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“Inspired by Julia Child” Recipe Adventure

My first memories of Julia Child are from public television. Her confident, quirky, almost quivering voice coming over the airwaves. I was a youngster at the time, and didn’t fully comprehend what this woman on television was really doing (besides the obvious cooking part.) What I know now, is she was changing how Americans look at cooking.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I fell deeply in love with the kitchen. Today, it’s safe to say we are very happy together, my kitchen and I. But, I’ll be honest, one of the cuisines that freaks me out a touch is French. I LOVE French food (such as flakey delicate croissants), but it’s a bit intimidating to think about making a souffle or a quiche. Until Julia.

Like many people in the US, I have seen the fun movie, “Julie & Julia”. I own the movie, and pop it in often, and my family bought me the “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” cookbook for Christmas last year. So, in honor of Julia Child, I’m cracking that bad boy open, and we are going to get cookin’!

After seeing the movie, I wanted to know the more about Julia’s life. So, I read her delightful book (co-authored with her nephew), “My Life in France“, and learned so much about her. Here are my takeaways from the book:

  • She was in her late thirties when she discovered her life’s passion of cooking.
  • She was not one to blend with the crowd. Um, she was tall. Really tall.
  • She adored her husband.
  • She was a modern woman in her time, totally individual, unique and special.
  • She spoke her mind. Often.
  • She lived all over Europe while writing her cookbook.
  • She made cooking fun and approachable for everyone.
  • Her energy and love of life and food was, and is, infectious.

She inspired millions, even beyond her own lifetime. An inspiration indeed.

August 2012 marks Julia Child’s 100th birthday. Though she’s only with us in spirit, PBS has embarked on a “Cook for Julia” event, to encourage others to try her recipes and celebrate her life. Check out this fun event here.

So in celebration (and because I’ve wanted to try them out finally), I’m going to cook up some recipes from my “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” book. Nothing too complicated, and dishes we’ll actually eat as a family. (Sorry, no aspics here.) I’ve got some in mind, and I’ll link to them as they are posted. I’d invite you to cook along with me!

My “Inspired by Julia Child” Recipe Adventure:

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