with her popular cooking shows such as The French Chef, which I remember watching re-runs on PBS as a child.
I just recently discovered her book My Life in France which is an autobiography by Julia herself and talks about her experiences while living in France. I am currently still reading it but it just makes me realize how much Paris has made a difference to me just like it has to her. And let me say that this woman can describe food that just makes your mouth water.
If you are in the DC area head to the Smithsonian American History to see Julia Child's kitchen. I was able to see it back in 2009 and was amazed how they were able to reconstruct her kitchen and how tall everything was in her kitchen! I'm a short 5'3ish and I felt like a small child while peering in.
My husband and I were very fortunate to go to Paris for our honeymoon a few years ago and while there I had beef bugnion for the first time and fell in love with the dish. When we got back to the States I had to figure out how to make this wonderful dish and while searching around I found Julia’s recipe. While I was making it the smells took me back to that wonderful time I spent there. If julia was still alive today I would want to thank her for giving me a little piece of paris at home.