August 15, 1912: Julia Child is Born

Today marks the 102nd anniversary of Julia Child’s birth. The American chef was known for introducing French cuisine to the American public with her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her television cooking program, The French Chef. The PBS program was one of the first cooking shows on television, and set the foundation for food television as we know it today.

Join PBS in celebrating Julia’s legacy by checking out PBS Food’s Julia Child page.

Photos: (1) Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (2) Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History


Right now through the 15th, PBS is celebrating Julia Child’s legacy. You can get in on the fun by preparing a Julia Child recipe and sharing the experience with the hashtag #CookForJulia. Bon appétit!


Check out PBS Food’s Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Celebration playlist on YouTube for memorable clips of Julia. You’ll become friends with the Chicken Sisters, shout “save the liver!” and do the Julia Child shimmy.