Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California in 1912. (That was the same year my grandma Bess was born.) After graduating from Smith College, she worked for the OSS during WWII. Then she married Paul Child and they moved to Paris. Julia studied at the Cordon Bleu. She is credited with bringing French cooking to America. She was also an advocate for home cooking.
She had numerous appearances on TV, her own cooking shows, and authored numerous cookbooks. Her kitchen set used on her TV shows is now featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It is a part of the first exhibit on food history.
What struck me about Julia Child and my grandma Bess was the importance of cooking at home and having dinner with the family. Grandpa would be sitting at the table and Bess would put something to eat in front of him and then he would eat. He always thanked her and ate everything she put in front of him. As she placed the plate on the table, he would look at me, smile, wink and then dig in!
A few favorite and well-known recipes of Julia Child
Crepes Suzette--a thin folded or rolled pancake in a hot orange-butter sauce that is sprinkled with a liqueur (such as cognac or curaçao) and set ablaze for serving.
What are your favorite family recipes? Share them. What memories do you associate with food?
I think of my Grandpa on how happy food made him. I think of my mom and dad who were awesome chefs. My dad insisted on perfect "food presentation."
My sorority sisters from San Diego State University still talk about the brunch my mom and dad cooked for them.
Food, family & fun. Good food, wonderful smells, and laughter. That's the best recipe of all.
SK Out! Have a great week! Be happy!