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Julia Child, a woman of humor, vibrancy and talent, changed the way the American public looked at food in the kitchen when her 726-page cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking became a best seller in 1961. Today, August 15, would have been Julia Child’s 101st Birthday.

In 1963, Julia Child became a television sensation with her show The French Chef. Running for 10 years, the show won numerous Peabody and Emmy Awards. Child went on to star in many other TV programs as well as publishing a total of 18 books and countless magazine articles. 

She was known for her distinctive voice, her courage, her warmth and her charm. She encouraged people not to be afraid of cooking and to take delight in the process.

Vanity Fair contributing editor Laura Jacobs asserts in her feature article on Child that America had 3 leading ladies in the 20th century: Emily Post in the 20s and 30s, Eleanor Roosevelt in the 40s and 50s and Julia Child who took the helm in the early 60s and inspired the public to be fearless with food.

Her legend lives on in all those who agree with Julia’s belief that “we should enjoy food and have fun. It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.”