August 15th would have been culinary legend Julia Child’s 100th birthday. There is no doubt that Julia Child is missed by the way the nation has celebrated her birthday. Wednesday, she was the single most searched topic on google, and she’s been trending on twitter (#JuliaChild) with tweet after tweet as her centennial birthday approached. Even Google’s Doodle, (a logo usually found beside the google search bar) show’s Child in her kitchen and surrounded by everything that made her what she is. Pots and pans, whole chickens, fish and chocolate cake to commemorate this special day. Anyone who watched Child on television or had any knowledge of her whatsoever, knows that in that big pot would be her famous Boeuf Bourguignon, a stew prepared with beef braised in (traditionally) red wine.
Julia Child passed away in her sleep on Aug 13, 2004 at the age of 91. At the time she was one of the most admired public figures in America, and she was known for constantly declaring war on the diet police, and proclaiming that we should all enjoy chocolate and butter and wine with everything that it goes with. John Kessler, AJC chief dining critic, wrote his own personal remembrances of Child, and called her “a cultural touchstone, an incomparable personality, an iconoclastic voice of reason and great wit.”
In 1961, Child’s book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was published, and to this day is argued that this book isn’t just a cookbook, but may be one of the greatest self-help books ever written.
For a limited time, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has placed Child’s kitchen on display for any and all who would like to see. It was used as the set for three shows, and every pot, pan, tool, and spoon is arranged exactly how Child left it when she donated the kitchen to the museum back in 2001.
The movie Julie & Julia, (Julia Child portrayed by Meryl Streep) was released bak in 2009, and tells the story of how Child got started in her cooking precession, while intersecting with Julie Powell’s 2002 endeavor to cook every recipe in Child’s first cookbook. The movie is actually based on Powell’s autobiography “Julie and Julia.”
Julia Child’s 100th Birthday
On what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, the country celebrates the fun-loving pioneer who brought traditional French cooking techniques to the kitchens of American families.
In celebration of her 100th birthday, Julia Child Remixed by John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, for PBS Digital Studios.