Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cooking Idol: Julia Child

Julia Child has been somebody I have admired for a long time. She is fearless in the kitchen, and a kind and strong woman. She got her start in France when her husband moved the two of them there. She hadn't cooked much, they often went out to dinner, and Julia was becoming bored in this new country she didn't know very well. Her husband suggested that she should try a new hobby. She tried many different things, including hat making and bridge, but none of them seemed to be a good match for her. One night, over dinner, her husband asked her, "Well, what do you enjoy doing?" "Eating!" She replied. The next day, while walking the streets of Paris, she saw the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. She immediately joined, and found her passion for cooking.

Years later, after studying at the school both in classes, and privately under a number of master chefs, she joined a woman's cooking club and befriended Simone Beck. The two of them realized that there was no such thing as a french cook book for American women, and immediately started writing.

Later, Child moved back to America, finding a home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She tried forever to get her book published, being rejected numerous times by companies. Finally, Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published, and almost immediately became a best seller. A cooking show was soon to follow, along with a number of other books including My Life in France.

I adore Julia Child, and someday would love to go see the country and taste the food that inspired the passion of cooking in her. I recently obtained a copy of her book, My Life in France. I will post a review of the book as soon as I finish with it! Bon Appetit!

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