If Julia Child was still with us she'd be 105 years old today and in many ways she is more present than ever. I never had the pleasure of meeting this food icon but I have had the good luck to meet many of her proteges. I've spent many hours over great meals listening to stories about her. She was truly a fascinating woman. Did you know, for instance, that she was a former spy? It's true.
I've read all the biographies written about her, watched her shows endlessly and thought Meryl Streep did an excellent job portraying her on film. As many know, Boston is one of the few cities in the world where many of the top chefs are women. I credit this to Julia Child after hearing many stories of how she would visit restaurants here as the chefs sweat it out waiting for the verdict. She was typically quite happy with the food but then she'd ask to visit the kitchen and admonished all of the men that they needed to have more women chefs in the kitchen, too.
She is the most famous chef in America, maybe the world, a pioneer in television, a bestselling author and still an inspiration to cooks and chefs everywhere.
Happy Birthday Julia Child!