Happy Birthday Julia Child

Heather says:

It wasn’t until this morning that I realized that my youngest child shares a birthday with Julia Child, who is still my favorite tv chef. How appropriate is that?

I spent some time poking around on the old Internetz this morning, while trying to figure out where to take Ellie for her girly-girl day and while wearing her new plastic tiara, at her insistence. (I kind of fail at the girly-girl thing, I’m thinking the cosmetology school for a pedicure and a “fancy” lunch at a tea room, but if you have ideas, I’m open.) While looking I found this remix of Julia Child that had me giggling:

I also found that you can watch some of her shows on PBS.org and if you have Amazon Prime, you can stream many of her collections like The Art of French Cooking 1 for free.

I love that Julia Child focused on technique, that she was conversational without being gimmicky.

Random fact, did you know Julia Child was 6’2″? I’m 6′, so I pay attention to these things. . . . Anyhow, happy birthday to her and my youngest.

Do you have a favorite tv chef? If so, who and why?



13 Comments

  1. sorefined on August 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    A happy belated birthday to your little one!I also share a birthday with Julia Child, and was lucky enough to meet her once. We went to the same college and she returned for an event while I was attending and ate in our dining room. Her age was quite advanced at the time (she died just a year or two later), and even somewhat hunched over, she was still quite a bit taller than me. (I am 5’7″.) I usually hear that she was 6′, but 6’2″ seems like it would be a better estimate.

  2. bookchick on August 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    The 15th was also my sister’s 3rd anniversary.  It’s funny that you took myour daughter for a ‘tea party’, I threw the bridesmaids luncheon for my sister and we went to a tea room and had a ‘proper British tea,’, or as close as one can gte in Maryland anyway.

  3. ElaineBainbridge on August 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I learned so much from her books as I was growing up and used to love the TV shows

  4. ModrnHomemakers on August 15, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Happy b-day to your little girl!  I hope you 2 had a wonderful mommy daughter date.  That video was HILARIOUS… but thanks a lot because now I’m hungry at it’ 10PM so we both know I shouldn’t be eating 🙁  http://www.modernhomemakers.com

    • HeatherSolos on August 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

      ModrnHomemakers http://instagram.com/p/OXpXF8lu2j/ I’d say she had a blast. They really cater to little girls there. This sweet, elderly lady was enamored with her and she ate up being the center of attention. You see, it’s been football, football, and more football the past couple weeks and she’s felt left out.

    • HeatherSolos on August 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

      ModrnHomemakers http://instagram.com/p/OXpXF8lu2j/ I’d say she had a blast. They really cater to little girls there. This sweet, elderly lady was enamored with her and she ate up being the center of attention. You see, it’s been football, football, and more football the past couple weeks and she’s felt left out.

  5. kcdupee on August 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Nigella Lawson is my favorite TV chef.  I wish her show was on in the US.  Re: birthday stuff, fancy tea rooms with a five year old are not as much fun as they sound (think of your nerves about broken china and spilled tea and how long your daughter likes to sit at a meal – depends on the child, of course.)  An old-fashioned ice cream parlor might be better – both food and location are generally more child friendly, and what five-year-old wouldn’t like a humongous ice cream sundae or banana split with whipped cream and as much syrup as she can eat?

    • HeatherSolos on August 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      This particular one hosts lots of tea parties for little girls. She had a blast; with two big brothers and a not very girly mom, she was in hog heaven.

      • kcdupee on August 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        HeatherSolos Sounds perfect!  Our only nearby tea room left (4 have closed in the past 2 years) is rather stuffy.  I’m trying not to be envious.

  6. kelmar63 on August 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Did you know that not only was Julia Child a Master Chef she also worked for the Office of Strategic Services during WWII? She was one cool lady!  http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=5579095

    • HeatherSolos on August 16, 2012 at 7:10 am

      kelmar63 actually I did! I thought she was absolutely fascinating and the fact that she didn’t become a chef until after that career? Inspires me to continue on this path of making up my own career. 😉

  7. imabug on August 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Alton Brown is my hero. I’ve learned a lot of how’s and why’s in addition to some interesting techniques through Good Eats.

    • HeatherSolos on August 16, 2012 at 7:10 am

      imabug I do love me some Alton. He’s on my list of culinary heroes, too. I don’t get to watch Food Network often, but his is one of the few shows that keeps my interest. 

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