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Julia Child

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Julia Child in Maine, 1951. Photo by Paul Child.


View of the Child's kitchen at 101 Irving Street in Cambridge, 1963. Photo by Paul Child.


The French Chef episode #66, New Year's - Croquembouche. Photo by Paul Child, 1965.


Julia Child, 1971. Photo by Paul Child.


Julia Child and other chefs and students at Le Cordon Bleu, 1950


Portrait of Julia seated by tree, 1981


Julia Child and Bill Cosby at Emmy awards, 1966


 The French Chef episode #24: Lobster a l'Americaine, 1963


Snapshot of Paul and Julia Child drinking champagne, 1981


Centenary exhibit poster


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Julia Carolyn McWilliams Child (1912-2004), an author of French cookbooks, teacher, and television personality, was born in California and graduated from Smith College. She served with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, married Paul Cushing Child in 1946, and studied at the Cordon Bleu while he was in Paris with the U.S. Information Agency. Her television series The French Chef first aired in 1963, launching a revolution in cooking and eating in the United States. It was followed by later programs, including Julia Child & Company, Julia Child & More Company, and Dinner with Julia. Her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking (written with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle) and many subsequent cookbooks and articles demonstrated methods and recipes of classic French cooking.

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