Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Julia!

Julia Child Born
August 15, 1912
Don Your Apron and Cook a Little Something
Though tributes to Julia Child are aplenty today, we offer a round-up of local resources by or about a woman who helped many a cook get in touch with their inner French chef.  Cookbooks first :

Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Julia Child and More Company
The Way to Cook
Cooking with the Master Chefs
Julia's Kitchen Wisdom

All About Julia
Appetite for Life by Noel Riley Fitch
My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
Julia Child by Laura Shapiro
A Covert Affair : Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant
Dearie : the Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

Don't forget the wildly entertaining Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell, book or book-to-film; the latter featuring a spot-on performance of Julia by Meryl Streep.

For Your Little Kitchen Assistant
Two charming books for kids:
Bon Appetit! the Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland
Minette's Feast : the Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich

Surf's Up
Julia's TV program, French Chef, premiered on PBS station WGBY in 1962. Catch a snappy tune tribute to Julia below, then click on over to PBS Food to watch Cooking With the Master Chefs, including episodes with Jacques Pepin, Emeril Lagasse, Nancy Silverton, Alice Waters, and Lidia Bastianich, among many others. Also find info and video tributes to Julia on or try a virtual tour of Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.