"The Cook, Julia Child "

Julia Child American chef, author and television personality

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Julia Child, retired
Julia Child (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004) was an American chef , author and television personality. She introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream through her many cookbooks and television programs, notably The French Chef which premiered in 1963. Her most well-known cookbook is Mastering the Art of French Cooking , published in 1961.[4][5]

In popular culture

Child was a favorite of audiences from the moment of her television debut on public television in 1963, and she was a familiar part of American culture and the subject of numerous references. In 1966 she was featured on the cover of Time with the heading, "Our Lady of the Ladle." In a 1978 Saturday Night Live sketch, she was affectionately parodied by Dan Aykroyd continuing with a cooking show despite profuse bleeding from a cut to his thumb. It has been told that Julia loved this sketch so much that she would show it to friends at parties. [ citation needed ] Jean Stapleton portrayed her in a 1989 musical, Bon Appétit! , based on one of her televised cooking lessons. The title derived from her famous TV sign-off: "This is Julia Child. Bon appétit!". She was also the inspiration for the character "Julia Grownup" on the Children's Television Workshop program, The Electric Company (1971-1977), and was portrayed or parodied in many other television and radio programs and skits, including The Cosby Show (1984-1992) by character Heathcliff Huxtable ( Bill Cosby ) and Garrison Keillor 's radio series A Prairie Home Companion by voice actor Tim Russell . Julia Child's TV show is briefly portrayed in the 1986 movie, The Money Pit starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long; the 1985 Madonna film Desperately Seeking Susan and the 1991 comedy Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead .

Julia Child and Meryl Streep

In 2009 Child was half the focus of the feature film Julie & Julia , with Meryl Streep portraying Child; see below for further details.

Julie & Julia is a comedy-drama 2009 film written and directed by Nora Ephron . The film depicts events in the life of chef Julia Child in the early years in her culinary career, contrasting her life with Julie Powell , who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child's cookbook during a single year.

Ephron's screenplay is adapted from two books: My Life in France , Child's autobiography, written with Alex Prud'homme , and a memoir by Julie Powell. In August 2002, Powell started documenting online her daily experiences cooking each of the 524 recipes in Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking , and she later began reworking that blog , The Julie/Julia Project, [1] into a book, Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (Little, Brown, 2005). The paperback was retitled Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (Back Bay Books, 2006). Both books adapted by Ephron were written and published in the same time frame of 2004 to 2006. The film is the first major motion picture based on a blog.[2]

Ephron began filming Julie & Julia in March 2008. Meryl Streep portrays Julia Child, and Amy Adams appears as Julie Powell. The film officially premiered on July 30, 2009 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City and opened throughout North America on August 7, 2009. [3]

1)•  ^ The Julie/Julia Project
2)•  ^ Philadelphia Weekly
3)•  ^ " Tweetin' Streep ". Zagat.com . July 30,, 2009.
4)•  ^ http://www.newsmodo.com/display.jsp?id=509084
5)•  ^ " Julia Child--Archive Interview Part 1 of 6 ". YouTube . 1999-06-25. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
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