Image of Julia Child from her Television SHowGourmet French Chef and Author

Julia Child’s early career as an advertising copywriter had nothing to do with cooking or French cuisine. It was only after Julia and her husband, Paul, moved to Paris that she discovered the wonders of French food and wine. She described French cuisine as “an opening of the soul and spirit for me” and she was inspired to attend le Cordon Bleu cooking school.

Her knowledge of food and gourmet cooking blossomed and in 1961, she and two friends published Mastering the Art of French Cooking geared for American readers. This 700+ page cookbook, which is still in print, brought Julia fame and a contract for her long-running Emmy Award winning Public TV show, The French Chef. Her distinctive voice and manner charmed audiences and convinced viewers across America to learn about and try fine French cuisine.

Julia Child is often credited with inspiring today’s trend to preparing gourmet meals at home. She believed that cooking should be enjoyable and be seen an act of love towards family and friends. Today, her fans can view her kitchen at the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution and be inspired by Julia’s creativity.

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