Julia Child (1912 – 2004) is best known as a French chef and TV personality who introduced French cuisine to American audiences during the 1960s and onward. She is the author of the classic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and the host of the TV cooking show The French Chef.
Born in Pasadena, CA, she moved to Paris with her husband Paul Child in 1948 after he was appointed an Exhibits Officer with the US Information Agency. It was there that her husband, known for his well-developed palate, introduced his wife to French cuisine. She also attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, where she first began formulating plans for a French cookbook specifically geared to American readers.
I began my culinary career by accident. When my oldest daughter began kindergarten, the school had a gourmet club to raise money for the PTA. Mothers volunteered to give cooking classes in their home and the proceeds went to the school. People seemed to love my classes. so when the club folded two years later, they asked me to teach professionally in my home. In my fourth year of teaching, a close friend of Julia Child invited me to assist Julia in several large cooking … more