Long before the advent of Rachel Ray and Gordon Ramsay, there already was Julia Child. She used to be a notable figure in US cooking shows, and was a prolific food writer who took the guesswork out of French cuisine for the American public.
Today, Google commemorates her 100th birthday with a doodle. Julia Child, who towered at 6ft. 2 inches, came out with the book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It was published in 1961 and then led to a TV series, The French Chef.
She went on to having other shows, Julia Child and Company and Dinner With Julia. Her efforts didn’t go unrecognized, as these made her win various broadcasting awards. She was also awarded the Legion of Honour by France.
Julia Child passed away in 2004, and was reintroduced to a new legion of fans by Meryl Streep’s portrayal of her in the 2009 film, Julie & Julia. The film depicted the culinary journey of a diplomat’s wife who went to the Cordon Bleu cookery school in Paris.
She may be gone, but Julia Child’s legacy lives on to this very day.