Food · Idols

The Master of French Cooking

Julia Child would be 100 today. (She passed away in 2004 at the age of 91.)

“Hello, I’m Julia Child.” Photo courtesy of

I’m not a great cook — last week, I turned innocent pancakes into WWIII. But I’ve always idolized Julia Child. I loved the movie Julie & Julia, which follows a woman who is determined to cook her way through Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Child was the first female admitted to Le Cordon Bleu. With the knowledge she learned at school, she decided to make French cooking easier for Americans because let’s face it, the thought of cooking boeuf bourguignon is daunting. With the help of Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, she collected the best French recipes out there, added her sense of humor and helpful tips, and changed the way Americans thought about food.

I really would like a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking — a first edition would be lovely. Not that I will every cook something from it, but just the thought of having Child’s masterpiece in my kitchen would make me feel like a better cook.

*Read this article by Julie Powell, the woman behind Julie & Julia.


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