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Happy 100th Birthday Julia Child

Julia Child

Julia Child

Food Goddess Julia Child may have been 6 foot two, but it was her visage  (and voice) that was the face of cooking for decades in the 20th century.  Her culinary skills surpassed expectations due to her devotion and serious love for food.

Quite a few homages have been made to her over the decades.   And now, for her 100th birthday anniversary, people can't wait to pay their respects and celebrate with tributes.

I grew up watching Julia Child on Public Television.  Her cooking shows were humorous.  Her voice was quite unique; it made the name of every dish sound delicious.  Of course Julia's cook books were a must have, and if you pretended like you were her in the kitchen, your food always tasted better.

In 2002, Julie Powell challenged herself to cook every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook in one year's time, and blogged about it.  Seven years later, in 2009, the movie Julie & Julia chronicles that year and pays heartfelt tribute to Julia Child's life of cooking.  I think I learned more about Julia Child in that movie than I could have anywhere else.  Meryl Streep played an exceptional Mrs. Child, capturing her love of life and food, and her cultivation of both.  It is one of those movies one can never tire of.  Sadly Julia Child passed away in 2004, never getting to see one of the greatest homages to her ever created.

On August 15th, Julia Child will be 100 years old.  Many are paying early homage to this landmark day.  This two videos I thought were particularly clever:

Bon appétit!

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For Julia Child happenings and Restaurants celebrating her dedication to all things culinary: