Wednesday, April 9
I remember watching her on PBS as a little kid, but had no idea she'd already been a successful television chef for more than 20 years! Her first show, The French Chef, debuted in February 1963.
Little facts like how Julia's famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was titled "Mastering" instead of "Master" because she wanted readers to think of it as a process that you continually work on (as opposed to eventually becoming the "master" of) were really cool to learn.
Food Network put in a lot of great "vintage" footage of Julia's appearances with Emeril Lagasse, Sara Moulton, Wolfgang Puck, and others. I particularly liked Wolfgang's quote, "I can't believe I'm telling Julia Child how to cook. That's like telling God how to create the World."
The most touching part of the special was the description of her caring tirelessly for her husband Paul, whom she married in 1946. When he died in 1994, Julia spent the next ten years before she died promoting up-and-coming chefs through television shows and guest appearances.
Everyone who ever met or came into contact with Julia just speaks so highly of the woman who thought "pleasure was an inalieable right" and who "opened the door" for networks like Food Network and every person who appears on it today.
The Chefography ends with a description of how Julia eventually donated her kitchen to the Smithsonian here in D.C. and died peacefully in her sleep in 2004. Bob Tuschman gives a heartfelt thanks to the "force of nature" that is and was Julia Child.
With no commercial break.