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Julia Child Dies at 91

abstract:Julia Child passed away in her sleep early today, in her Montecito assisted living center located just one hour north of Los Angeles on the California coast.  Credited with bringing French culinary technique and style to the average home-maker via her popular first cook books, she went on to host "Bon Appetit"  on television and her distinctive warbling voice made her a favored icon of the culinary world.


August 13, 2004
— I learned the omlette technique from Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1978, and went on to purchase many more of her subsequent cook books.  In Julia Child and Company, volumes I and II, I learned to put French menus together and used many for the various entertaining scenarios for "entertaining the boss", "fabulous picnics" and other opportunities. 

In Cooking With Master Chefs I enjoyed meeting friends and colleagues of hers who explored further styles adapted from classic French technique using fusion cooking and worldwide ingredients.

I once bumped into Julia on Charles Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, where she was a resident, just as she was coming out of a book store, and she stopped to discuss the day and pleasantries shared over her current television program.

And still later she frequently appeared at the local cooking shop/school Sur La Table in Santa Monica, where she stopped in to give a class based on recipes or techiniques featured in the latest recipe book she was promoting.  Her devotion to maintaining classic recipes with the correct ingredients, say for example an article in Gourmet on knowing how to make a classic salad nicoise, will always resonate with me. 

Susy Davidson, a consultant working on "Good Morning America" said that Child set the standard for all professionals, always eager to learn something new and try new things with a generosity of spirit.  She was foremost a teacher and advocate for good food enjoyed in moderation.  Her longevity helps prove her point.  She will be missed.

Julia's Books

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Noel Riley Fitch's savory new biography, Appetite for Life, reveals a woman as appealing as the good food and serious cooking she popularized. As a California girl and Smith College undergraduate, Fitch writes, Julia McWilliams was notable for her high spirits and voracious appetite.



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