Today, on the Knife & Fork Project Blog:
We’re celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday!
Julia was born August 15, 1912, which would make her 100 years old today. Sadly, she passed away in 2004, but she was really a founder of food on television and of Americans getting a taste of what making their own food from scratch and without processed ingredients could really be like. Her single-take cooking shows – originally due to budget constraints, but later because it had become her signature style – are classics and hold up as great entertainment and solid instruction to this day. Watching her attempt to construct a soufflé without it collapsing or unmold a flan from a sticky pan, or using her arm to sweep counters clean directly onto the floor so that she could show us something else in that space – she was a true individual who showed us that cooking can be anarchy, but anarchy can be fun.
So we salute her with an all-Julia meal, taken directly from Mastering the Art of French Cooking:
Our toque’s off to you, Julia Child. May your legacy continue to inspire generations of Americans to get their hands dirty throwing raw chickens around a kitchen and stuffing their own saucisson.
- The Knife & Fork Project Team