Around a month ago, I wrote about how my cooking classmates persuaded me to re-watch the movie “Julie & Julia“, in which food blogger Julie Powell decided to cook every single recipe in Julia Child’s cookbook – “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” – in an entire year. See my post on The Joy of Cooking here.
Today, I finally got my hands on Julia Child’s revered cook book, after being so intrigued by praise for Julia and her book from food bloggers all around the globe (in particular, food bloggers and writers from the USA).
Julia was a large bulky woman, who didn’t look particularly fitting in the kitchen, but it was her lively personality, freshness and originality that made her the influential woman she was, and will always be, in the minds of many. Watching the movie “Julie & Julia”, which depicted much of Julia’s life in Paris when her husband, a US diplomat to France, was posted in Paris, gives me hope that maybe one day, I will be able to cook well and leave my mark too.
It also happens that it would be Julia’s 100th birthday today, on August 15 (Julia was born on on August 15, 1912), if Julia was still alive. So even though she’s no longer around, let’s take the time to celebrate her mark in the modern woman’s kitchen, and to toast her dedication to making French cooking accessible and fun for all!
Happy Birthday Julia Child!
Here’s a video compilation of some of Julia’s TV appearances. Oh my dear, she is so hilariously funny.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e86VfUKTU9U?rel=0&w=640&h=360]